Two things always contribute to creating epic original black metal. One is location, and by being based in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains provide the ideal canvas for technical symphonic black metal band Sar Isatum to sweep broad musical brush strokes across a vast vista, musically, mentally, and physically.
The second is lyrical inspiration. Sar Isatum eschews all the usual flogged-to-death lyrical clichés of black metal to take inspiration from a variety of sources. The very name "Sar Isatum" comes from the Sumerian dialect. It means "King of Fire." Indeed, both the Sumerian and Annunaki empires provide strong lyrical inspiration. Inspired by Emperor, Dark Funeral, Gorgoroth, Sothis and Craft, band member J.P Dalkhu describes Sar Isatum’s music as “ethereal, nefarious, repugnant, abhorrent, cryptic.”
Sar Isatum has high expectations of the upcoming debut album "Shurpu," but at the same time, the band creates for itself, not copying what has come before, but fans of various styles of black metal will find much to appreciate here. As Dalkhu so lyrically says Sar Isatum creates “a variation of extreme and atmospheric black metal as if one went through a burning battlefield and witnessed horrid devastation.” Dalkhu feels that this is the best band its members have ever been a part of and are constantly evolving as musicians. Teaming up with IndyMetalVault, Sar Isatum shares with fans their third single "Black Gate." Check it out at this location, or just in the player at the top. The band comments:"'Black Gate' is one of our simplest songs with a more traditional black metal influence, and different from the other songs on the album. Lyrically 'Black Gate' is about a family who is ostracized from their village and then chooses to set up a new home on the edge of forest ruled over by a powerful witch. After kidnapping the family’s baby and using its remains in a ritual to enact flight upon a broom into the full moon, the witch decides to possess the younger children and then the oldest daughter who she aids in the killing of her parents. The oldest daughter then chooses to sign a pact with the Devil joining his coven of witches in the forest. 'Black Gate' represents the barrier between the woods and the area outside, and only by joining the Devil’s coven are you allowed to enter freely."
The track listing for "Shurpu" is:
1. Sar Isatum 2. Chenoo 3. Black Gate 4. Gormandizer 5. Celestial Diaspora 6. Vanaspati 7. Halls of Pestilence