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Review: Blaze of Perdition - The Burning Will of Expansion
Blaze of Perdition
The Burning Will of Expansion

Label: Pagan Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 9:29
Tracks: 2
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 15, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
The Burning Will of Expansion

Rated 3.56/5 (71.11%) (9 Votes)

Blaze of Perdition are a relatively new act, playing black metal in the vein of Watain with hints of Anthems...-era Emperor and nods to earlier Immortal. The Burning Will of Expansion is over quick at just under 10 minutes with two tracks, of course this is an EP which has come out hot on the heels of their latest full-length Towards the Blaze of Perdition which I'm certainly interested in hearing.

The production is quite good and clear, again see Watain for similarities. The musicianship is well handled, as a band they tend to work best where they're storming ahead with apocalyptic riffs, although when they settle into a more mid-paced groove they still keep the attention. Both of the songs are a blend of those two styles, with opener "Into the Nothingness Divine" kicking off with some nice loose black metal-style chords before hitting their stride in mid-pacing, although at around 52 seconds in all hell breaks loose and the band show they can tear heads. Of the two tracks on offer I'd give the edge to second track "Zatracenia Blask" which is the best example of how Blaze of Perdition sound with excellent riffage throughout, some of which shows minor death metal influence.

Overall this is a quality release, and while it doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table, still stands as an enjoyable listen that I'd strongly recommend to fans of Watain, Emperor, Deathspell Omega, and maybe even Dissection. For the future I'd like to see the band come into their own a little more, but for now the potential has been shown and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for a follow up. Recommended.

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