"Souls of Damnation" (Earache; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

On their latest nine-track endeavor, "Souls of Damnation," Norwegian death metal mongers Blood Red Throne pay homage to the US death metal sound, channeling everyone from Morbid Angel to Cannibal Corpse.

Solidly delivered with a proper portion of groove and technicality in place (“Demand”), there may not be a wide array of groundbreaking material present, but the band’s vitriolic onslaught is undeniable (“Prove Yourself Dead”).

This veteran unit reaps the benefits of staying on a course without much variation, resulting in shaping its murderous musical machine to a well-oiled machine manufacturing enough face-breaking riffs, sinister growls and neck snapping double bass battering to satisfy the most rabid bloodthirsty cravings for death metal glory.

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"Come Death" (Earache; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Norwegian metal purveyors Blood Red Throne mix in the classic '90s style with a very new death metal approach on their latest release "Come Death." 

This grueling nine-track exhibition of carnage harkens back to the swampy Florida days on tracks like "Rebirth in Blood" while "Guttural Screams" implements touches of thrash metal riffing for a nice change of pace. 

There's no shortage of guttural grooves here, as this quintet really showcases its sufficient awareness of Suffocation and Obituary on cuts like "Taste of God," but it's the relentless ferocity that ultimately propels this album and makes it a must have for death metal enthusiasts young and old. 

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"Altered Genesis" (Earache; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

On "Altered Genesis," Norway's Blood Red Throne boasts a brutal death metal attack that relentlessly shakes your brain throughout. Pummeling guitar riffs and dastardly death metal double bass drumming prevail over the entire disc, laying down the powerful grooves found on "Ripsaw Resentment" and "Arterial Lust" with demonic enchantment. 

Encapsulating the trademark chaotic sounds of both Florida and Sweden's death metal scenes, Blood Red Throne's ode to evil may not be the most groundbreaking release, but you'd be hard pressed to find a band that can properly convey the savagery of both scenes so well. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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