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Review: Baphomet - The Dead Shall Inherit
The Dead Shall Inherit

Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 38:31
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 29, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Dead Shall Inherit

Rated 4.06/5 (81.25%) (16 Votes)

Peaceville have just reissued this 1992 album in digipak format. I have to complain about the absence of a booklet - all you get is the digipak with the CD in it. At least the cover art kicks ass. Alright, with that out of the way let's get to the music. Baphomet's music is rooted in the New York Death Metal scene of the early 90s and also borrows a lot from Bay Area thrash - lots of razor-sharp thrash riffage is to be found here. Back when it wasn't all about speed, Baphomet stick to a rather "slow" (by today's standard anyway) form of death metal. The fastest passages have more to do with mid to late 80s thrash than they do with hyperspeed Death Metal, and often the album is more slow to mid-paced and at times crushingly heavy. The guttural vocals are an excellent fit and rarely does the vocalist venture into too low of a growl, so his voice has a sharpness to it that just fits the guitar work perfectly. Gotta love the old school. If this were a new release it would probably be somewhere in my "top something" for 2006, no matter the fact that even in 1992 Baphomet were more going along for the ride than innovating. It's the end result that counts, and it's good. A headbanging fest.

Additional Information

Originally released in 1992.

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