Sunday, August 7, 2016


Revered for its chaotic aesthetics in black metal, the Canadian cartel Blasphemy began in 1984, cutting its teeth on the rising extreme metal of the time, so that by 1986, as they have explained in interviews, they had become adept in their covers of Bathory, Sodom and Slayer, amongst others. In the early days the band took a while to arrive at the sound that would become their signature and mark, but in time, their love of Black Sabbath, Venom, Discharge, G.B.H., Hellhammer, Bathory, Razor, and Possessed would produce Blasphemy's 1989 recording Blood upon the Altar, and from then on, the cat was out the bag and there was no way that anyone could put it back in. Nowadays people use terms like necro black metal, war metal, brutality, savagery and barbaric to describe similar sounds. The band just calls it black metal, it's Blasphemy doing what it does. Said 1989 demo shows the band already where they want to be: the sounds, the vibe, the songs, it's all there fully formed and unapologetic. The 1990 album Fallen Angel of Doom would find the band in no mood to compromise and it was simply a continuation of the pact that they had signed in the name of raw black metal. For a small cult in extreme metal, this album is a classic in all ways. The band itself has not always been totally pleased with the sound of the recordings, but their status as elders of the raw black metal or war metal sounds has only increased with the passage of time.
Apparently, however, trouble was brewing and something was going wrong for the band in the early 1990s. They did make another recording called Gods of War released in 1993, but it's only about 20 minutes long. What's worse, this last recording features at least four songs from the 1989 demo: "Blasphemy," "Blasphemous Attack," "Nocturnal Slayer," and "War Command," all of which suggests that things were not well in the Blasphemy camp. According to Metal Archives and other sources, there are no other studio albums or EPs that have been released and the band went into a period of inactivity starting around 1994. Ever since then the band has played some shows here and there. They have said that they are happy playing three shows a year during the summer months, but there are a couple of live recordings in 2001 and 2015. What happens in the future remains to be seen.
Blasphemy live Black Flames of Blasphemy VI, Finland
Blasphemy - Goddess of Perversity - Live - Steelfest Open Air 2016

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