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Blasphemy – Fallen Angel of Doom (2015 Vinyl Reissue)

Blasphemy
Fallen Angel Of Doom (2015 Vinyl Reissue)
by H.P. Buttcraft at 13 August 2015, 1:33 AM

BLASPHEMY are an early 1990’s Black Metal/Death Metal outfit from British Columbia who debuted this album, “Fallen Angel Of Doom…” in 1990. Although still performing, BLASPHEMY hasn’t published any new material since 1993. BLASPHEMY is one of those bands that I feel I should know who they are and what they’re known for by now but that couldn’t be further from the truth. BLASPHEMY’s logo seems like something that a true metalhead would have as a patch on his or her denim jacket to display their elite appreciation for Death Metal. I have never heard this band before but Nuclear War Now! Productions has decided to brush the cobwebs off of this old-school Death Metal relic.

If you expected “Fallen Angel Of Doom…” so sound raw, vicious and inspired in the way that only an early 90’s Black/Death Metal band from Canada could sound you would be absolutely right in thinking so. Sometimes, the atmosphere of this record is downright spooky and unsettling. I would compare certain periods of the listening experience to being in a really well-done Halloween haunted house. You know how fake everything is but you still get this deep, natural impression that things are so off- kilter that the presence of a supernatural, evil force may be what’s causing the fear and dread you feel inside. I got this same sensation from “Fallen Angel Of Doom…” That’s extremely impressive for an album that is in its 25th year of release. But still, there are some things are not quite yet as well-trained or focused as they should be. Particularly with the vocal rhythms and the lead guitars. And although I am sure Nuclear War Now! has gone through great efforts to try and remaster the quality of “Fallen Angel Of Doom…”, I think a lot of the drum’s sound has gotten muddied or otherwise totally lost. Chalk that one up to probably being recorded on tape and the effects of age on its quality. I really feel like what is left is a very repetitive and empty drum tone throughout the whole album and the shame is that even with the technology we have at our disposal today, we could not seem to repair.

So do I think BLASPHEMY made a memorable album that has stood the test of time? Yes I do. “Fallen Angel Of Doom…” is way more extreme than what most other bands from North America were doing at the time. BLASPHEMY really combine the brutal assault of Death Metal and Grindcore bands of that same era but retain a sinister presence on all of their songs like their European Black Metal counterparts. I feel much more elite having listened to BLASPHEMY and I recommend you revisit “Fallen Angel Of Doom…” or if you’ve never heard it, even better. All your friends will admire your obscure and authentic taste in Death Metal for having done so.


3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Winds of the Black Godz (Intro)
2. Fallen Angel Of Doom
3. Hording Of Evil Vengeance
4. Darkness Prevails
5. Desecration
6. Ritual
7. Weltering In Blood
8. Demoniac
9. Goddess Of Perversity
10. The Desolate One (Outro)
Lineup:
Nocturnal Grave Desecrator And Black Winds – Vocals & Bass
Caller Of The Storms – Guitar
The Traditional Sodomizer Of The Goddess Of Perversity – Guitar
3 Black Hearts Of Damnation and Impurity – Drums
Record Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
     


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