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Blasphemophagher - Nuclear Empire of Apocalypse - 95%

unkreation, June 25th, 2009

Let us begin! Blasphemophagher is a direct musical descendant from such cults, as Blasphemy, Sarcofago, Archgoat & Morbosidad. Moreover, they have already climbed upon the pantheon and today they are among the leaders of so-called "War Metal Scene".

This is a debut full-length offering from Blasphemophagher and it KILLS. It kills throughout the whole album, giving us no single moment of rest. Musically-speaking, Blasphemophagher plays raw, filthy, grinding and violent form of Death Metal, that is labeled today as "War Metal" or "Goat Metal". Growling vokills, chaotic guitar chainsaw, and violent wardrums! I won't say that this band carries that 80's feeling, like the previous reviewer said, but rather a modern day adaptation of it. The sound is pretty much clean even, which doesn't pose any obstacles for this devastating Hateful Metal Warmachine. Everything is executed just perfectly! The roaring guitar uses thrash riffs from time to time, while still retaining a chaotic edge to it. Blasphemophagher uses a variety of tempos. Most of the time the music is fast-paced, but there are quite slow moments as well, and it still sounds freaking violent even then!

I see no point in describing instruments separately. Let us just say, that they all contribute to the hellish cacophony that is Blasphemophagher! BUT this band doesn't sound like any other War Metal outfit, but rather shares the same spirit of total underground chaos! And I strongly recommend you to get the die hard LP edition (of course if you have an LP player) of this masterpiece, since it features two absolutely killer bonuses on a separate 7''! Lyrically the band deals with Atomic Nuclear Fucking Chaos! No more, no less.

Honestly, I stumbled upon this band absolutely randomly, having never heard anything prior to this full-length. But I was really impressed by it! I would say, that they are among my all-time favorites now! For all Ross Bay Cult fantatics, this is a MUST! No more words needed, just buy it.

Apocalyptic Truculence - 93%

UncleMeat, February 22nd, 2009

Blasphemophagher are one of those bands who capture the spirit and aggression that was present in all the 80’s and early 90’s black/death metal bands like Blasphemy, Abhorer, Sarcofago, Mystifier, Vulcano etc. perfectly. The genre has grown into something quite massive and my guess is that it will continue to do so, given the frequency of the amount of new bands who pop up every other day. I find this to be a good thing because personally, I cannot get enough of this sound. But like all genres, there are some real stinkers around who really shouldn’t be, but once you get past them, you will find some truly excellent gems who perfectly remind us all of the authenticity that was once present in metal before it died a horrible death around 1994.

Some claim there is no originality within the genre, but I wholeheartedly disagree. As I said, there are admittedly some cringe-worthy acts out there, but once you dig a little deeper, and listen more attentively, you begin to hear how a lot of the bands incorporate their own elements into the general aesthetics that they all follow. And as far as progression within the genre goes, why fix something that isn’t broken? If anything, this is probably one of the most regressive genres out there, and it works perfectly. No one listens to Blasphemy or Archgoat expecting to hear some technical fret-board masturbation, just complete and utter bestial war.

And bestial war is precisely what this album is. With its grinding tempos, unexpected rhythm changes, frenzied black/death riffing and demonic growls, one would not expect anything otherwise. After all, this is Blasphemophagher we are talking about. The vocals on here are a bit more guttural then on previous releases, but considering the fact that they seemed to get a tad lower with each release, this comes as no surprise. Although their more raspy vocals on the earlier releases worked fine as well, these seem to give the band an even more hellish sound then before. The guitars are a grinding wall of Blasphemy-esque apocalyptic truculence, but they do not stay at a constant tremolo picked frenzy as seen in bands such as Black Witchery. Blasphemophagher know how to add some variety to their riffing and incorporate some death/thrash influence drawn from 80’s Brazilian bands such as Sextrash and Holocausto, although not quite as much as on their first demo. The bass is easily audible and has the same tone seen on their past releases, which is a grimy and ugly buzz-like rumble, similar to the bass tone seen on the first two Hellhammer demos. Necrovomiterror’s drumming (awesome name, I know) has always been a step above most other black/death bands, and knows how to effectively use a double bass pedal (or has two kick drums) without hitting an off-tempo beat. Everything is all interwoven flawlessly and works absolutely perfectly.

Nuclear Empire of Apocalypse is a modern day classic, and once some time passes and the word of this album’s greatness reaches those who may not be familiar with the band, this album will be hailed as such, and that is a gurantee. Get this.