THRONE OF HERESY - ANTIOCH
(The Sign Records)
Review by Sloof
When Devo of Marduk states: ‘The best blackened Death Metal that I have heard in years’, results in curiosity. I want to find out what’s so special on Throne Of Heresy and perhaps the quote is only a mutual service of friends. Well, at this time, I have to agree with Devo’s statement as Throne Of Heresy is going to take you by storm! If you are into Swedish Death Metal with a lot of extra, you will love this release!
‘Antioch’ is the second album of this band that started in Linköping, Sweden around 2009. All members joined other bands before, and most popular to mention are King Of Asgard, Ceremonial Execution and Spiritus Sancti. The vocals of Thomas Clifford are so mean and convincing that you will need a strong heart to get to the end of this album. The axemen Tomas and Michael are determined and persevere to crush you skull and they do it in a very original way.
When you think that you get the idea or structure or riff, they switch into higher/slower gear, so variety is present all the time. If someone dares to say that the music of Throne of Heresy is predictable, I personally eat my shoes. This outfit is constantly on the move, is lurking behind every corner to get you with a frontal surprise. All the breaks and hooks that you will encounter in the songs need several spins to get deeper into the tracks and I just love it, the way they execute their instruments.
No moment of boredom, no needless whining, but constant frontal attacks! Songs that I personally like the most are ‘Serpent Seed’, ‘Nemesis Rising’ and ‘Phosphorus’, but at the same time, I totally dig the riffing of ‘Exordium’ and ‘Blood Sacrifice’. One more thing about the vocalist Thomas Clifford. He induces the same impact as Sindrome did years ago, with their ‘Into The Halls Of Extermination’. The vocals of Troy Dixler left me totally insane, and Throne Of Heresy does it all over, almost 30 years later! Order at: https://thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/throne-of-heresy-antioch Throne Of Heresy FB: https://www.facebook.com/throneofheresy/
My rating: 91 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish