Sound: With one of the most hilarious album covers in my CD collection, I thought it would be nice to give a review on the elegant band that is Lord Blasphemer, even if they are not very elegant. As the title of the album goes, the album is really about Tales of Misanthropy, Bloodlust, and Mass Homicide, with titles such as: Mutations With Bloodlust In Their Eyes. With such a disturbing cover and mostly disturbing song titles, you can guess this death metal band will have a sense of true insanity with their music.
The band introduces an insanely fast and complicated combination of drums and guitars, with heavily distorted guitars raging with a sense of rhythm and melody combined. After the intro of the first song, Bestial Baccanal, the thrash influences seem to fade as the death metal rhythms kick in backed up by the intense vocals by Erik Pertl. The guitars heavy and the drums fast, this death metal sound has been achieved with a sense of beauty, except for the sound quality. Sometimes the sound quality ruins the song, with the guitars seeming to sound to muffled and the drums sounding too faded. This can sometimes create a funny sounding loop that loses its sense of fury. The band has a good sense of melodies, as heard in the song The Lord Of Blasphemy, where the slow soothing intro is a change and a break from the overall pounding album. The bass on the album is easily distinguished by the fuzzy distortion, which sometimes is too low to understand if the notes are different from one another. The chord changes were beautiful throughout the album, and the influences vary from early Metallica thrashyness to the heavy riffs brought by slayer in the old days. The solos are a good thing too, with songs having intricate and complicated solos, much like the thrash metal soloists, not to mention they fit in perfectly with the songs.
Since the band was not going for an immense pop album, it can be easily argued that the band wanted this rough sounding album to help better their style for death metal. Overall the band met their sense of insanity displayed by the cover, and deserves a good listen to any hardcore death metal listener. // 7
Lyrics: The vocals are straight up screams with nothing else really in between. They are all in your face and as loud as they can be, sometimes sounding a little too weak for my tastes, but overall fitting the style the band wants to pursue. Many of the lyrics seem to be about death and revolts, possibly an overall reference of anger and killing, as the cover suggests. The vocals are decent, and represent the band well. The great thing about the vocals is they are at good quality with a bit of echo to give a better effect on the listener. // 7
Overall Impression: Overall, the hilarious CD cover is misleading as the band is very intense. The cover can be seen as intense if you look at it with a more mature kind of way, but let's stop judging an album by its cover. Lord Blasphemer is a very good band to drive too because the smashing rhythms really get you pumped up on life and make you excited to stay awake and keep on driving. Are you ever angry? This CD would probably make for a good angry album to blast through loud stereos around the house. Even if you're not angry, want to scare someone? This album has that potential too. Any metal fan has to give this band a listen. // 6