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Blaspherian - Infernal Warriors of Death
Review: Salvaging the dark atmosphere from old school death metal, Blaspherian distill a wide lexicon of technique into their own style of thunderous doom-death. Infernal Warriors of Death, while its cover evokes the Immolation influence lurking especially in its vocal patterns, synthesizes influences from both Europe and the USA into a vision not of chaos but a deliberate, subversive and corrupting evil.
No guitar solos mar the mood of slow descent into cavernous echoing doom which in classic death metal style fits riffs together in a labyrinth that becomes coherent only when complete. Elemental chromatic riffs cluster in successive patterns serving verse and chorus roles without allowing songs to be fit into such binary patterns. In the cudgel-primitive method of primal death metal, the detuned riffs lead and the drums, vocals and lyrics follow as best they can, producing a contorting structure of vast internal contrast.
Obvious influences include Asphyx, Diabolical Conquest-era Incantation, Cianide, and the ability to twist a single muted chord into a riff that marked early Malevolent Creation (The Ten Commandments). The result falls easily into vocal cadences that sweep the listener into an immersive world of riffs like cryptic symbols carved into the wall of a cave. A massive evolution from the first Blaspherian album, Infernal Warriors of Death rebirths the old school death metal sound in living form.