“Pseudologia Phantastica” marks the lone demo for Bloodgod, an extreme metal band from the Netherlands. Despite being only 3 tracks and 11 minutes long, this release delivers a feast of brilliant thrash, death, and black metal riffs that are sure to cause serious neck trauma. After a short sample, the opening track, “Heist”, kicks things off with one of the demos most lethal riffs. It is accompanied by the tortured screams that stretch the boundaries of the human voice. In general, Bloodgod tend to play at destructive tempos, however, both “Heist” and “Bloodgod” show that the band knows how to create a groove. In both songs, a headbang-inducing riff comes in at the perfect moment and is accompanied by more restrained drums, creating a huge pocket (that the bass nicely fills).
One surprising aspect of this demo is that it actually manages to capture a bit of an old-school thrash feel (circa ’89-’91). The riffs can often be just a little bit different from your standard thrash riff. With that said, however, there are obviously plenty of other styles and sounds on this record, but that one definitely did jump out. I would not be surprised to see some bands like Intruder or Evildead to be inspirations to this band. There isn’t too much more to say about “Pseudologia Phantastica” simply because it’s so short. All three tracks are impressive, but it’s just that: three songs. The riffs however, are so undeniably good that this demo needs to be heard now. The only problem is, it will leaving you wanting for far more.
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4.25/5 or 85%.
Written by Scott