Blasphemy
Fallen Angel of Doom


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
October 12th, 2009 | 292 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 1st krieg

Canadian black metal band Blasphemy has been around for quite a long time, yet released such precious little material. Since the formation of the band back in 1984, they have subsequently released one demo, two full-length LP’s, and one live album. Each member in the band is known by a ridiculous, lengthy “ritual” name (as the band themselves put it), and their music, especially on their debut album Fallen Angel Of Doom is nothing but a straight-up black metal assault which was intended to send those progressive and avant-garde “black” metal pussies running for the door. It doesn’t sound like a formula which would work, especially considering all those other supposed “tr00 kvlt” bands out there making fools of themselves, but strangely enough, whether it be the sheer ferocity of the music or the time when the album was released, or a combination of both, it works nearly flawlessly.

1990’s Fallen Angel Of Doom is indeed a minimalistic piece of music, but that doesn’t mean that it is boring and unoriginal. See, back in 1990, Bathory was just releasing Hammerheart, Burzum and Emperor hadn’t even released a demo yet, Darkthrone was still death metal, and it was a year before Mayhem vocalist Dead gave his shotgun a blowjob. So, with the Scandinavian scene still shifting to its second wave, across the Atlantic in Canada, Blasphemy was still holding strong to a sound very reminiscent of the very early days of black metal, a thick black metal sound like early Bathory, but still clinging to some thrash and death influences. However, the album is still distinctly black metal, with a really muddy production, endless blast beats and near incoherent riffing from heavily distorted guitars.

Like I mentioned earlier, minimalism doesn’t mean that the album is boring. It’s quite the contrary, actually, because by keeping the song lengths short and the intensity through the roof, along with numerous shredding guitar solos, abrupt track changes, and eerie vocal arrangements, listeners are kept on their toes. It’s through this clever way of keeping the listener guessing that Blasphemy really shine with their very distinct flavor of black metal. The vocals aren’t raspy, but more guttural in a death metal kind of way which brings to mind the vocals of Finnish black metal band Beherit. They do, however, fit the unrelenting music damn near perfectly.

Fallen Angel Of Doom doesn’t bother with the hassle of keyboards or progressive song structures or anything of the sort, because what Blasphemy set out to do was to create a really impressionable, fairly inaccessible, and unrelenting piece of black metal. They do that and more, and with Fallen Angel Of Doom the band created a criminally overlooked album and one of the best records from the first wave of black metal, an album which is sadly overshadowed by the rise of the Norwegian scene shortly after Fallen Angel Of Doom was released. If you call yourself a black metal fan, or appreciate the works of early Bathory, or just want to hear a black metal album from the early 90’s which isn’t Scandinavian but is just as good, you owe it to yourself to hear this album.



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BallsToTheWall
October 12th 2009


44620 Comments


Band name/album title ahs cool written all over it. Have no time to check this out right now but will later. Good review, not quite as "Crysis" as usual.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I figured I'd go more non-personal with this one. You'd definitely dig this Balls, no doubt.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

TricksterGRex
October 12th 2009


2087 Comments


blasphemy rules, war metal

FadeToBlack
October 12th 2009


11034 Comments


i'll be checking this out, good review man

Eakflanderyof
October 12th 2009


2143 Comments


Yeah, this is some ****ing good evil ****. Way ahead of it's time.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.

It definitely is ahead of its time, its a pretty influential album.

illmitch
October 12th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was long due for a review, and you wrote a great one. blasphemy are ridiculously evil and very influential. i definitely hear a sarcofago influence in them.

Eakflanderyof
October 12th 2009


2143 Comments


Technically I'd say these guys were before Sarcofago.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't heard anything by Sacrofago, I'll definitely look into them though.

illmitch
October 12th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

earkflanderyof, now that i think about it, you're probably right. i was looking at the 1990 release date but forgot that blasphemy was formed way earlier, although Sarcofago released stuff earlier (INRI is 1987 i think).

and Crysis, I.N.R.I. is an absolute necessity, you should get it as soon as you can

Eakflanderyof
October 12th 2009


2143 Comments


Yeah, definitely look into Sarcofago Crysis. And yeah, I've actually mainly heard Sarcofago's stuff from '87. And it is fairly similar to this. I love their broken English too lol.

illmitch
October 12th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IF YOU ARE A FALSE DON'T ENTRY

Eakflanderyof
October 12th 2009


2143 Comments


SHE IS NO LONGER VIRGIN BECAUSE HAS BEEN ****ED BY SATAN

ssgongon7
October 12th 2009


98 Comments


Is this similar to Transilvanian Hunger?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not even close really.

illmitch
October 12th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there isn't really any (relatively) well-known black metal that you can compare this to

illmitch
October 12th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this will probably make hawks cry

hulksmashedface
October 12th 2009


60 Comments


this sounds really cool, def gonna check it out

illmitch
October 12th 2009


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should

fucking great dig btw

Relinquished
October 12th 2009


25200 Comments


Sick shit this is. Great review Crysis. I'mma call my brother to see if he still has this after all this time.



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