Album Title: Rehearsal Demo 2005
This is the first demo from Blaspherian, an American band playing death metal.
The sound on this is about what one would expect for a rehearsal. The guitars are a little weak, but audible, and the same goes for the drums. The bass is mixed a little better, and helps give this demo some low-end. The vocals are up front in the mix on the first song, but seem to drop to the back by the end. They're death metal growls, but show just enough range to stay interesting.
In terms of songwriting, this band alternates between blasting parts and slow, doomy breakdowns. Tempo changes abound, creating an unpredictable atmosphere that's probably a lot of fun live.
The beginning of "To Walk the Path of Unrighteousness" could use a better transition to the middle part -- as it is, they seem to collide rather abruptly. The doom section in the middle is great!
I like the croaking vocals during "Allegiance to the Will of Damnation". The drumming is good as well, with some nicely varied work throughout. This song seems a bit long, though, with too many blasting parts. Excellent ending on this one.
"Curse His Name" starts out with a cool riff, then jumps between that and some chaotic parts that remind me of Order From Chaos. The tempo changes on this are extreme, but they sound great nonetheless. The last minute and a half before the end is especially neat. This song is by far the best thing on the demo.
This is a good death metal demo -- the sound isn't much, since it's a rehearsal, but the songwriting makes up for it. I'd like to hear more from Blaspherian. Recommended.
Standout Tracks: "Curse His Name"