BLASPHEMY — Part III: Summoning the Gods of War

July 6th, 1993 marks the release of “Gods of War”, the second full-length recorded by the Canadian cult. But if the spirits of the desecrated sepulchres had been haunting the band thus far, the coming disaster would be even worse...

BLASPHEMY - «Gods of War», Osmose Productions

BLASPHEMY – «Gods of War», Osmose Productions, 1993

The year was 1991. The fondness of BLASPHEMY members for iron-pumping and weight-lifting was well known in underground metal and Marco “Sodomizer”, being the polymathe he is, quits the band to focus on his body-building activities, his career on radio and his work as a session musician. This is when Black Priest briefly returns to the ranks of the band and Black Winds leaves the four-strings to Sigue leyendo

BLASPHEMY — Part II: Invoking the Fallen Angel of Doom

Once the “Blood Upon the Altar” demo spread the blasphemous plague all over the world, and just right after getting a modest record deal with the small yet somehow well known independent label Wild Rags in their hands, the Canadian Cult prepared to record their legendary debut opus. But the spirits of desecrated sepulchres would step in their path… (This is a continuation. You can read the first part here).

Eclectic in their music tastes, the members of BLASPHEMY never missed the opportunity to give the proper shoutouts to their major influences whenever the question was asked. And besides the usual suspects (you know, DISCHARGE, BATHORY, HELLHAMMER SARCÓFAGO and such), Black Winds always suggested pieces of classical music to fanzine readers everywhere such as Sigue leyendo

BLASPHEMY — Part I: Thus it began…

[Since we have been asked to do this for quite a while, here is our first article in English! — This is our first attempt, so please excuse the typos].

Long before the Norse hippies started singing about snow and trees, taking over the tag ‘black metal’ for themselves, BLASPHEMY was a force to be reckined with in the early black metal scene. This is our story of the band. (Originally written in Spanish. You can read it here.)

Caveat: all this story would not be possible if it were not War Nib Born and his dedicated, devoted and FANTASTIC work on the Blasphemy Ritual fansite. Without him, all the information concerning BLASPHEMY would be disseminated all over the world ahd thus almost impossible to gather, read and elaborate upon. Hails and eternal gratitude!

For those not familiar with this Canadian cult, BLASPHEMY is one of the earliest black metal bands from the late 80’s. Formed by Gerry Joseph Buhl on bass and vocals and Sean Stone on drums. Friends since they were kids, they lived a block away from each other and always fantasized with the idea of having a band. This would be achieved in 1984 when Sigue leyendo