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Classic Review: Deadly Blessing - Ascend From The Cauldron
Deadly Blessing
Ascend From The Cauldron

Label: New Renaissance Records
Year released: 1988
Duration: 35:56
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 14, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Ascend From The Cauldron

Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)

This was the one and only full-length from underground heroes Deadly Blessing, released way back in 1988, and rereleased in 1999. For a long time I though I'd never find this album, but was finally able to grab one through Evil Legend Records – thanks dude.

This is old-fashioned US metal in the general vein of Sacred Oath or old Hades – though Deadly Blessing are nowhere near that technical. Heavy, chunky riffs and the wailing, air-raid vocals of frontman Ski make for a very 80's sound for all of you who loved it. All the songs on here are strong, with especial standouts like "Salem's Lot", the sci-fi themed "Escape The Wrath", and the awesome epic "Cry Of Medusa". Again, classic US bands like Steel Prophet, Medieval Steel, or even the Lords Of The Crimson Alliance come to mind. The production is vintage but still strong, and you can hear all the metallic madness at work.

Deadly Blessing were a band that never broke big, though they remained almost legendary in the underground. Now they are back again, with most of the "Cauldron"-era lineup back together, playing live shows and getting their old stuff repressed. Who knows if we'll get a new album out of them, or if it would be any good if we did, but this album remains an old-school gem from the heyday of metal. Essential for the fan of classic 80's metal like Helstar or Scanner.

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