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Come Death

Blood Red Throne

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Album Review

Few heavy metal musicians this side of Dan Swanö juggle different band projects as energetically as Norwegian guitarist Tchort (real name Terje Vik Schei), who over the years has been involved with the likes of Green Carnation, Satyricon, Carpathian Forest, and this review's subject, Blood Red Throne, among others — often simultaneously. BRT is arguably the most unique of all Tchort's endeavors, but only because it involves death instead of black metal, his regular domain. In all other respects, 2007's Come Death is, like all BRT releases before it, a straight-up genre exercise, well-intentioned and well-executed but lacking the thrill of innovation so much as the comfort of familiarity. Therefore, even immediate highlights such as "Slaying the Lamb," "Rebirth in Blood," and blinding closer "Another Kill" satisfy and excite entirely because of their fist-clenching brutality, punishing intensity, and authentically purist DM aesthetic (think Suffocation, Morbid Angel, but not as technical) — not anything remotely groundbreaking. In fact, the band's cover of '90s Canadian death favorites Gorguts' "Disincarnated" fits right in with their remaining, self-penned material, and it's probably only the more varied approach of new vocalist Vald (always crusty but still ranging from low-end growls to high-end screeching) and eye-popping finger-work of standout bass player Erlend Caspersen that makes these songs at all memorable. So as long as you're looking to spend time with some dear old friends instead of making new ones, Come Death makes for ideal death metal company.

Customer Reviews

Come Nordic Slaughterhouse

Blood Red Throne’s fourth album is a deadly combination of old school brutality, nasty groove, and stomach punch dynamics that amaze as much as the lay to waste. Since the last album, 2005’s “Altered Genesis” these Nordic slaughter fiends have picked up two new members, Vald on vocals replacing Mr. Hustler, and Anders Haave replacing Bernt A Moen on drums. Anders continues the tradition of technical beatings without heavily triggered drums. He pummels with enough blast beats and tom fills to keep songs from drowning under the onslaught. While Vald lacks the choked bile that Mr. Hustler brought to the band, his hellion vocal range ties into the diversity of the album and brings distinction to “Come Death.” The strength of the album though goes to members, Tchort, Død, and Erlend, who have returned and wrought evil once again. A new groove element is prominent throughout the album, like the huge riffs that descend on “No New Beginning” and “Deranged Assassin.” The duo can still shred, thrash, and bludgeon like they used to, but this time it is sutured in, fitting the new sound the band is going for perfectly. Everything that bass legend Steve Digiorio (Sadus, Death) was for the Florida Death Metal movement, Erlend Caspersen is for Death Metal today. His amazing riff work and bass solos dominate the album and cements the sound of Blood Red Throne. “Come Death” is Blood Red Throne’s most ambitious album, pushing new ground in their allegiance to old school, Florida brutality.

4 stars

BRT has never sounded better. They've always been bludgeoning, but now they're actually interesting which makes for a potent combination. The bassist either stepped up his game dramatically or got replaced with a superior model. 4-star album but I'm giving it 5 to counter that 1-star review given by a metalcore fanboy that has no business talking about death metal.

Excellent Release

I devour death metal, and this record stands out as one of the better of my recent purchases. Very brutal, very tight, with just enough hint of groove to make it interesting. Very impressive bass playing, something that is often lacking in this genre. It is a crime that this record has a 3 1/2 star rating because someone who obviously should not be posting a review of this type of music had nothing better to do than ignorantly rag on it and give it 1 star. Look, I am picky as hell, and I have fully enjoyed it. Buy it!


Formed: 2000

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Blood Red Throne started in 2000, when bassist Tchort decided to start a project on his own after playing in some of the most popular Norwegian death metal bands of the '90s (including Emperor and In the Woods...). The project was more thrash-oriented, and the band released its first album in 2001, Monument of Death. A Taste for Blood arrived in 2002, followed...
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