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Review: In Aeternum - The Blasphemy Returns
In Aeternum
The Blasphemy Returns

Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 17:49
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: February 10, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

Swedish blasphemers In Aeternum are back with a brand new four-track EP, titled The Blasphemy Returns. It's been almost 10 years since we got to hear new material from them in the form of their four-track EP, titled Curse of Devastation, and even more water has been under the metal bridge since the band's previous full-length studio outing, Dawn of a New Aeon, released in 2005. I honestly thought In Aeternum broke up a long time ago, but obviously they are not. It's great to be wrong every now and then.

The Blasphemy Returns contains two new tracks, one cover and one updated track taken from the band's 1999 debut album, Forever Blasphemy, a song titled "Majesty of Fire", which kicks as much ass as the original version. As for the new songs, they sound like In Aeternum: fierce, ruthless, savage and kicking your teeth back in your throat without any warning. In some strange way, In Aeternum reminds me of Angelcorpse, like being the Scandinavian answer to Tampa's angels' corpse grinders, spiced up with some familiar riffs that could be taken straight from one Chuck Schuldiner's own notebooks (like in "Stench of Victory"; start listening from the 2:01 mark). "I Am Elite", the last song off this release, is a cover song of a relatively short-lived Swedish Black Metal act, War, who originally released the song on their seven-song EP, Total War, way back in 1997. In Aeternum respect the original structure of that song quite a bit, just giving their own twist to it, and in a good way.

Blasphemy has indeed returned among us, and while hoping to see the band's fifth studio album catapulted our way, check out this four-song teaser from these semi-legendary Swedish Black/Death Metal hunks.

More about In Aeternum...
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Review: Past And Present Sins (reviewed by Christian Renner)
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