Blasphemy are a band from Vancouver B.C, Canada that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an early mixture of war, black and death metal and this is a review of their 1989 demo "Blood Upon The Altar" which will be re-issued in September on vinyl as a joint effort between Nuclear War Now! Productions and Ross Bay Cult.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the demo giving the music more of a ritualistic feeling before going into a heavier direction which also introduces death metal growls and black metal screams onto the recording while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats.
Elements of war metal and grindcore can also be heard in the faster sections of the songs while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them as well as the solos and leads being done in a very raw and chaotic style, synths also make a brief return as the demo progresses and some songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
On this recording Blasphemy brought in their early mixture of war, black, death metal and grindcore which would later influence plenty of legendary bands, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover war, death, Satanism, rituals and darkness themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Blasphemy and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "War Command" "Ritual" and "Blasphemy". 8/5 out of 10.