Album in Review : Blood Red Throne – Fit To Kill
Who is Blood Red Throne?
Blood Red Throne has been part of the Norwegian Death Metal scene for over 20 years. This is their 9th full length album to date. Their last album drop was in 2016 with Union of Flesh and Machine They have become a well known staple in the death metal community and have toured the world playing in a multitude of festivals to include Wacken, Hellfest, Bloodstock, 70.000 Tons of Metal and of course Las Vegas Deathfest which is near and dear to my heart.
Now I could get all long-winded and summarize every tid-bit of information that is out there about their band history. But what that summary wont do justice to is their immense passion for what they do, love of a nice cold brew and goofy antics on and off the road. These are the genuine qualities that I adore about this band. I know ….ewww how can a death metal band be adored? Who the fuck is this chick talking about a metal band like they are sweet or something? 1. I do what I want and 2 . Having had the opportunity to meet them and talk to them a bit more about music of their creation and even in regards to other bands, they really are a fun and passionate bunch that are beyond the single dimension some people paint bands into. They have earned and deserve a certain level of adoration.
Blood Red Throne Members:
Daniel ”Død” Olaisen – Guitar
Ivan ”Meathook” Gujic – Guitar
Freddy «the Shred» Bolsø – Drums
Stian «Gunner» Gundersen – Bass
Yngve «Bolt» Christiansen – Vocals
Label: Mighty Music(DK)
Genre: Norwegian Death Metal!
Release Date: 09/13/19
Available On: All Platforms
Track-list for “Fit To Kill“
1. Requiem Mass
3.Killing Machine, Pt. 2
7.Movement of the Parasites
8.Deal It or Die
Latest Video Drop: InStructed InSanity in late August
Now lets get down to the nitty gritty….
Into The Pit Ranking –
The writing …fuck…where to begin…..this is 49 minutes of sexiness wrapped in the warm embrace of death metal music.
The album starts off with a doomy intro for Requiem Mass. It gives you that feel of the band entering from the side of the stage while the lights are still down and the fog machine has just started to fill it for some added effect and then ….the lights go up, the pace quickens and the drums start to hit you in the face while the entire band head bangs in unison while thrashing away. It show cases Bolt’s vocal range from deep rolling growls to the highs that any metal fan can appreciate.
For me, Killing Machine Pt. 2 paints a picture of viking berserkers on a raid jumping off of a boat onto a river bank and just going crazy. Once they are done raping and pillaging they cheer and feast before going to the next village over once dawn breaks.
InStructed InSanity really stood out to me. It has all the right pieces perfectly fit together like a 3D puzzle of my heart (if I had one) . I think it quite possibly is my favorite track on this album and is one I put on repeat by itself. Since I am not a gym go-er ( mainly because I prefer tacos and my curves over muscle soreness) this is one I jam out to while in the shower.
Movement of the Parasites gives you a feel of watching leeches crawling on someones skin leaving trails of blood behind or swarms of parasitic worms doing back-flips inside someones stomach and intestines while devouring them from the inside out.
Deal It or Die has this killer guitar part that hits you at around 5:50 and just gives you that orgasmic eyes rolling to the back of your head “oh fuck yes right there” feeling. I let out an “ooooooh yeahhhh” in the middle of my office my first time listening to it. I got some weird looks …it’s cool…I have no shame. You ever hear a guitar riff so beautiful it makes you want to cry …. it’s a good 80 seconds of riffage and bliss. #PrettySureICame
It’s when the music itself paints an image in your head and that image evolves as the song progresses that you know its well written music.
Production/Mix/ Master: 4.5/5.0
Production value was on point with this one. Timing was in sync, no instrument outweighed any of the others in a way that made the EQ seem off. The people who produced this fine piece of art definitely knew what they were doing and did not disappoint me.
I’ve listened to this thing easily 20 times in a row. If there was something noticeable to criticize I would have found it. That being said its rare for me to give a 5.0 rating in this category unless there is something in there that blows me away on a production level.
Final Thoughts –
This is a pretty well rounded piece of work done by the band. Knowing that this band is filled with metal veterans that have dabbled in other sub-genre’s it’s no surprise that they were able to compose this so eloquently for us to enjoy. It is a culmination of black metal, brutal death, melodic death and thrash metal influences melded together into one massive hammer that smashes through the box a lot of other bands put themselves in.
Would I mosh to this at a live show? Would I head-bang to this at a live show or at home? ABSOLUTELY!!!! Would I blast this album on the way to work or while road tripping / traveling to another show or festival ? the chances are extremely high that at least one or two songs would make it into a road trip playlist and this is definitely a hard copy CD I will be keeping in my rotation. (Trust me, few bands get that particular honor)
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
30 Oct: London, UK – Blackheart
31 Oct: Brighton, UK – Latest Musicbar
01 Nov: Weymouth, UK – Finns
02 Nov: Leeds, UK – Damnation Festival
03 Nov: Edinborough, GB – Opium
05 Dec: Oslo, NO – RockIn
06 Dec: Hamar, NO – Sebs
07 Dec: Halden, NO – Feelgood
13 Mar: Kristiansund, NO – Kulturfabrikken
14 Mar: Trondheim, NO – Good Omens
01 May: Karmøy, NO – Karmøygeddon
22 May: Erica, NL – PitFest
23 May: Srbaska Kamenice, CZ – NTEY Deathfest