Blood Red Throne - Brutalitarian Regime
Sevared Records
Death Metal
10 songs (41:26)
Release year: 2011
Blood Red Throne
Reviewed by Goat

Having moved from Earache to Sevared, it’s a shame for Blood Red Throne that they couldn’t quite make it in the death metal game. The Norwegians were the first grunt n’blast band I ever brought, 2003’s Affiliated With The Suffering shocking my virgin ears when I first heard it with sheer heaviness, and I’ve followed them since. My favourite is probable Altered Genesis, with its little background bass trills and jackhammer-precise songwriting, which neither of the follow-ups Come Death nor Souls Of Damnation could surpass. Truthfully, Brutalitarian Regime is yet more evidence of a skilful band in decline, a solid yet uninspiring forty minutes of post-Deicide/Cannibal Corpse worship that ticks all the boxes but doesn’t quite deliver the goods. It’s a shame, because the roots of a good album are audible, the riffs constructions and songwriting enough to keep your attention. There’s nothing wrong with Graveworld, to take a random example, although if you’ve heard Blood Red Throne before you’ve heard very similar songs many times over. The melodic touches and technicality of Trapped Terrified Dead works better, Games Of Humiliation’s ritual beatdown and Proliferated Unto Hemophobia’s Aborted-esque crunch also worth hearing.

You have to give Blood Red Throne their due. The band certainly know how to write a good death metal hook, the likes of Eternal Decay having enough catchy twists and turns to keep your head bobbing. It’s also worth mentioning Melena, a death metal rampage that’s the best thing on the album with bass twangy technicality and catchy breakdown. Closing with a Pestilence cover (Twisted Truth) shows that Blood Red Throne have taste as well as skill, and really I’ve heard worse from bigger names. This is far from the band’s best album, but if all else fails, it’ll make a good stopgap before the new Cannibal Corpse.

Killing Songs :
Trapped Terrified Dead, Eternal Decay, Melena
Goat quoted 70 / 100
Other albums by Blood Red Throne that we have reviewed:
Blood Red Throne - Imperial Congregation reviewed by Goat and quoted 75 / 100
Blood Red Throne - Fit to Kill reviewed by Goat and quoted 75 / 100
Blood Red Throne - Blood Red Throne reviewed by Goat and quoted 71 / 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
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