Blaspherian
Allegiance to the Will of Damnation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Conservationist USER (3 Reviews)
May 31st, 2009 | 8 replies | 2,892 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This EP makes a new voice out of old school death metal.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Making a voice of its own out of the fertile ground left by old school death metal, Blaspherian combines the thunderous riffing of primitive death metal with the cryptic song structures of occult black metal. This creates "riff poems" that approach a topic, work themselves through an understanding of it, and then withdraw into an atmosphere of crushing heaviness.

In other words, <i>Allegiance to the Will of Damnation</i> uses the simple riffs in complex formulations that made bands like Morpheus Descends and Asphyx favorites among the old school. Riffs range from faster more complex riffs to one-chord rhythm riffs on which it floats as if on a cushion of air; the band likes to use a simple riff in a complex rhythmic context to transition between verse and chorus. Blaspherian also employ a number of one- and two-chord rhythm riffs that ride an unsyncopated rhythm into bounding, pummeling heaviness.

Vocals resemble the occult rantings of Sadistic Intent or Resuscitator, and song pacing calls to mind the spirit of the aforementioned Asphyx. Songs come together from two or three riffs, and reconfigure these in bizarre patterns reminiscent of Celtic Frost, repeating riffs in new contexts as if decrypting the Qabalah in moonlight.

While this EP does not come to us with a new take on the metal style, it does bring a new voice, and that it fashions this voice from cavernous old school riff groups does not make a difference. It shows us a vision, ambiguous and dark, of an esoteric reality which we the fans of aggressive deathlike music would like to visit.


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ThusSpokeZarathustra
May 31st 2009



293 Comments


The album cover makes it look like this is leaning more towards the black metal end of things.
Anyways good review, I'll have to check this out.

illmitch
May 31st 2009



5429 Comments


interesting, i love old-school death. i'm definitely gonna have to check this out, quality review.

Hyperbore
June 1st 2009



856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album's great. ThusSpokeZarathustra, it's one of those that (like the suggested Infester and Morpheus Descends) tie death metal and black metal together

burnafterbreeding
June 1st 2009



1466 Comments


Well written review, though a tad too short. I'll check this out.

Hawks
January 25th 2011



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is pretty sweet stuff.

Motiv3
October 2nd 2012



8421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was ok. Album is much better.

kitsch
October 2nd 2012



5105 Comments


> The album cover makes it look like this is leaning more towards the black metal end of things. Anyways good review, I'll have to check this out


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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2013



11408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know what these guys' secret is, but their production jobs are absolutely perfect.

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