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Classic Album Review: The Black League | Ichor

The Impaled Nazarene refugees trade blood and gore for doom and gloom.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


When I saw that Finnish death-metal outfit The Black League boasted three — count ’em, three — former members and/or sidemen from unholy thrash gods Impaled Nazarene, I expected their debut album Ichor to be nothing short of a cacophony of chaos and brutality. Well, colour my blood-lust unfulfilled.

Turns out IchorBlood of the Gods in, I presume, Finnish — is more concerned with gloom and doom than grind and gore. This hour-long opus of melodic black metal gallops along on midtempo Euro-metal beats, with twin guitarists laying down a black wall-to-wall carpet of wah-wah power-chord majesty to cushion demonic growler Taneli Jarva’s incantations of sorrow and death. It’s a decently constructed dungeon of grief and anguish to be sure, but Ichor can’t hold a candle to the frenzied assault of the mighty Nazarene. Then again, what could?