Album brings mind-blowing vibes
Norwegian punk band Blood Command have been raising hell since 2008, and although there is a new lead singer, the band marches on releasing their latest record, Praise Armageddonism. The music on each track is simply righteous, featuring an emotionally powerful vocal performance from Nikki Brumen. Out of this world guitar playing by Yngve Andersen, Benjamin Berge and Snorre Kilvær fill the atmosphere with heart-skipping riffs, and Sigurd Haakaas’s percussions keep things perfectly tied together with fast-paced drum beats. Blood Command does know to create worthy music.
The ever-righteous “Saturday City” is a harmonic piece featuring a heavy mix of punk and rock music. The best part is hearing how the bass playing from Kilvær emerges from the background with bone-chilling riffs that contributes to the happiness. “Saturday City” is a joy to have blaring on the speakers while Kilvær plays his heart out on the bass guitar.
“Everything You Love Will Burn” is a dark, killer song that shows how powerful Brumen is as a vocalist. Before joining Blood Command Brumen was a part of the band Pagan where she ruled people’s minds with her voice. Today, Brumen uses her authoritative vocals for Blood Command and while listening to the tune, Brumen sings in pure rage. The way she screams and shouts out the lyrics gives this tune an extra kick of madness. “Everything You Love Will Burn” is a classic example of how Brumen uses her voice to show the world why she became the lead singer of Blood Command.
Head-banging track, “A Villain’s Monologue” is a classic example of how great punk is thanks to the drumming from Haakaas. Throughout punk music, the drummer has the most important role due to how the drum beats bring a rhythmic noise, and the drum playing chimes in with the nonstop insanity. Haakaas is a talented musician who isn’t afraid to show off his drumming skills in “A Villain’s Monologue.”
“Nuns, Guns & Cowboys” is a blazing track that is a bit different from the rest of the songs. The band uses the elements of harmony and punk music to display how they feel, but the best part is the guitar playing from Andersen and Berge shaking things up with energizing riffs. Right off the bat, vein-jolting riffs scream from the speakers with great authority, and in some ways, each note captures the madness that keeps lingering around. “Nuns, Guns & Cowboys” is a killer tune that has wonderful guitar playing from Andersen and Berge.
The ending song “Last Call for Heaven’s Gate” wraps things up with a bang due to how well the band is performing together. Throughout the whole composition, the instrumentation and vocals capture what metal and punk music sound like when mixed. The guitars and drums are being played on a simple musical tempo whereas the vocals are being performed on a high scale. “Last Call for Heaven’s Gate” gives a perspective of how powerful Blood Command is with their music.
Blood Command knows how to shake souls with Praise Armageddonism.