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Review of the Album Called Blasphemia by Costa Rican Thrash Metal Band Heresy

Updated on July 10, 2020
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

The photo of this church in Costa Rica symbolizes the album's title because some of the lyrical themes are against religion.
The photo of this church in Costa Rica symbolizes the album's title because some of the lyrical themes are against religion. | Source

The Band Heresy and Their Musical Influences

Heresy is another thrash metal band from the small Central American country of Costa Rica and what we have here is thrash metal with Peter Dolving style influenced vocals. Blasphemia is this band’s second studio album and there really is a new wave of old school thrash metal that has emerged.

How Does the Album Blasphemia Begin?

“Downpour” is the song that starts off this album and this song is about a scenario where the rain is really coming down as it turns into a massive flood. There seems to be no escape as the world is surrounded by corruption and pain. There is a section that kind of is influenced by Judas Priest of the late 1990s. Many metal fans surely remember the very heavy album Jugulator.

Review of the Songs Last Night God Talked to Me & Pagan

"Last Night God Talked To Me” lyrically is about the fact that there is criticism about the concept of there being a god that is just and good. There is also a sort of resemblance vocally to Anders Friden and the more modern style of Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames. “The Pagan” is a song about a false king that has committed the sin of ending lives and now he is asking for forgiveness. The anointed one has been snuffed out and this is unusual to have two ant-religion songs back to back in any thrash metal album that I have heard.

The Hive, One of Two Instrumental Songs

“The Hive” is the first of two instrumental songs on this album and this one is just a mid-tempo instrumental song that has repeating riffs that continue unabated until there is a change in the structure and I notice a more melodic approach as there is a Kreator influence in here. How many bands has Kreator influenced? Probably too many to keep track of. I also notice a much heavier Metallica influence in another part of this song.

"Blasphemia" Song Only

Review of the Song "Sharpointing"

“Sharpointing” is a song about someone that is terrified at the very thought of needles piercing his body as he feels very numb. He is asking for help and an end to his misery but he is getting no help as the apparent time to die is coming for him. He is afraid that he will perish into darkness.

"The Pagan"

Final Thoughts About the Album Blasphemia

As we get to the end of this album, there is a noticeable trend by this band to incorporate both riffing that resembles thrash metal and melodies as well. There is a riff that repeats about three times and then like out of nowhere, the rough Peter Dolving style vocals kick in. Blasphemia is the second and last instrumental song of this album and if there was a strong way for these Costa Ricans to finish off an album, the title track would have been the most fitting way to do it. The influences range from Florida death metal to progressive death metal touches in this song and let’s add the nation of Costa Rica to the list of countries experiencing a growth in thrash metal! What is offered on this album is decent vocal work that sounds like Sweden’s “The Haunted.” Let’s get ready for a downpour of thrash metal if that makes any sense.

© 2020 Ara Vahanian


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