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The Royal Arch Blaspheme - Mike Thompson - 3 stars

The Royal Arch Blaspheme

The Royal Arch Blaspheme
(Hell's Headbanger's - 2010)

This release caught my eye because of the name. Its a little different to the usual band names in the black metal genre. However, try as I might I can't find anything more interesting to talk about with this album.
The whole thing is monotonous to the point of boredom with guitars that sound as if they were recorded under water and basic simplistic drumming that adds absolutely nothing to the album at all. Vocalist N. Imperial – a veteran of the USBM scene - sounds as if he is puking up over the mic after a particularly hard session on the ale. He makes Graveland's Rob Darken seem like the most talented singer ever in comparison.
I really cannot find anything to recommend about this album. Its one of the worst displays of black metal I've heard and hell, I've listened to Black Witchery! If you like monotonous, raw-to-the-point of-unlistenable, heard-it-all-before style black metal then you'll be right at home with The Royal Arch Blaspheme. If none of that sounds appealing then look elsewhere.

3 stars

Mike Thompson


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