|Review: Baphomet's Blood - Metal Damnation|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2009
Review online: January 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.7/5 (74%) (10 Votes)
Now that's the stuff. Unrelenting speed/thrash from beginning to end is the name of the game on Metal Damnation. Baphomet's Blood sound like the unholy marriage of Exciter, Judas Priest and Motörhead. The guitar work is somewhat reminiscent of early Exciter with a hint of mid-80s Priest – fast (to put it mildly), razor-sharp and basically just ripping through the damn speakers. When you're not treated to ultra-fast riffage, you get some really cool invigorating solos, 80s style – though I found one or two that were slightly drowned in the mix. The drums remind me a lot of what was going on on Exciter's Violence & Force – fast and pounding like there's no tomorrow, this alone makes the house shake without even turning the volume up too much. When guitars and drums both go into high speed mode, this is purely and simply fucking great old school speed/thrash that should bear a warning that trying to headbang to this can be hazardous to your health – better have that chiropractor on retainer.
The vocals are a little Motörhead-esque, a very rough and aggressive throaty style, a bit higher-pitched and less "mellow" than what Lemmy would serve us. The vocalist doesn't change his tone much, but he doesn't get boring for a second and some of the choruses are quite catchy, if not cheesy at times.
Metal Damnation is just a load of fun, high-speed old school speed/thrash. This one really took me by surprise. Baphomet's Blood really hit the nail on the head with this one. If you're hankering for a good dose of fun, metal-as-fuck speed/thrash, then you can't go wrong with this one. Now excuse me while I put some ice on that neck of mine.
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