Fiends At Feast – Towards the Baphomet’s Throne

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Review by Jason Guest

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions

Release date: 25 September 2012

Sitting comfortably? No? Good. The début album from California’s Fiends At Feast, Towards the Baphomet’s Throne is not one to sit back and relax to. Following the obligatory ‘Intro’ of the distant sounds of torture, with ‘After The Gates Of Hell’, the gates of hell are agape and out gallop many a slavering-toothed, sweaty-muscled, talon-toed, rumbling-tummied beasty of satanic naughtiness. Standing on the shoulders of the black metal giants that preceded them, this cacodemonic quintet’s malevolent extremities aren’t about to win any awards for originality. But at the next Black Metal Oscars, you may want to keep an eye out for these guys from behind the wall of paparazzi congregating at the edge of the black carpet as it’d be likely there’d be a nomination winging its way over to them.

Acerbic and unremitting, the feast of fire is unrelenting as bleak depths rise and rough edges sharpen. Like Frankenstein’s monster reciting Milton’s Paradise Lost, Loki’s vocals are acidic; Azazel’s and Sammer’s guitar work is vicious; Marloc’s drumming is pummelling; and the bass, in all its smelly-bottomed grimness, is right there, the lines running rings in, out, and around the grim grimness of this very grim album. No doubt Nathan will be proud (the shop must have run out of evil pseudonyms when the bassist eventually got there). With its dark and gritty production, each instrument’s blooded edge glimmers in the darkness and the band’s solid song-writing skills come to the fore. More a confident black metal album than an ambitious one, Towards the Baphomet’s Throne doesn’t disappoint.

Fiends At Feast - Towards The Baphomet's Throne7 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Intro
  2. After The Gates Of Hell
  3. With Blood And Vomit
  4. I Am Death
  5. Walls Of Worship
  6. From Hell They Rise
  7. A Despondent Theme To Thy Own Demise
  8. Hedonistic Heresy
  9. Profecia Negra
  10. Cold Grey Sky