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Gods Of War + Blood Upon The Altar - Blasphemy

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Blasphemy / Import / Audio CD released 2002-01-28 at Unknown Label

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      24.03.2008 00:37
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      Blasphemy's second album (1993), with 1989 demo.

      Canadian black metal band Blasphemy accidentally pioneered the sub-genre of "war metal," or rather fast and aggressive black metal mixed with grindcore influence and lyrical themes of annihilation. While almost all of the imitation acts are pretty unbearable, Blasphemy's early material still has the same raw enjoyment as much early black metal, clearly owing a large part of its sound to Bathory (especially present in 'Ross Bay Intro,' which is indistinguishable from early Bathory intros with its howling wind, church bell and other eerie sounds), but absorbing enough contemporary grindcore influence to keep most of the compositions short, sharp and to the serrated point, often going overboard in all areas.

      'Gods of War' is Blasphemy's second album, and the prevalence of these ridiculously short songs results in a length of only twenty minutes. Even the slightly longer songs are often made shorter thanks to the overlong and pointless intros, which end up consuming around five minutes themselves, but you have to admire the band's dedication and attitude (and if you don't, you really shouldn't be listening to this in the first place). Some of the guitar riffs are excellent in an early black metal way, particularly that of the band's title song 'Blasphemy,' and finale 'Empty Chalice' sees the rest of the band finally putting in the effort and making a great and agonisingly heavy musical assault.

      Due to its short length, it really wouldn't be worth recommending this album even to those who may have been interested, but fortunately the decision was made at some point to append all CD versions with the band's original 1989 demo 'Blood Upon the Altar.' There is some minimal overlap of material, but the quality of these later songs is up to the standards of its predecessor, and the sound quality is surprisingly good for a black metal demo; most of them are still fairly inaudible and garage-quality even with modern recording equipment. There's a greater death metal influence in these later songs, which prevents the album from becoming too samey, but with thirty-second-long songs, tedium isn't really your primary concern.

      1. Intro: Elders of the Apocalypse / Blood Upon the Altar
      2. Blasphemous Attack
      3. Gods of War
      4. Intro / Atomic Nuclear Desolation
      5. Nocturnal Slayer
      6. Emperor of the Black Abyss
      7. Intro / Blasphemy
      8. Intro / Necrosadist
      9. War Command
      10. Empty Chalice
      11. Ross Bay Intro
      12. War Command
      13. Demoniac
      14. Intro to Weltering
      15. Weltering in Blood
      16. Ritual
      17. Nocturnal Slayer
      18. Blasphemy
      19. Intro / Blasphemous Attack / Outro

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Apocalypse Side
      2 Intro: Elders of the Apocalypse
      3 Blood Upon the Alter
      4 Blasphemous Attack
      5 Gods of Wars
      6 Intro: Atomic Nuclear Desolation
      7 Nocturnal Slayer
      8 Abyss Side
      9 Emperor of the Black Abyss
      10 Intro: Blasphemy
      11 Intro: Necrosadist
      12 War Command
      13 Empty Chalice
      14 Ross Bay Intro
      15 War Command
      16 Demoniac
      17 Intro: Weltering in Blood
      18 Ritual
      19 Nocturnal Slayer
      20 Blasphemy
      21 Intro: Blasphemous Attack
      22 Guitar Effect Outro