Thornspawn - _Blood of the Holy, Taint thy Steel_
(Baphomet Records, 2000)
by: Aaron McKay (8 out of 10)
Infuriatingly horrific! Completely engaging black metal out of San Antonio. From beginning to end, these monsters lead the all-out, full-on rampage totalling over fifty minutes of tireless metal. A true feather-in-the-cap for American black metal can be found within _Blood of the Holy, Taint thy Steel_'s material. The band includes ex-Necrovore bassist Bjorn Haga, guitarists Swornghoul and Lord Necron, as well as drummer/vocalist Blackthorn. I've always been impressed by how an individual can manage to play an instrument, let alone drums, and double-up on vocals in addition. Truly an august achievement, to say the least. If the proper amount of persuasion were applied, I would have to say track four, "Ancient Path", is certainly my favorite on this release. Thornspawn has all the corpse paint, aggression and talent to survive and succeed in this ever-increasingly crowded metal conglomeration. I'll be watching for great things from this band. All praise, Thornspawn!

(article published 12/8/2000)

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