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Blaze of Perdition – Near Death Revelations

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Last Updated on 06:42 PM by Lilliana Tseka

Genre: Black Metal
Country: Poland
Label: Agonia Records
Year: 2015

If one asks me to name 4-5 notable, post-2000, Polish black metal bands, Blaze of Perdition would probably be among them, next to such giants as Mgla and Cultes des Ghoules, though not being on a qualitative par with them. The band’s excellent debut, “Towards the Blaze of Perdition” (2010), showcased a group that boiled on the threshold between orthodox mystery and Swedish melody. 2011’s “The Hierophant” lacked the debut’s compositional brilliance, yet managed to be a solid album. In 2013, the band had a serious accident, which led to their bassist’s death (by the alias “23”), and heavily injured some of the other members, which nevertheless decided to continue with the band. 2 years later, the band’s third album, “Near Death Revelations”, came into existence, whose title could very well be interpreted as self-referential.

Occult black metal to the forefront, with clear oscillations between mid-tempo and frenetic moments, their executional base being dissonant riffs and guitar mannerisms. A comparison to Acherontas would not be unfounded, since both style and string mindset are quite similar, the Polish however not being as grandiose as the Greeks. Where Blaze of Perdition truly shine is in their mixing of the guitar layers, building fluid and ever-moving structures upon the abyssal frame. The Polishes’ soundscapes are sombre in their core, appearing to crave for the tomb’s suffocation, finding expression through claustrophobic paths, which however rarely chance upon paranoid schemes. The omnipresent and vivid bass guitar’s role could be considered as a polar opposite to “And Justice For All”, taking into account the unfortunate similarities between the two cases. The vocals remain on the classic scratchy hue, with a few spoken parts scattered in between. The production is top-notch, as usual, providing lots of space to all instruments, yet managing to maintain the creation’s mysterious nature. The album’s Achilles’ heel is its compositional department (as it was in their sophomore album); though the level is not low, Blaze of Perdition take a safe but uninteresting path, leading to mediocre results. We are faced with a record that is definitely pleasant, but essentially stagnant. A comparison to Watain’s course after their second album is definitely correct.

Wrapping it up, the fact that the band managed to recover after a serious accident and a member’s death, and to release a decent album, is extraordinary. The friends of occult sound will find in this release a congenial addition to their music’s structure, while the band’s fans will listen to it either way. For the rest of you out there, “Near Death Revelations” is not a “necessary” 2015’s release, but could find a place in a spacey listening list.

Highlights: “Dreams Shall Flesh”, “Of No Light”

3,5/6

Athotep Nyarl
Athotep Nyarl
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