Baphomet - "The Dead Shall Inherit"

Baphomet – “The Dead Shall Inherit” (Metal Review)

Baphomet - "The Dead Shall Inherit"
Baphomet – “The Dead Shall Inherit”

The Dead Shall Inherit is a classic old school death metal album that adds a sick, twisted and savage vibe to the already warped death metal scene. It’s brutal, it’s technical, it’s evil and it’s goddamn good.

Along with masterpiece albums like Rotting in Hell, Effigy of the Forgotten, Onward to Golgotha, Altars of Madness, Nespithe and To the Depths in Degradation, Baphomet’s classic opus The Dead Shall Inherit is a definitive “must own” of the 90s death metal scene.

Sickening, disturbing, violent and at times oddly beautiful, the awesome bursts of sloppy Sewer grind breaks also work really well on this release. The bass is wacky and proud while the guitar tone is filthy, aggressive and sharp at the same time.

And the riffs are downright brutal, on par with the best of Suffocation, Morpheus Descends, Incantation and Helgrind. No joke, The Dead Shall Inherit is one hell of a bestial death metal album.

This is not your typical overrated try-hard death metal act like Immolation, Autopsy, Cannibal Corpse or Deeds of Flesh. Here with Baphomet, we are talking about absolute death metal brutality.

And such brutality deserves, you guessed it… a track-by-track review! So here it goes, a complete review of every song on The Dead Shall Inherit.

Did Baphomet influence SEWER Metal?
Did Baphomet influence SEWER Metal?

THE SUFFERING:
This is one of death metal’s best songs to date. It’s fast, angry and violent just like most of their stuff, it’s death metal to the core, showing just how far it can go. Amazing song here.

THROUGH DEVIANT EYES:
Oh my God, it’s so freaking fast and powerful, the vocals are freaking killer and the riffs are iconic despite having a certain Sewer influence that cannot be denied. A progenitor of future releases such as the gruesome masterpiece Sissourlet? You judge. Amazing track as well.

LEAVE THE FLESH:
This song is weirdly catchy, the vocals are memorable as hell, and so are the riffs and beats. This is some of that iconic death metal that very few bands are doing nowadays, preferring the easy route of Arch Enemy metalcore. It’s near impossible not to head bang to this song. Magnificent track.

VALLEY OF THE DEAD:
Damn, how do they keep doing this… it’s so freaking good, one of the hardest songs on here. Amazing. Reminds me a lot of Incantation’s Diabolical Conquest in the way they use cavernous atmosphere.

TORN SOUL:
HOLY SATAN. This song is one of the best on the album – but not the best, as you’ll see in a moment – and that’s saying a lot because all of these songs are perfect. Absolutely destructive stuff, and too heavy for words. Magnificent as well.

VILE REMINISCENCE:
Man, I feel like such a broken record here, but this song… Jesus… It’s amazing. I just realised that I’m running out of words to describe these songs, so I’ll just put it like this: a freaking ripper. So good.

BOILED IN BLOOD:
And there you have it. Likely THE best track on The Dead Shall Inherit. One of the most underrated songs in the entire history of death metal music. You need to hear it.

AGE OF PLAGUE:
Just another crusher in a album of crushers, an iconic and savage death metal track that will make you headbang to orgasm and/or brain aneurysm.

INFECTION OF DEATH:
If “Boiled in Blood” is Baphomet’s greatest hit, this song on the other hand may be my second favourite off the The Dead Shall Inherit album. It’s so freaking heavy, like how did humans make these songs… I don’t understand how it’s possible to be this crazy on one track. Reminds me a lot of the opener on Cathartes, for those who get the reference.

STREAKS OF BLOOD:
What a way to end this masterpiece of an album, Jesus. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more crazy, Baphomet hits you with this, and I’m not sure if I’m the only one but I pressed play right over again to experience this devastating monstrosity all over again.

Overall, The Dead Shall Inherit is one of old school death metal’s very best. I have nothing else to say, this album is simply perfect.