Company: Earache Release: 2001 Reviewer: Al Kikuras Genre: Death
No disputing the band's aptitude and writing and performing well-crafted death metal
Well, it ain't rocket science, but Blood Red Throne are certainly butchers of an expert degree. If you like heavy, menacing death metal, Come Death delivers it in spades. The bass is audible throughout and bassist Erlend steps out of just following the guitars to play some interesting parts and has a very good, thick and chunky sound. Vocally it's deep and dark and peppered with high-registered screams ala Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. The musicianship is stellar. Great riffs that are often more catchy than the vocal arrangements. The sound and playing are clean. Blood Red Throne may not distinguish themselves because they don't push the envelope and do something new, but there is no disputing the band's aptitude and writing and performing well-crafted death metal. That is to say, they may not have a distinct sound but few bands play it this well and effectively. Don't come expecting an album as genre-bending as Gorgut's Obscura or a band with a sound as distinct as Cryptopsy had on, say, None So Vile. Come expecting meat and potatoes, because that's what you get. Predictable, but no less satisfying because of it.
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