Formed in 2017 in Derbyshire, the four-piece known as Devastator are ready to unleash their debut album on the world. The band made up of ex-members of Repulsive, and Hellrazor added a guitarist and entered the studio in Spring 2018 for the self-titled demo that was released later that year and then headed around the UK to spread the word before heading back to the studio early 2020 for this debut full length.
As soon as you press the riff just grabs you by the throat before a blackened vocal begins to spew all over this Black n Roll sound that is swiftly paced, carries a groove but ultimately is very dark but extremely engaging. As the seven-track album continues, the pace gets quicker, the riffs more sinister and the vocal more disturbing, as it reaches full Blackened Thrash levels on tracks such as ‘Hail Death’.
Tracks such as ‘Death Slut’ add a grinding style to the mix, whilst the pace is still very much thrash levels and the style of vocal is very much that of a Blackened presentation, the overall sound has that grind feel to it and it works very well.
If anything this 26-minute offering is so good and enjoyable that it flies by too quickly and leaves you wanting more as the album loops back to the beginning and you find yourself joining in with the opening track ‘Howling Night’ again.
Baptized in Blasphemy feels like Thrash, Rock n Roll, and Black Metal have been thrown in the meat grinder and formed a disturbingly tasty offering that will be enjoyed by the masses and will leave many wanting to hear more by the band. As a debut album, this is a very encouraging and extremely high-quality release that sets the bar very high for any follow up that the band does in the future, which I hope will not take long to land as I enjoyed this very much.
Baptized in Blasphemy is released Friday 10th July 2020 via Clobber Records.
- Howling Night
- Worship the Goat
- Hail Death
- Send Them to Hell
- Death Slut
- Spiritual Warfare
- Baptised in Blasphemy