Written by: Blackie Skulless
Philadelphia based heavy metallers Blazon Rite seem to have struck up a little love with their debut EP last year. Coming in fast with an epic edge lightly painted atop a traditional mass, they’ve cooked up a full-length to follow. Endless Halls Of Golden Totem captures a solid image of this style, boasting lyrics focusing on fantastical and mystical characters with some narrative angles. Though common for this style, Blazon Rite packed some memorable punches.
If Savatage were a bit slower overall and used lower-pitched vocals more often, you’d be pretty damn close to what Blazon Rite are all about. Their epic nature casts a pretty spotless atmosphere, dialing in plenty of synthesizers as a side. The writing style is impressive, as they can take this and smoothly mold their swift passages and slower ones together while fitting in solos for the foreground and background. Transitions in general are one of their biggest strengths.
One of my favorite examples is the title track. Things start on a straightforward note to reel you in before hopping onto a friendly acoustic-built bridge and finishing with strong vocal work and a banger of a solo. “Alchemist’s Brute” does something similar, but follows the path of something a bit more speed-oriented to showcase a heavier side. This even allows for a smoothly entered doom passage, hitting all sides of the heavier spectrum. I suppose we also wouldn’t be complete without a long(ish) closer with a somber start that gradually builds up and uses sound effects. “Into Shore Of Blood” has got you covered.
But at no point does Endless Halls Of Golden Totem venture into extreme or dark territory. The drumming is the dirtiest thing about this, cracking the atmosphere with an abrasive punch, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that. Maybe this isn’t the most standout thing in existence, but it’s a very refreshing listen for sure. Anyone remotely into traditional metal should lend their ears.
Blazon Rite - Endless Halls Of Golden Totem will be released June 16th, 2021 via Gates of Hell Records. Pre-order CD and/or Vinyl.
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