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BLAZE OF PERDITION “Near Death Revelations” (Review)

coverBlaze Of Perdition
Near Death Revelations
Agonia Records
Release Date: 26 June 2015
Score: 9 Stars

“This is intelligent, thought-provoking black metal at its damned near finest, and deserves your full attention.”

In November of 2013, Polish black metal warriors were beset by tragedy, in the form of a horrific bus accident. This resulted in the passing of the band’s bass player, Ikaroz, as well as severe injuries to the rest of the band. These terrible events could well have ended lesser bands, and no one would ever blame them, yet Blaze of Perdition is back with album number 3 and seemingly stronger than ever.

The album title alone speaks volumes for the band’s frame of mind, understandably so, yet the music explodes with a fire and passion of defiance throughout. “Near Death Revelations”, right from the opening track, “Królestwo niczyje”, is a majestic and furious black metal assault, one that twists and turns, leading the listener on one hell of a voyage.

Where Blaze of Perdition succeeds so well is in the wonderful construction of each song contained on the album. They seamlessly blend stretches of sheer unbridled ferocity, within the music, with passages of an almost unerring calm. “Near Death Revelations” truly is a statement of intent, one of personal reflection, alongside a proud confidence of the music that the band is performing.

As an album “Near Death Revelations” is one that grows with each subsequent listen. It’s progressive in its very nature, yet one that will not alienate the listener. This is intelligent, thought-provoking black metal at its damned near finest, and deserves your full attention.