BLACK/DEATH METAL | OMAHA/ USA
RE-RELEASED VIA HELLS HEADBANGERS ON 17.08.2012
Blackened Wisdom recorded three tracks of primitive black/death metal in 1993 and were long since forgotten. That is until 2012 when Hells Headbangers Records decided to release them on a 7″ EP.
I always struggle to review things retrospectively as I find myself making comparisons with music which won’t have existed at the time. Trying to put myself back in 1993, as a demo I’d imagine this would have made a reasonable impact.
Opening track ‘After Me Come the Flames’ storms in with punishing deathly guitars and drums, which despite the raw and under produced sound, is quite effective and well performed. Top this off with a blackened rasp and you have a fairly decent blackened death metal song. It sounds a lot like Angelcorpse, which is hardly surprising given guitarist and vocalist Bill Taylor was in them, amongst other bands such as Immolation and Laceration.
Second on the A side is ‘I, Eternal’ which is much more focused on the death metal sound, being somewhat grinding too, still keeping a grimness from the vocal attack. Both songs are quite short at around the 3 minute mark.
On the B side is a single track ‘The Angels Are Crying’ which is much more substantial at five and a half minutes long. Introduced by the sound of rain and thunder the song breaks in with a slow thrash death riff along the lines of Obituary. As the song progresses it shifts back and forth from storming speed to grinding thrash riffs.
If this were a new release, by a new band, it would easily score low marks. However, I quite like unearthing forgotten underground gems like this. In today’s market, it doesn’t really achieve much, but for long time death metal fans, there’s always a little delight when something like this is uncovered. It reminds one of listening to old traded demo tapes, and I guess nostalgia has won me over this time. [7/10 – JOHN DOE]