Baphomet (NY)
The Dead Shall Inherit


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (63 Reviews)
September 19th, 2012 | 40 replies | 2,646 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brutally powerful and armed to the brim with excellent riffs, The Dead Shall Inherit is one of early death metal's stronger albums.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Baphomet made damn sure their second effort would elude the majority of death metal listeners, considering their name change to Banished; however, their début, The Dead Shall Inherit, managed to gain significantly more exposure, and is a very strong album and easily one of the better albums released in the early death metal scene, with several features that allow it to beat out some better known members of its competition.

Instrumentally this album is mostly fairly simple, though the quality of execution is tight all round. The guitars riff with great effectiveness and head through tremolo picked and chorded segments with good proficiency, with little in the way of variation in each part and with a very solid synergy with the drums. The bass playing is audible and more or less the same as the guitars, playing equally tightly and providing a solid backing for the rest of instruments. The drums are vary in pace quite considerably but are mostly played in fast double bass patterns with intricate variations and with some slower sections. The vocals are consistently excellent, with low guttural roars that perform a lot more effectively than those in other bands that attempt the same style. The production is very weighty, giving each palm mute on guitar a crushing feel while giving the drums and bass a good deal of clarity while the vocals head above.

The album opens with the predictably crushing The Suffering, which immediately opens with an awesome pair of riffs after a short intro section, with some great drum work and a good set of tempo changes that set the song on a brutal course. Through Deviant Eyes likewise opens with a set of excellent riffs, with a use of blast beats in the appropriate areas for emphasis as well as some great bass fills. Valley Of The Dead opens with a short bass-led section before delving into more groovy, mid tempo riffs that still maintain interest. Torn Soul opens at high speed in contrast to several other tracks here, with a blast beat dominating much of the beginning of the song, while Vile Reminiscence also opens quickly before returning to a slower tempo for a suitably crushing effect, with fairly frequent tempo variations keep it viciously powerful and varied. Age Of Plague likewise features varying speeds and crushing riffs, while album closer Streaks Of Blood, which was later covered by Dying Fetus, shuffles along at a slow and brutal tempo that makes it one of the best tracks on the album in conjunction with its superior riff quality, while and absolutely crushing breakdown is also featured and tastefully applied.

The main issue with this album is probably that it never quite changes its overall dynamics as an album much. Many of the songs are structured similarly, and while all of them are great tracks, they don't quite provide the variety to keep the album interesting near the end of the album, despite the clear qualities of each individual track. However, the overall album quality is very high and it should easily appease any person searching for quality old school death metal. Certainly this is an underrated album of the American death metal scene of the early 90s and superior to many better recognized albums.

Recommended Tracks:
Through Deviant Eyes
Streaks Of Blood
The Suffering
Valley Of The Dead
Vile Reminiscence
Infection Of Death



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TheSpirit
September 19th 2012



17144 Comments


Great album good review

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

CaptainDooRight
September 19th 2012



28311 Comments


"Instrumentally this album is mostly fairly simple, though the quality of execution is tight all round"

i agree with this and they do it well

*keep in mind, it's up to you, but song titles are usually in qoutations and album name is in italics and band name is just capitalized, per kyle w.

Good review sir and solid album. Pos'd

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

Madbutcher3
September 19th 2012



1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer italicizing things, it just looks slightly better IMO. I also try to avoid mentioning the album name in the same paragraph as the song names just to avoid any potential confusion.
Thanks for the pos btw.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



18005 Comments


yeah i like this album

Digging: Autechre - Draft 7.30

alachlahol
September 19th 2012



7471 Comments


whats the point of that first paragraph?? theres literally billions of dm bands that only released one
album and then 'disappeared'

the bass drum here is some of the weakest shit ive heard and holds this album back

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



18005 Comments


agreed it sounds kind of like a wet fart click

Madbutcher3
September 19th 2012



1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lots of bands that released one album initially ended up having crappy reunions in the 2000s. Just check Resurrection seriously.
But granted yeah there were a lot of bands that did release single albums and then disappeared, but they're surprisingly few in number. I mean even Convulse are regrouping.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



18005 Comments


this band technically didnt disband, they had to change their name to Banished because of some german band named Baphomet

they released another album its just under another band name

Madbutcher3
September 19th 2012



1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah wasn't the German Baphomet the one that became Banished? I though their vocalist left or something so they made a new group.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



18005 Comments


nope banished is definately this band, there are even rerecorded tracks from this album on deliver me unto pain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCJp7K0xHtk

Madbutcher3
September 19th 2012



1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh. Good rerecording all things considered.

CaptainDooRight
September 19th 2012



28311 Comments


I see what you're saying bro, that works for me, I'm def not anal about it.

Album is def 3.5-4

bloc
September 19th 2012



34669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lovely stuff

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

GiaNXGX
September 19th 2012



4867 Comments


Album's good and review's good, well, but don't know why but this album just does not "clicks" with me as much as many
other OSDM shit

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



16242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this riffs

ViralOblivion
September 19th 2012



7679 Comments


i cant find this someone help?

Hawks
September 19th 2012



34344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet album.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



18005 Comments


http://bit.ly/QCZrGa

CaptainDooRight
April 9th 2013



28311 Comments


rules

Hawks
July 4th 2013



34344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah, this is still awesome.



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