|Review: Azarath - Blasphemers' Maledictions|
Label: Witching Hour Productions
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: September 18, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
This is my first experience with Poland's Azarath. The band play a blackened style of death metal that isn't too far away from countrymen Behemoth although I like this a good deal better than anything I've heard from that band. Blasphemers' Maledictions is the band's fifth full-length and is a furious slab of smoking blast-ridden, almost arcane sounding death metal. First things first, that front cover is absolutely class! In fact, it was the front cover that drew me to this release in the first place and I'm definitely glad I checked it out.
There really isn't much wrong with the Blasphemers' Maledictions, the riffs are fairly memorable although more importantly smoke like a forest fire. The band utilizes quite a bit of that almost mechanical double pedal drum sound, but it is nowhere near as unrelenting as some of the Italian death metal bands. There is a good bit of mid-paced, almost grooving parts which are really appreciated on my ears and give the album better dynamics and flow. The lead guitar work is superb, and sounds otherworldly reminding quite a bit of the Against the Plagues lead guitars. Standout tracks would include the furious "Crushing Hammer of the Antichrist" (come on look at that title, how can it not kill!?) which is home to some of the album's finest riffs and guitar leads. "Firebreath of Blasphemy and Scorn" and "Deathstorms Raid The Earth" are two of the albums finest skull-splitters with the latter being an unrelenting exercise in stomach-curdling, bone-crushing riffage that would leave your average poser on life-support.
The whole album is really fucking good, and is will without a doubt keep your attention throughout, as well as the flailing of your head. I could happily recommend Blasphemers' Maledictions to any death metal fan; although the production is a little clean so it might scare off some of the old school guys. For everyone else I'd say pick it up.
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