Blood Red Throne - _Blood Red Throne_
(Sevared Records, 2013)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (6.5 out of 10)
With 2013 past the halfway line, I look at the albums that I've amassed and notice many albums having a few similarities. They're mostly within the fifty to seventy minute range and they boast complex ideas and progressive arrangements. This is mostly high attention level stuff and that's fine by me. I love me an hour long tech-prog-black-death metal journey that can synthesize various incarnations of metal into one. But every now and then, I appreciate a break from all the attention and piecing of puzzles. An easier album to digest becomes welcome at such times. Norway's Blood Red Throne came just in time for me with their self-titled seventh studio album.

Now excuse me while I put forth a street food analogy. Going for this kind of straightforward death metal that Blood Red Throne shells out is a bit like going for a plate of Koshari as a break from all the balanced and 'good for you' meals. You can find it in hundreds of shops, it's made up of a few cheap ingredients that anyone can get a hold of, but when it's done right, it can make your day. On the other hand, when it's not done right, it leaves you bloated and without interest for the whole thing for several weeks. Many bands can do this kind of death metal but unfortunately, a vast majority of them ends up being quite forgettable.

So what do we have here then? Blood Red Throne's self-titled effort stays true to their influences and manages to keep their sound alive. You'll get a rather interesting melody on "Primitive Killing Machine", a cool guitar solo on "March of the Undying", some aggressive trills and screams followed by yet another screaming guitar solo on "Torturewhore". No crafty constructions and no messing around; just a very clear death metal platform with little surprises. The guys chug on for thirty-five minutes in locomotive fashion with little regard to melodic sensibilities, but the whole thing comes out tight and to the point.

Maybe the proliferation of death metal is just another sign of our times. It certainly makes it hard for a band to stand out but that will only mean that they'll deserve it when they actually do stand out. I can't confidently claim that Blood Red Throne is an outstanding death metal band, but they are a group of honest musicians with a solid and consistent output who obviously enjoy it. Death metal purists will have a good time with this album, but for everyone else, it's really a random matter of taste.


(article published 28/7/2013)

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