|Review: Nabaath - War Blasphemy!|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 15, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
It's relatively rare that we see a demo following a full-length album, but here's one. Russia's Nabaath are of the late 90s/early 2000s Marduk school of Black Metal, as well as such speed-crazy bands as Dark Funeral and Setherial. War Blasphemy! is 14 minutes of pounding, relentless, mid to fast-paced "brutal" Black Metal. The other 17 seconds are the quiet parts. The band doesn't invent anything here, but sure is good on the delivery, with the expected speedy and powerful drumming, high-speed raw guitar playing, and dark-sounding harsh BM vocals that are surprisingly somewhat decipherable without too much effort - I always find that this kicks more ass than undecipherable vocals in this genre, when done well - which is the case here. This is pretty fast stuff overall, but the mid-paced parts bring in more variety - more "emotional" guitar playing for one, and a little hint of atmosphere as well, although the trademark here is pretty much to smash your face with some Christ-raping Black Metal. Pretty damn good stuff when you're in the mood for this kind of Black Metal.
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