BLIGHT – The Teachings/Death Reborn

Rating: 1.5/5
Distributor/label: Black Market Metal Label
Released: December 22, 2017
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Band website: Blight


G. McCaughry – Vocals & Lyrics
Pascal Pelletier – Guitars
Cedric Deschamps – Bass
Rob Lapalme – Drums


1. For the Pact to be Writ
2. Sovereign [Suffering] Gestalt
3. Cernuous
4. Magna Arcana
5. VoidLight
6. Death Reborn
7. Gnostic Dirge


The Canadian Blight brings us a re-release of their compilation entitled ‘The Teachings – Death Reborn’. Each title represents a digitally released EP and the current compilation of both was released on cassette through the label Heathens Tribes. A similar path was followed for their first two demos, which they released as a compilation as well. Their original output since their formation in 2008 is therefore limited, and old material seems to be rehashed. This current compilation, released on the 22nd of December 2017, is therefore nothing new except for the fact that is now presented on a compact disc and through a different label, namely; Black Market Metal Label. The band itself is Luciferian-inspired (which seems to be trendy, I have noticed) and has had a short hiatus between 2010 and 2011.

The album opens with ‘For the Pact to be Wit’ and instantly sets the mood for the rest of the compilation, and its effect is mainly averse. I am not entirely sure if this band classifies as black metal as it sounds to me as, at most, ‘blackened’ death metal, but death metal nonetheless. Nothing in the music is really black metal and I would classify the opener, and the rest of the album, as death metal with black metal lyrics. The music is well-produced, but soulless, and does not really add anything new to the genre. The only song I can somehow appreciate is ‘Magna Arcana’, which I consider the best song of the album and a song I would consider listening to again…maybe.

With the exception of the aforementioned track, the album continues in a similar fashion as the opening track, but I am sure that there will be plenty of people out there who will love this album and so I suggest to give it a listen on YouTube before ordering this album. Personally, I think this music has had enough releases and I am not entirely sure what this compact disc release is supposed to add to it. It’s easy listening, boring at times, and the album is unable to captivate me. Nonetheless, with just over 34 minutes of music, can be ordered through Black Market Metal Label and since it is inexpensive you can order it there without really going wrong if you like this sort of ‘blackened’ death metal.

Review by Philosopher King