Royal Arch Blaspheme – II (Hells Headbangers Records)

A double-shot of kultness from the sophomore album of this American duo.
Release Date: 
31 Jul 2012 - 12:30pm

If you’re cult, Royal Arch Blaspheme needs no introduction. But if any is necessary, here goes. This band is rather a project formed by none less than Imperial (Krieg, N.I.L., Twilight) and John Gelso (Profanatica). Their first album, (whose heads-up was given to me by an American friend of mine) is a classic of repetitive and monochord-like Satanic death metal (I do like this terminology)

As a project I thought the band was going to stop at their debut, but two years later, here’s their sophomore attack, more noxious than before, not so repetitive, but still featuring resounding chunks of Profanatica, Havohej and now, Autopsy in their heinous recipe.

Ten tracks of elementary buzzing with long phrases and eventual changes of tempo, with screams of doom and torment in the middle.

Actually the tracks are pretty catchy, despite these “credentials” which will duly keep fans of more sophisticated music away. Royal Arch Blaspheme is the epitome of USBM crudeness.

When the Cruel nails Pierced Thy Tender hands and Feet starts with its bells of doom, the song winds up in a sequence of repetitious drumming and menacing riffs amidst constant intervals. 

The songs are somewhat big for the few numbers of variations, making them boring for untrained ears of real US metallic persuasion, the exceptions being tracks like Lust Blood Sacrum with its 1 minute and 35 seconds ends up being as a staple for the fourth track Ashes of the Holy Ghost. 

Five sacred Wounds, the 2nd track has interesting syncopated drumming amidst the continual battering that will leave no seasoned headbanger apathetic.

The cohesive production and sound of this opus is impressively worth listening to. Although aesthetically alike, tracks like the thrashing slaughter of Profane Rite, the menacing Scandinavian black metal riff of Psalm 39 and the death metal-like, slow paced sound of Resurrection of Depravity  have, each one, their charming appeal, the latter remembering the good ol’ Autopsy too much. Flawless!

Pious Suffer in Corrosion and the penultimate track Vama-Marga are stormers and blast everything in sight. 

Longer than any song else is the last defilement called Broken Word of God, that starts with a doom-laden riffage and returns to normal schedule along the track but as it clocks in at 7:00 minutes it naturally does have more variations than the other songs. 

This pièce de résistance is a tour de force of an American scene that showcases veterans in perfect form and it won’t let the fans of the style (American and Satanic death/black metal) down. This is the type of music that one can take for granted.  Don’t even think of it. Get it now!