Blasphemy do things ultra raw and ultra nasty and ultra heavy; we get that, and we’re totally on board, as we’re certainly no strangers to Fallen Angel of Doom or Blood Upon the Altar. For the battalion leaders of war metal, the ultra extreme makes perfect sense, so a ripping recording in a subterranean setting seems almost mandatory.
But team Decibel was extra surprised to get word on the recent digital release (LP/CD/tape forthcoming) of Victory (Son of the Damned) which had the following description:
The aforementioned rehearsal session took place in the basement of then-bassist Bestial Saviour of the Undead Legions, and Förster captured the event by placing the MiniDisc recorder on the top of a washing machine in the room. Given the circumstances, one might erroneously assume the resulting audio quality to be inferior. On the contrary, the audio turned out to be compellingly good and thus worthy of its own release. Each instrument, including the vocals, is clearly and distinctly audible and appropriately mixed with respect to the others.
To be clear, this really does sound way better than a washing-machine-recorded rehearsal would suggest. Emanations from the underworld indeed!
If you aren’t sold already, “Another feature of this recording that makes it covetable is the between-song banter among the band and guests alike, including members of Black Witchery, who attended the rehearsal.” Essential stuff for all the warmongers out there!
Victory (Son of the Damned) and Live Ritual: Friday the 13th are both currently available in digital format via the Nuclear War Now! Bandcamp, with double-LP vinyl version available on July 11th, and CD/tape versions available May 15th.