"II" - PREVIEW BELOW - CD/LP
After polluting minds and corrupting souls with their self-titled debut album, THE ROYAL ARCH BLASPHEME return to wage war on the holy with the cryptic "II." Once again the vision of PROFANATICA guitarist/songwriter John Gelso and KRIEG mastermind N. Imperial but now expanded into a full lineup, THE ROYAL ARCH BLASPHEME's highly anticipated "II" expands upon ideas from their original template: the primitivism is cruder, the sludge more volcanic, the blasphemy more vile, the production fuller and more devastating. What results is sickened (and sickening) miasma of black metal filth that only THE ROYAL ARCH BLASPHEME can create... bow down in obeisance.
1. When The Cruel Nails Pierced Thy Tender Hands and Feet 05:00, 2. Five Sacred Wounds, 3. Lust, Blood, Sacrum 01:35, 4. Ashes of The Holy Ghost 04:46, 5. Profane Rite, 6. Psalm 39, 7. Resurrection of Depravity 05:03, 8. Pious, Suffer in Corrosion 02:16, 9. Vama-Marga (Parts 1 and 2), 10. Broken Word of God, ,
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"You couldn't pigeonhole this, that's for sure. There are aspects of primitive black metal, old-school death and doom thrown into the craggy chasm and spewed back up in a plume of gore. It's no easy listen, and the songs have a gnarly one-dimensional pace about them, which, like the drumming, is pretty much determined to beat you into submission. Imperial's vocals are particularly good and sound alien and demonic at times; high in the mix, there is absolutely no way of escaping them" -MetalteamUK.net
"You can't really go wrong with this record if you enjoy anything else on the entire Hells Headbangers roster. Beyond that, you can't really go wrong with this record if you enjoy anything in the storied past of black or death metal: BATHORY, HELLHAMMER and MAYHEM in addition to the death metal bands I gave an earlier gesture [INCANTATION, early DEATH, AUTOPSY]. The Royal Arch Blaspheme is a celebration of this groundwork, within a dense new fold that bludgeons the ears through churning rhythms and resplendent vocal hostility. Very much worth your time to check out, whether you're a salty old dog branded many times over by the devil's lash or a ripe young imp seeking evil" -Fromthedustreturned.com
"The Royal Arch Blaspheme is ugly music for ugly times. It is pitted, pockmarked, and gritty black metal, yet black metal in broader, assuredly barbaric terms, meaning that it is not relentlessly blast-beaten, tremolo-picked, or even primitively grooving in an early 90s sense (though "primitive" works in this context). Consider gargling barks and hacked up blackened vocals, a mostly mid to up tempo power-driving bludgeon defined by gnarly riffs, bent and broken leads, and a style of in-the-pocket drumming best described as loud and pounding. Variation is slight without becoming maddeningly repetitive and on occasion the pace is slowed to a grotesque blackened doom crawl, such as heard on "Alchemic" and during the effectively grating down-tempo segments of "Dead Eucharist" and "Seven Devils of Ejaculation." Interestingly enough, the album is obnoxiously in-your-face in the most nerve wracking and unsettling of ways, yet something about it keeps pulling you back. The effect has something to do with the surprising effectiveness of the overdriven harshness and a little more to do with the fact that you're not so much beckoned as taunted into returning for another beating. You just don't know what "hard" means until you've heard this bitch. -Metal-Army.com