This is the third full-length release by Blood Red Throne
and their first for Earache and the first time I have had the pleasure of sampling their wares.
Surprisingly since they contain a famous black metal personality in their ranks (Tchort
- ex. Emperor
, Carpathisn Forest
& Green Carnation
- not that GC are black metal) they play death metal, and not the European style either but the down-tuned brutal 'Floridian' beast.
This is not my favorite style of death metal as it tends to be boring and same-y to my ears, however this release has a lot more going for it than most.
Unfortunately this style has a tendency to be restrictive and very few bands break out of recording the same tune over and over but Blood Red Throne
have a lot more versitality than most and this is one of the most creative death metal albums I have heard in a long, long time.
The guitar delivery is treble-y abrasive and it's nice to be able to hear the bass in the mix too, but the driving force of this release is the pounding but oh so fast drums,
not content with the usual boring death metal patterns there is real variety in the rhythm section.
Earache seem to be collecting an ensemble of who's who in modern death metal (Deicide
& Hate Eternal
for example) and BRT are definately a welcome addition to their roster.
If you enjoy brutal death then this is definately for you as it wipes the floor with other recent releases in the scene.
Oh by the way there are a couple of gimmicks to this release, each of the twelve tracks are actually made up of several tracks (Opener 'Death to birth' is actually tracks 1-7 for instance) there are 99 in total and also the cd itself has been made to look like a record (label, titles, grooves & all), pretty cool stuff!!