"Affiliated With The Suffering" is a very strange release simply because Norway simply isn't known as being the home of Florida style brutal Death Metal bands. So is a Death Metal band from Black Metal lands worth listening to? Well the answer to that question is a definite yes.
BLOOD RED THRONE features non other than Tchort on guitars (ex EMPEROR/SATYRICON - Black Metal masters) and he is joined by a few friends to complete the lineup of a very promising and brutal band.
Before BLOOD RED THRONE the only Norwegian Death Metal album I ever enjoyed was "Soulside Journey" by DARKTHRONE (who quickly changed to become the best Black Metal band in history) and there are some similarities although not many as this is definitely more American than Swedish in its style. The low tuned guitars, the deep rumbling growls are ever present and the riffs are the standard Death Metal ones executed well and the album has an excellent production giving full room for each musician to add their part to the overall effect.
In places I noticed that some riffs are similar in technique, pattern and style to Black Metal, and with the lower tuning this adds to create a more sinister effect (probably due to the band members previous experience with Black Metal, and lets face it, they're Norwegian, it's in their blood!). A worthy if unoriginal album. (Online January 29, 2003)