Blasphemy - Fallen Angel Of Doom CD
Blasphemy along with other black metal bands such as Beherit were essential to the shaping of this sub-genre of black metal known as war metal in the late 80s/ early 90s. Each band had their own approach to the sound, but all had the same characteristics; brutal but simplistic riffing, relentless blast beats and haunting black metal howls.
The album begins with a short intro; it's actually quite calming unlike the rest of the album. It goes on for just over a minute and then it all beings. When the title track kicks in, it practically resembles an explosion, with some of the scariest sounding vocals in metal and ugliest riffs. It's kind of like if old school death metal meets Bathory. The solo kicks in for about 20 seconds, and resembles your classic Jeff Hanneman chaos solo, and executed very well.
Unfortunately every album has its weakness, and for Fallen Angel Of Doom it's the indecipherable guitars drowned out by the drums and vocals. Though it creates a chaotic atmosphere for the album, it does eventually become a bit of a nuisance. The Irony of this, is that the Blood Upon The Altar version of Ritual is actually better produced than its full length counterpart. I'm actually able to tell what they are playing all the way though the song; not just that famous intro riff! However this album still has its memorable riffs, like on The Goddess Of Perversity, probably the clearest sounding song on this album, and a personal favorite.
This album has been out for 30 years, and has aged amazingly. Still makes a lot of modern metal bands look tame. Haunting bestial vocals that were unheard of for the year 1990, great riffs and fantastic chaos solos throughout! I recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of black metal.