Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Angel Corpse - Iron Blood and Blasphemy

Angel Corpse - Iron Blood and Blasphemy (LP 2001 - Osmose Productions)
There are two kinds of compilation albums. One is that easy and useless "best off" sort of shit, which no one should ever pay for, unless it comes with a blow job as a bonus. And then there's something like this Angel Corpse compilation. Absolutely brilliant piece of wax (or CD, depending what you have), which includes rare studio songs, EPs, live recordings, covers... I know that not everyone likes covers or re-releases of EPs, but hey... Not everyone managed to buy the original "Wolflust" EP for instance (luckily I also own that one), so such compilation album is a must have and a pleasant addition to every fan of the band.

"Iron Blood and Blasphemy" comes as a great looking gatefold double LP from Osmose Records. The front cover looks as much blasphemous as a bit chaotic, but it's always cool to watch another goat-warrior decapitating the Nazarene. Inside of the gatefold looks awesome, as there're plenty of old Corpse photos as well as the details about the recordings, which are on the album. Nothing more I need to see (lyrics maybe, but you'll get them on the original EPs, etc). Side A has the 1999 "Winds of Desecration" EP session songs - one fantastic Corpse tune, the legendary "When Abyss Winds Return", one of their best tracks. Then there are four cover songs - Sarcofago, Morbid Angel, Slayer and Judas Priest. First three are especially amazing, sound just killer and also gives a great picture of what are the main sources of influence for Angel Corpse. Really, these two songs sound as much like Angel Corpse as their own tracks. Simply brilliant. Side B is from 1997, from "Wolflust" EP session. This one has two songs from the EP, one being Possessed mighty fuckin cover and two additional songs from that session, which are covers from Kreator and Iron Maiden. Again, so well played and fast that you'll bang your skull till death.

Side C is just awesome, it starts with two live recordings from 1998 gig in Rome and man! They sound better than many studio recordings! They sound just furious and like fuckin' destruction. But this is the power of Angel Corpse music - relentless and damn fast, blasphemous and unstoppable - "Phalleluyah" is another fantastic song. Next two live songs are from 1996 and originally were released as "Nuclear Hell" EP. The sound is bit more shaky and raw, but who cares as this is just another cool addition to this album. Finally side D... This one is something really extra and a great bonus for the fans. "Goats to Azazel" demo from 1996... How great is to listen to it on vinyl, even if the sound isn't as great and massive as on the EPs... But who cares, let the chaos begin!!!!!

To conclude - really great compilation album; one that must be in everyone's collection, especially if you're a fan of the band. Get it!!!!!!!!
Final note: 90 / 100

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