Sunday, March 17, 2013

Delight of the blood

The relatively new genre of Blood Metal, which combines death metal sounds with stage acts full of gore and blood, is definitely not everyone's taste. The dubious stage antics aside, one can judge the CD's issued by Blood Metal groups only on their musical merit of course. And it must be said that Temple Beth El from Stockholm have a lot to offer in this respect. Their third album, Delight of the blood, is positively different, showing considerable influences of progressive metal bands like their compatriots Opeth, in particular in the 12 minutes title track. Other outstanding tracks are their covers of songs originally by proto-BM heroes such as Alice Cooper (Raped and freezing)  and Black Sabbath (Solitude). Recommended if you like death metal with a prog influence.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Temple Beth El.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by George Santayana: To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Abstraction in red, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Horro Hotel 160 Gold and Harrington Metallic Gold 55, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.