Dallas, TX’s blackened death metal band (although they like to label themselves deathened black metal) Sparrows shows all the signs of a band with promise for years to come, and that is always good news since Mark of the Beast: Indoctrination is the first part of a trilogy. There is no word on the connection between the albums in this series yet, from listening to the first part, it is hate-infused death metal with plenty of black metal undertones.
With unmitigated violence and anger, Sparrows rips through 6 beastly tracks like a bulldozer destroying its mark. Although Mark of the Beast: Indoctrination is self-recorded, self-mastered and self-released, it has the production values of much more than that. The album sounds great for the most part with only a few elements of less-than-stellar production that stick out to me.
While the entire album is pretty good, I keep going back to Cellar of the Damned as my go-to track on the album. It is more melodic than the other tracks and seems to be a much deeper track. Other tracks, like Brainscan, rock simply because they push down the gas pedal and never ease up.
Mark of the Beast: Indoctrination Track Listing:
01. Drunk on the Blood of Fools
02. Cellar of the Damned
04. Irradiated Boars
05. The Trinity Denied