Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blasphemy – Fallen Angel of Doom… [1990]

Blasphemy is one of Canada’s most legendary bands, and one of the most influential and important black/death metal bands of all time. Formed in 1984, the band have unfortunately only ever put out four releases; their first demo “Blood Upon the Alter”, their debut full length “Fallen Angel of Doom…”, sophomore album “Gods of War” and a live album, each one a cut above the rest in terms of barbaric savagery. Right now, I’m going to ramble on about their amazing debut album…

Before going on, I will issue a warning: If you can’t handle raw and primitive black metal fueled by a healthy dose of death metal, extreme power and pure hatred, stop reading now. “FAOD” is by far one of the most primitive and extreme sounding records of all time, and it’s not for the faint of heart. To a lot of listeners, this album WILL sound like mush, due to the low-budget production job, but after spending some time with it you’ll begin to notice little details such as the bass heavy guitar tone, the pounding drum work, some of the sickest and most hateful vocals ever and the killer solos spread between some really interesting yet still primitive as fuck riffs. These songs are clearly the product of an eerie obsession with Sarcófago’s “I.N.R.I.”, the first Possessed album, mid-80’s Sodom and early Bathory. 

It’s impossible to deny the influence of such a great record. Songs like the title track, “Desecration”, the often covered “Ritual”, “Demoniac” and “Goddess of Perversity” really speak for themselves and there’s not much more to be said about “Fallen Angel of Doom…” except that it really is a must hear for a serious underground black or death metal fan and quite possibly the greatest extreme metal album of all time.

Goddess of Perversity

Final Rating:
Legenadary 10.0/10