In 2002, Black Witchery were just beginning to establish themselves in the underground. At the time, “Desecration of the Holy Kingdom” represented the most morbid necromantic invocation of Blasphemy and Sarcofago and others like them that had yet been summoned forth. No other band fully captured these bands’ intense and ritualistic sound with the same violence and dedication to chaos. Black Witchery’s sound on “Desecration of the Holy Kingdom” is furious and focused. As such, Black Witchery helped to usher in what may be convincingly characterized as the second wave of bestial black/death metal. Over 15 years after its release, the import and power of Black Witchery’s debut LP has not subsided at all. In this new era, where metal genres and subgenres rise and fall in the duration of a single season, it’s important to approach the classic albums with appropriate reverence and to maintain the collective appreciation of the foundational albums. “Desecration of the Holy Kingdom” undoubtedly is such an album.