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Review: Blasphemy - Blood Upon the Altar
Blood Upon the Altar

Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Year released: 2018
Originally released in: 1989
Duration: 21:14
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 20, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Blood Upon the Altar

Rated 4.22/5 (84.44%) (9 Votes)

After surviving Blood Upon the Soundspace, I needed something more mellow to bring my heart rate down. So, what about more Blasphemy? That somehow makes sense in my head.

Blood Upon the Altar was the band's first demo but is less chaotic than ... Soundspace since it's a bona fide recording as opposed to a live, open-air mic thing. I actually like this better than most of their studio albums. It's quite thrashy death metal with a blackened edge and more "orderly" than their later, often more extreme recordings that sometimes pushed the limits too far for their own good. Here a lot of the songs are actually quite memorable and really fit into the late-80s death/thrash sound that was really taking off at the time. Nowadays it doesn't sound all that extreme, but go back 30 years and that would have scared many a metalhead. Nice to see this reissued on 12" vinyl.

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