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May 1st, 2009

Album: Blood Red Throne – Souls Of Damnation

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Blood Red Throne
Souls Of Damnation
Earache Records
01 June 2009

by Luke Morton

Norway is infamous for its black and death metal exports, all of which are out there setting the metal world alight with their unique brutalising sound – Blood Red Throne are no exception. Currently celebrating their 10th anniversary, Blood Red Throne are still firmly set on playing the fastest and hardest any death metal band has ever achieved. Their fifth album Souls Of Damnation is possibly their heaviest yet, and it packs one hell of a punch.

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Featuring legendary black metal guitarist Tchort (former member of Emperor), it’s not suprising Souls Of Damnation is jammed full of chugging riffs which could get anyone’s head nodding. Opener ‘The Light, The Hate’ is an absolute onslaught of pure death metal screaming out of your speakers. The speed at which Blood Red Throne play is almost unbelievable, not letting up for a single second the band storm through 9 songs of complete carnage.

Watch the trailer for Souls Of Damnation by Blood Red Throne

At times it can get quite samey – there are only so much blast beats and growls your brain can handle. But nevertheless this album is perfect for every death metal fan. The vocal work in itself is great, ranging from growls so low that Satan would quiver and screeches so intense it’s a wonder you can’t hear throats exploding.

The album culminates in an almost 7 minute blast of violence on the ear drums. One final assault fuelled by anger and aggression, incorporated into an almost flawless track. ‘Ten Steps Of Purgatory’ is a good enough reason to buy the album, the other 8 tracks are undeniably good but nothing compared to the overall climax.

4.5/6

Sounds like: Deicide, Emperor, Cryptopsy
Top tracks: Ten Steps Of Purgatory, Throne Of Damnation, Demand

Souls Of Damnation tracklisting
The Light, The Hate
Harme
Throne Of Damnation
Human Fraud
Demand
Your Cold Flesh
Prove Yourself Dead
Not Turgenjev, But Close
Ten Steps Of Purgatory


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