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Blaspherian

From: Houston, TX, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Blaspherian news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Lord of Logos Denied Entry Into U.S.

Belgium logo artist, Christophe Szpajdel has been denied passage into the United States at the port of Philadelphia. Szpajdel was scheduled to appear this Saturday, March 29th, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas at Bonds 007, to present art work from his recent book "Lord of the Logos: Designing the Metal Underground."

Promoters of the exhibition have stated his cancellation is the result of U.S. customs and beyond their control. They also issued a statement from Szpajdel: More...

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Original Vocalist Rejoins Blaspherian

Houston, Texas-based old-school death/doom metal horde Blaspherian has announced the return of original vocalist Daniel Desekrator to the line-up. Desekrator was with the band from 2004 until 2008 and can be heard on the "Allegiance to the Will of Damnation" EP as well as on the "Black Death" split with Adumus and the "Behold: The Endless Glory of Baphomet" split with Evil Incarnate.

With Desekrator back in the fold, Blaspherian is preparing to release a series of 7" and 12" split releases with the likes of Imprecation, Godless, Crucifer and In League With Satan in the coming months. On August 29th of this year, Blaspherian will invade Europe for the first time ever with an appearance at the Kill-town Death Fest in Copenhagen, Denmark. More European dates will be announced soon. For details on the Kill-town Death Fest, visit here.

For more info and updates, go to Blaspherian's Facebook page. In 2011, Blaspherian released "Infernal Warriors Of Death" through Deathgasm Records. Below is an upload of the band at the Destroying Texas Fest 7, which took place at the BFE Rock Club in Houston on November 3rd, 2012.


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Unearthing The Texas Metal Underground, Part 2

When it comes to American metal strongholds, New York, California, and Florida never escape mention, but Texas remains the wild card. Not only has the state produced a number of influential bands, but the fan base is famously strong. It's true that no scene is what it used to be, but Texas continues to turn out new and varied acts whose names reach far beyond its borders. San Antonio Metal Examiner Jacob Holmes did the first round up for Metal Underground, but it's a big state and there's still a lot of ground to cover.

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Guitarist Wes Weaver has become something of a Texas metal folk hero in the last twenty years. Operating out of Houston, he co-founded Dark Reign in the early '90s, which soon morphed into the much-loved death metal juggernaut known as Imprecation. The band made a name for itself as a cult phenomenon, but they never broke out into the larger arena and finally disbanded. In the meantime, Weaver continued to boost the Texas scene with his venerable radio show, and he also appeared in the short-lived Infernal Dominion, which was regarded as a departure from his classic brand of crepitus death metal.

In 2004, the Texas metal community was surprised to hear that Weaver was spearheading a new band called Blaspherian. Their approach was a pummeling return to the Imprecation model, and the debut EP, "Allegiance to the Will of Damnation," was the antidote to an increasingly stagnant Houston scene.

Like most veteran metal musicians, Blaspherian eschewed the current standard of soulless digital production in favor of a traditional analog soundscape. There are no typewriter drums or varnished guitar tones here; Blaspherian specializes in the booming, fuzzed-out death marches that reveal the blackened heart of true death metal. The riffs are efficient and linear even at the fastest moments, and nothing about the writing is rushed or overplayed. Chords hang, drums rumble, and evil all but drips from the speakers.

Blaspherian is important not only as a revival band, but because it points back directly to the groups that sired it. If younger fans are inspired to dig into the vaults of Texas' metal history, then "Allegiance to the Will of Damnation" has succeeded in its mission. The band makes semi-regular live appearances around the the state in the name of converting newcomers and flying the flag for the best days of death metal.

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