Bloodthorn - _Under the Reign of Terror_
(Red Stream, 2001)
by: Aaron McKay (8 out of 10)
Coming off the French label Season of Mist, which gave us _In the Shadow of Your Black Wings_ [CoC #26], _Onwards Into Battle_ and their split with ...And Oceans _War Vol. I_, Bloodthorn seems to have put out an extremely strong effort on Red Stream. _Under the Reign of Terror_, much like 1997's _In the Shadow of Your Black Wings_, is easily absorbed due to convincing riffing and captivatingly harsh vocals. The pace all throughout _UtRoT_ is sporadic and indeed interesting. These Norwegians have crafted a charred metal sound presented with doomy beats and crushing lethality all at the appropriate times for maximum benefit. "Fields of Blood" exhibits this in the finest way, I believe, showcased anywhere on the disc. While "Fields of Blood" is certainly very well-crafted, the drive and authority of "The Return of Wrath", track two, has to be my favorite. A couple of final points worth mentioning are the sixteen page booklet Red Stream is putting out with this release and the inclusion of Necrobutcher from Mayham covering "Deathcrush" as the last track on _Under the Reign of Terror_. Kick it up a notch with this impressive offering; it is well worth your time.

(article published 12/8/2001)

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