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Blasphemy at the Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival 2009
Blasphemy at the Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival 2009
General information
Genre (s) Black metal
founding 1984
Founding members
Nocturnal Grave Desecrator and Black Winds
Caller of the Storms
Guitar, bass
Black Priest of 7 Satanic Rituals
Three Black Hearts of Damnation and Impurity
Current occupation
Nocturnal Grave Desecrator and Black Winds
Caller of the Storms
Deathlord of Abomination and War Apocalypse
Bestial Savior of the Undead Legions
Three Black Hearts of Damnation and Impurity
former members
Guitar, bass
The Traditional Sodomizer of the Goddess of Perversity (1989-1993)
Ace Gestapo Necrosleezer and Vaginal Commands (1993-2000)

Blasphemy is a Canadian black metal band. The band appears on all releases only under pseudonyms.

Band history

The band was formed in Burnaby (Canada) in 1984 . Some cover songs by Sodom , Bathory and Slayer were recorded in 1986. The first demo Blood Upon the Altar was only released five years after it was founded . After the demo, bassist Black Priest of 7 Satanic Rituals dropped out and was replaced by The Traditional Sodomizer of the Goddess of Perversity. In 1990 the band was able to sign a recording contract and released the debut album Fallen Angel of Doom on the US label Wild Rags Records . The band later referred to the deal as a "rip-off".

Before recording the second album, Ace Gestapo Necrosleezer and Vaginal Commands joined as bassist. The band had meanwhile signed a record deal with the French black metal label Osmose Productions . Four demo tracks were also used on the album Gods of War (1993). The band then went on a European tour with Rotting Christ and Immortal . From then on it became quiet around the band. For a while, the band could not perform again because Three Black Hearts of Damnation and Impurity drunk and fought a cop on a plane and had to serve a prison term for a while.

In 2001 they recorded a new demo in a completely new line-up. A live performance in Vancouver was released on an underground label in 2002 under the title Live Ritual - Friday the 13th . The band has performed several times in the past with Marduk and Black Witchery .

Style and meaning

Blasphemy was one of the first black metal bands of the 1980s, which also differed from the thrash metal wave of that time in terms of music and appearance . Together with Beherit , Bulldozer and Sarcófago , she laid the foundation for a chaotic Black Metal style, often called "War Metal"; a mixture of grindcore , thrash and black metal , which was picked up in particular by Impaled Nazarene and is widespread in both Finland and Asia. The band was also one of the first to use Corpsepaint , using only black paint instead of the black and white painting that is common today. In addition, the band usually appears martial with cartridge belts , military clothing and rivets . All members of the band practice bodybuilding and gave themselves an extreme, satanic and violent image. Since they are all bald , they are also referred to as "black metal skinheads ".

In the early days, the band was laughed at by the established media of the metal scene . The overly long pseudonyms and the hard, uncompromising style were made fun of by magazines like Rock Hard . The membership of Caller of the Storms, who works as an Afro-Canadian in a black metal band, repeatedly generates racist comments, as the German rock-hard magazine dubbed the guitarist as a "black metal nigger ". Nevertheless, the band had a great influence on the so-called "second wave" of Black Metal from Norway. Numerous cover versions in extreme metal underground, u. a. from GUT and Impiety , and several positive comments from well-known musicians show this influence.


  • Blood Upon the Altar (demo, 1989)
  • Fallen Angel of Doom (1990)
  • Gods of War (1993)
  • Die Hard Rehearsal (Demo, 2001)
  • Live Ritual: Friday the 13th (Live, 2002)

There are also several bootlegs with rare material and performances by the band.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Exclusive Blasphemy Interview ( Memento from February 13, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on January 23, 2013.
  2. BLASPHEMY Added to NWN Fest II. June 23, 2010, accessed on July 6, 2010 (English).
  3. Holger Stratmann (Ed.): Rock Hard Enzyklopädie , Dortmund: Rock Hard GmbH 1998, ISBN 3-9805171-0-1 , p. 45.
  4. ^ Matthias Herr: Black Metal Bibel , Berlin: Eigenverlag 1998, p. 111.