Valkyrian Music

Lightning Swords of Death
Baphometic Chaosium
Released: 22nd January 2013
Black Metal
Metal Blade Records

Baphometic Chaosium is the third album from the American black metal band Lightning Swords of Death. It is the follow-up to the 2010 album ‘The Extra Dimensional Wound’.

After a bleak, nihilistic ambient style intro, the title track gives in to some standard black metal with occasional thrash metal guitar undertones and a gritty feel to it. The vocals have an eerie tinge to them and the style shifts from whispers to howling adding to the overall sense of unease. Even the guitar style is abrasive, unrefined which helps to maintain this haunting atmosphere.

Take the ambient instrumental Cloven Shields for instance, it sounds like something befitting the soundtrack of a horror movie. Something creepy this way comes and only doom lies ahead. Chained to Decay witnesses a change to a much slower pace with…

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