Blaze of Perdition - Near Death Revelations - (8.5/10)
Published on June 11, 2015
To say that Blaze of Perdition has battled adversity is a bit of an understatement. Near Death Revelations, the band’s third album, is the band’s first full-length since the November, 2013 crash that claimed the life of bassist 23 (Wojciech Janus) and injured vocalist S. (aka Sonneillon) and drummer Vizun. As the title suggests, Near Death Revelations is an album from a band that has endured pain and released an intensely angry album in response.
Blaze of Perdition have all of the dissonance and dark atmosphere one would normally associate with black metal, but it’s been a while since I’ve heard a black metal album that sounds this angry. From the opening chords of “Królestwo Niczyje” to the closer “Of No Light,” this is a punishing, intense album. Blaze of Perdition sound a little like Deathspell Omega, with that swirling, chaotic sound the latter do so well.
Amidst the chaos there are moments of melody. These are mostly brief and tend to be rather eerie sounding. “Królestwo Niczyje” has one such moment that accompanies a furious blast; the closing segment of “Into the Void Again” is another. Along with the blasts and melody, there is a third component of Blaze of Perdition’s sound, coming in the form of tortuous, slow parts. The end result is an album that has a dense, heavy sound and evil atmosphere. Sonneillon’s vocals are demented and twisted, as he rasps, screams, shrieks, and whispers his way through the album. His performance on “When Mirrors Shatter” is sickening, in the best way.
However, the real strength of Near Death Revelations is its intelligent arrangement. The songs are long, but the pieces fit together extremely well and the band does an excellent job of balancing the intricate and the straightforward. The only song that never really clicked for me was “Cold Morning Fears,” but that could be personal preference more than anything else. It’s followed, after a brief interlude, by the awesome “Of No Light,” so its flaws are easily overlooked.
Blaze of Perdition should no longer be considered an up-and-coming black metal band. They have arrived; Near Death Revelations is proof of that. Some bands would have understandably folded after suffering an accident like the one that happened to Blaze of Perdition. But their perseverance has certainly paid off; Near Death Revelations is an excellent album that sees the band at the top of their game. As such, it’s highly recommended.