Blood Red Throne - Blood Red Throne
Sevared Records
Death Metal
9 songs (35:37)
Release year: 2013
Blood Red Throne
Reviewed by Goat

Rather unbelievably the Norwegian band’s seventh full-length, Blood Red Throne represents the death metal stalwarts at their most stripped-down and back-to-bloody-basics. As usual, it’s pretty much Deicide meets Cannibal Corpse, but after 2011’s decent-but-dull Brutalitarian Regime it’s something of a return to the standards we know that Død and co are capable of. Opening track Soulseller stomps in with jackhammer heaviness and hints of the grasp of rhythm that made albums like 2005’s Altered Genesis so fun. In Hell I Roam is bluntly brutal, punctuated by moments of spoken lyrics to contrast with the guttural growling, Primitive Killing Machine has a nicely atmospheric riff that contrasts with the general violence in a style that I’d like to see explored further elsewhere on the album. Hymn of the Asylum even features a return to the samples that made 2003’s Affiliated with the Suffering such a grisly delight, although sadly not to as good an effect…

You can say much the same for a lot of the album, which is decent but not especially above average. The songs are well-played, especially in terms of riffage with guitarists Død and ‘Meathook’ (Ivan Gujić, Tchort having departed in 2011) clearly more than capable musicians from the riff volume unleashed on most songs. Seriously, the sheer torrents of sound coming forth on the likes of Torturewhore are perfect technically, but with little soul or anything to remember it by afterward. Exoneration Manifesto’s melodic lead guitar at the start is a hint of something special, as are the Norwegian lyrics of Dødens Makt, spat out with extra brutality by vocalist ‘Bolt’ (Yngve Christiansen).

Really, Blood Red Throne have been making the same sort of songs for four albums now, and whilst it’s always solid, it’s getting harder and harder to recommend the band as kings of death metal. In terms of difference between Brutalitarian Regime and this album, though, there are definitely steps forward. Finale March of the Undying alone has the sort of bloodthirsty hunger reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse at their best, but as a whole Blood Red Throne does more to remind you that better exists elsewhere than to propel the band into the major death metal league.

Killing Songs :
Soulseller, In Hell I Roam, Primitive Killing Machine
Goat quoted 71 / 100
Other albums by Blood Red Throne that we have reviewed:
Blood Red Throne - Brutalitarian Regime reviewed by Goat and quoted 70 / 100
Blood Red Throne - Souls Of Damnation reviewed by Khelek and quoted 83 / 100
Blood Red Throne - Come Death reviewed by Dylan and quoted 85 / 100
Blood Red Throne - Altered Genesis reviewed by Cody and quoted 90 / 100
Blood Red Throne - Affiliated With The Suffering reviewed by Crims and quoted 86 / 100
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