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Blaspherian: Infernal Warriors of Death
Slam Death Metal
Deathgasm Records
March 8th, 2011
Release length: 36:30
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Formed in 2004, Blaspherian is a Death Metal act from houston, Texas, that has been taking the underground Death Metal scene by storm. The band recorded some various releases ranging from splits to demo material over the years, and finally signed with Deathgasm Records to issue their debut full-length effort, Infernal Warriors of Death. With a suitable label behind the band, the only thing remaining is to see if the band’s recordings for this full-length release would be as good as their previous ventures that have been captivating Death Metal fans around the U.S. for many years.

The core of Blaspherian‘s music on Infernal Warriors of Death is to create heavy, bass-driven (in sound, not just the instrument) tracks that typically are performed at a slower pace, though some tracks, such as “Desecration Eternal”, are not afraid to speed things up for a little while. Some of the tracks seem to be taking heavily from slam Death Metal acts with shades of Incantation and Immolation, having some higher technicality to the riffs then some traditional Death Metal bands, slam oriented or not. The production of the release is a more raw quality, and really focuses on the bass aspects of the music to create a crushing atmosphere that feels muddy, but brutalizing. The deep gutteral vocals sound flawless and show a decent enough range to not sound repetitive or monotone, coming off intimidating against the backdrop of punishing and brutal Death Metal. What also works in favor of the album are the gang chant moments that appear, though nowhere as extensive as traditional chants, sticking closely to a Death Metal guideline, but it just gives the song a little more intensity when done right, and luckily not done all the time to the point where it becomes mundane.

Infernal Warriors of Death features some really intense music that will make you just want to run to the nearest living thing and destroy it. The heaviness matches the punishing attitude of the songs, and with eight tracks total, there’s plenty of brutality to go around. Each track has a unique sound to it with deep guitars that hammer away at the listener, such as “Lies of the Cross” which will make you want to mosh right where you are in the most violent of methods possible, especially during the breakdown that occurs near the end just by how punishing it genuinely sounds and comes across. You also have the more traditional Death Metal sounding “Desecration Eternal”, but the track still packs that burdening atmosphere that feels like a kick in the gut as the band commands over you with all their vicious might. “In the Shadows of His Blasphemous Glory” is just another intense ride that curb stomps you non-stop from start to finish with intense riffs that aren’t quite as technical as the rest of the release, but it still does a good job at what the band clearly set out to do with this release, which is to be as crushing as possible. The song also bleeds into “Invoking Abomination”, which is the first song on the release to actually show any really groovey Death Metal material and not focus solely on crushing music, giving it a nice change of pace for the release.

What else can be said about this effort? The music is great and the production really adds to it and makes it that much more enjoyable. The only thing that can be said about the album is that there isn’t much in the line of variety as far as the music goes. Yes, the songs have enough unique elements to them to keep the songs from being repetitive, but until you reach “In the Shadow of His Blasphemous Glory”, it’s essentially the same brand of Heaviness, atmosphere, and all around approach from the band. After a while, it tends to be a little too much, though there’s nothing on here to keep you from coming back to enjoy the full experience again at a later date when you’re refreshed and ready for another couple of rounds. But, it’s also not the most original release either. The band clearly takes from the aforementioned Slam Death Metal influences, with a strong fixation on Incantation. Even the brutal and crushing atmosphere isn’t too unique, but what is unique about it just how heavy it genuinely sounds. But, honestly, the lack of a truly unique and original sound doesn’t necessarily hurt the release, though it’s clear the band just went with what they knew best, and brought a lot of energy into the mix, which works out well in the long run.

If you’re a fan of Death Metal in it’s most sinister and crushing form, Blaspherian‘s full-length debut Infernal Warriors of Death is perfect for you. All eight tracks on the recording are solid, brutal slam Death Metal, and the atmosphere really works to capture it well. There’s some unique traits to the songs, but some don’t offer enough variety, though the material will hold your attention for a while, and have you running back later. For a first full-length, this is quite an impressive way to start things off, even though this is far from the band’s first impression. Either way, if you haven’t had a chance to experience this band yet, then make sure you do the very next chance you get.

01. The Disgrace of God – 4:27
02. Desecration Eternal – 3:34
03. Sworn to Death and Evil – 4:08
04. Lies of the Cross – 4:44
05. Infernal Warriors of Death – 4:56
06. In the Shadow of His Blasphemous Glory – 4:33
07. Invoking Abomination – 5:04
08. Exalted in Unspeakable Evil – 5;01
Overall Score: 9/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Deathgasm Records via Clawhammer PR.