Deadly Blessing - Ascend from the Cauldron (New Renaissance) 1988
and Destroy" (4:37)
2. "Salem's Lot" (4:23)
3. "Escape the Wrath" (3:39)
4. "Cry of Medusa" (4:27)
5. "Deliver Us From Evil" (5:04)
6. "Silent Madness" (4:31)
7. "Mindbender" (5:11)
8. "Deadly Blessing" (4:07)
In the mid 80's I ate
up just about anything that New Renaissance Records released. Among my favorites
was a band called Cerebus. Had I known about Deadly
Blessing at the time, I think they may have been my favorite from the label.
"Ascend from the Cauldron" is a fantastic, old school, heavy metal album, that
occasionally borders on thrash and speed metal. One of the standout features
in this band, is the siren howls of vocalist Ski. His high, smooth voice is
one that I can only imagine would drive most fans of modern metal up a wall.
He has a similar quality as John Arch (ex-Fates
Warning), although he most certainly has a style and charisma that is all
his own. Musically, imagine an album like Fates
Warning's "Spectre Within" combines with the aggression and metal enthusiasm
of a band like Nasty Savage or Helstar and you might get a picture
of what to expect here. The songs are somewhat complex, yet not overly so. However,
this is one of those albums that will take more than one listen to totally ingest.
Galloping riffs, power chords, shredding guitar solos, pounding drums, soaring
vocals. It's real metal baby!
As with most of the official
New Renaissance Records re-releases, "Ascend from the Cauldron" was
released in a limited, numbered edition. Mine is #681.
of Blood covered "Deadly Blessing".
Deadly Blessing 1988
Ski & Doro