Blaspherian
Infernal Warriors Of Death


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
March 13th, 2012 | 81 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


It took them four years of what I assume was profane contemplation, but Blaspherian have finally returned to the fold with the release of their first LP Infernal Warriors of Death. Earlier material such as Allegiance to the Will of Damnation certainly made a name for these Texan blasphemers, but I feel safe in saying that this is record is what the band has been working towards since its inception. As it stands, this is the best piece of death metal I’ve heard so far this year – let me tell you why.

Infernal Warriors of Death can be initially off-putting due to its almost impenetrable nature – this is a very dense record and it’s not difficult to mistake its opacity with dullness. Much like Ignivomous, Blaspherian take the intensity of early Immolation and combine it with the filthiness of Incantation, resulting in a structurally proficient slab of death metal – what makes this record is inarguably the composition of its eight tracks.

Right from the very first track, one can’t help but notice how Blaspherian begin with a certain motif and make subtle variations around it, slowly enhancing the atmosphere and building it up. The opener ‘The Disgrace of God’ is actually one of the best examples of this – blasting sections of brutality worm their way through doom-laden terrain, yet the focus and rhythm of the song is never lost. This compositional element is in a way reminiscent of Immolation’s structuralist approach to death metal, though Infernal Warriors of Death certainly ‘sounds’ a lot more like Incantation than anything.

It might be worth noting that there are no lead breaks or solos on this album – it’s entirely carried through by devastating riff after riff, though this is by no means a complaint. While the composition of the songs here can be appreciated, there’s absolutely no shortage of face-destroying riffs. Blaspherian make sure to highlight these within their songs, basing their structures on how best to emphasise the attention-grabbing passages. One of the best examples is definitely the title track, which toys around with riffs that lead you on without any real closure, but then in the last minute just pummel you with one of the heaviest riffs I’ve heard.

Most of you who are actually interested in this record will be glad to hear that it just keeps giving and giving. I’ve had this on constant rotation for several weeks now and it hasn’t really become stale at all – if anything, it just gets better the more I familiarise myself with it. For fans of early 90s US death metal, fans of the real heavy shit, Blaspherian will be a breath of fresh air in a scene full of lesser revivalists. Don’t miss out on this.



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rasputin
March 13th 2012


14544 Comments


written early 2011

this didn't really need another review but my writeup is no longer online due to the site it was originally published on undergoing a makeover

Ovrot
March 13th 2012


10494 Comments


neat

CaptainDooRight
March 13th 2012


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, love this album

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ShadowRemains
March 13th 2012


20700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love the production on this thing

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2012


16388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great record, great review, although I'm not sure what that hyperlink is there for at the end of the
third paragraph.

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MO
March 13th 2012


18667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review rasp

album is siiick

qwe3
March 13th 2012


21362 Comments


hahaha profane contemplation awesome

rasputin
March 13th 2012


14544 Comments


although I'm not sure what that hyperlink is there for at the end of the
third paragraph.


my bad, will fix

cheers for the kind words fellas

KILL
March 13th 2012


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet ass review

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ffs
March 13th 2012


4873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band is top on my lastfm recs

Wizard
March 14th 2012


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was so fucking bored listening to this, come one rasp hahahaha. Am I the only faggot who sees this?

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CaptainDooRight
March 14th 2012


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

surprised

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2012


18465 Comments


this rules

NO MORE GODDDDDDDDDD

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Wizard
March 14th 2012


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fuck, giving this borefest another listen right now, been about 10 or so and I fall asleep everytime.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2012


18465 Comments


wiz just imagine giving satan a blowie it makes it better trust me

rasputin
March 14th 2012


14544 Comments


Fuck, giving this borefest another listen right now, been about 10 or so and I fall asleep everytime.


I dunno man, I just get hypnotised by the build of the riffage. It's all about the sonwriting on this album.

Adabelle
April 5th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gets better and better

Anthracks
April 5th 2012


3740 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cant believe i agree with wizard on something

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DestroyHim
May 30th 2012


173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

goes remarkably well with pornography.

ffs
July 11th 2012


4873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the riffs are sogood!!! ! !



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