Two of Finland’s black metal hordes unite to compile and recite “Dead Christ Prayer,” an eight-track split release that represents both the country’s unique tradition and its future. Witchcraft, whose style pays reverence in no subtle way to the great Beherit, returns to expand its imprint and demonstrate its continued adherence to the unrefined bestiality that its primary inspiration pioneered thirty years ago. Its co-conspirators in Aske first inhabited the same time and space as Beherit, but then began an eighteen-year hiatus in 1998, returning in 2016 to embark on a second blasphemous stint of new recordings, which have culminated in this effort. “Dead Christ Prayer” thus presides over the exsanguination of the lifeless body of the false savior and the ensuing transfusion ritual, combining the old blood of Aske with the new blood of Witchcraft to perpetuate the cycle of evil.
- C. Conrad
released July 13, 2020
Tracks 1-5: Witchcraft
Recorded at Nekrokellari, December 2019 / February 2020
All music and lyrics written by Black Moon Necromancer
Tracks 6-7: Aske
Behemoth: Guitars, Bass and Vocals
Musta Suntio: Drums
Recorded at Hellfvkk 2019
Mixing by: Behemoth
Mastered at Äänilaitos by: Juuso Elminen
Special guest on vocals by: "J"
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An excellent blend of black metal and death metal sounds. The whole thing is just a delightfully creepy listen! The dual vocal attack is great. There is a lot of tremolo in the guitar riffs, alternating between low and crushing tones and blistering high tones. Excellent album, beginning to end! klflick1980