THORNSPAWN - BLOOD OF THE HOLY, TAINT THY STEEL - BAPHOMET/ NECROPOLIS
Cool title accompanies the release from these raging Texan black metallers..hold on Texas, you said? Not Absu, I hope. Oh no, unlike those talentless posers (ambient electronica, Scottish heritage bull shit and illegal Mexican dope) Thornspawn seem to have real metal pumping through their veins. Clearly influenced by the earlier underground (ie Blasphemy for noise, Dark Throne for evil and the pounding of early Beherit) Thornspawn get down to the business of musical pollution with true venom and spite and bash out (untightly in case of the drummer) titles like Storming the Heavens, Dominions of Darkness (cool rhythm change here) and the title track to dish out one blood-splattered plate of unholy death. Oh yes, no excess fat here. - Ali "The Metallian"
THORNSPAWN - WRATH OF WAR - OSMOSE
One supposes that if you are going to be a Satanic band celebrating evil and destruction, you might as well hail from Texas. Hardly any other area has seen its earth plundered, its air polluted and its people ravaged with asthma, cancer and skin disease as those living in the shadows of oil rigs, smelters and factories feeding death and mayhem to the general population. Thornspawn's setting couldn't be any more appropriate. Album number 2.5 of Thornspawn is a call to Satan with music to match.The vocals reek of Amon and Morbid Angel circa Abominations Of Desolation. This is raw and underground music. There is some Blasphemy here, but the death here is most akin to the slow/fast patterns of Incantation. The sound is somehow messy; perhaps a virtue of this chaos-born style. Looking at Osmose's biography it surely is amusing to see 'Pure barbaric musical assault' listed under 'Selling Points.' Not sure about that, but the description is certainly apt. Sadly the cover has suffered much darkness at the printer, but the album is not to be missed by fans of the aforementioned sound.