Metal Blade Records
September 5th, 2006
Release length: 39:46
Devour The Power is one hell of a release, and a shocking one at that for Blackmarket Activities. The music on this album is primarily power metal, and it is very well done. The only issue with it is that sometimes it sounds too much like the band Children Of Bodom. Take the song “Ripped Apart By The Juggernaut Of Fornication” for instance. This song has one hell of an insane intro, but then the rest of the song takes so much from Children Of Bodom it’s incredible. The only things that really distinguish the difference in this song are the use of gutteral vocals, as well as breakdowns and keyboard sounds that make one remember the old Nintendo Entertainment System. But, there are still some great original sounding tracks on this release.
Aside the introduction track “The Summoning” and the ambient interlude “Eternal Voyage Of The Geishmal Undead”, much of the album is an insane fantastical ride that will make you want to mush holding your twenty sided die. This blend of music makes for some sick songs, which include “Hang The Vermin”, “Gods Of War And Open Sores” and “Hellfire”. As mentioned “Ripped Apart” is a song that has some unoriginal moments, “Seduced By The Locrian Temptress” being one hell of a “dedication” track to the aforementioned inspirational band, and the track “The Beast That Cannot Be Fed” falters from the same issue, as well as what seems like an unnecessary breakdown. However, the track “Mutilated Cranial Origice” is a song that just clashes, as it sounds more like a black metal song with breakdowns, and just seems extremely overdrawn by the end.
While Devour The Power isn’t a picture perfect album, it definitely shows off an original take on the style of putting harsh/screaming vocals over power metal with keyboards. A good majority of the songs on here will kick you in the ass if you can look past the idol worship fact, which for some is hard to do. If you happen upon this CD and don’t mind the occassional breakdown, it is worth your time. The music is fun, fast paced, and will kick you right square in the ass.
01. The Summoning – 1:15
02. Hang The Vermin – 4:15
03. Gods Of war And Open Sores – 3:40
04. Ripped Apart By The Juggernaut Of Fornication – 3:23
05. Battle Cry – 4:00
06. Eternal Voyage Of The Geishmal Undead – 1:04
07. The Beast That Cannot Be Fed – 3:40
08. Mutilated Cranial Orifice – 2:30
09. Seduced By The Locrian Temptress – 4:32
10. Hellfire – 5:27
11. Bring The Exodus – 6:00
|Overall Score: 7.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.