Ukrainian Black Metal darklords BALFOR embodies a display of dazzling musicianship and powerhouse production with their maiden-masterpiece “Barbaric Blood”. Delving deep into the realms of coherent Death and Thrash influences, “Barbaric Blood” develops into an overall forlorn Black-drenched atmosphere and the brilliant orchestration of every track on the album is clearly evident that BALFOR are pure masters of their craft and the undying funeral fire is born again with barbaric hate!
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Blacklight Studio (Semargl, Khors, Deferum Sacrum, etc), with the captivating album artwork and layout by Martin Saavedra at Uruguay's Spina Studio (Aborted, Daath, Divinity, etc).
This checks pretty much all the boxes of my blackened dm achilles heel preferences - progressive playing alongside compositional complexity; almost mythological lyrics with a doomy undercurrent of emotional urgency. It's almost like a siren song to my progressive metal dna. And I will take that ending solo in "Sold as a Crow" any day of the week. I was going to make an Intronaut comparison but wait - this is from 2014?! Shit! bcb723
Holy unholy shitballs this is an oriental death metal masterpiece! I only discovered it just now while checking their upcoming 2020 new album Al Qassam through AMG. Checking out the rest of their discography was really worth it. Killer album. hatbanger_ollie