Labels

If you have found this blog, it probably means you were searching for something that isn’t in the public eye. My intention is to promote awareness of artists that you would otherwise likely never know existed. If you like what you hear, support the artist by purchasing their music so that they can continue to create, and enjoy the release in the quality they intended.

Over the years this has grown into my own personal project, reviewing the artists that I discover and interest me. If you wish to see more of my work, particularly my more metal-orientated material, you can find me as a regular contributor for the online magazine
Axis of Metal.

Bloodshedd – Spare No One

Posted by T. Bawden Wednesday, 21 April 2010


Bloodshedd – Spare No One – 4/5
Link

Assuming I haven’t driven out everyone with my unconventional interests of late, and maybe it’s thanks to general frustration and annoyance that my sugar coated disposition has been replaced by one thirsting for something a little more aggressive but for the past few hours I have had this on repeat, and despite being quite far from my usual genre of choice – death/thrash – is an excellent example of what I would love to dive into and discover more often. Usually when you combine a style with a somewhat limited scope for versatility with another that has even less, you get a very formulaic result that fails to feel original, but this little known band from the Philippines have side-stepped this issue entirely.

Yes, there’s still the customary introductory track creating a stereotypically slow build-up, the vocals are fitting and nicely high pitched without straying obliquely into blackened territory, and whilst perhaps a little monotonous they never detract from the piece at hand. The drumming is solid enough without relying on repetitive blasting except for the most simple of sections, lacking bite in the standard ‘tech death’ fashion of doing things but with enough creativity to stave off becoming ‘just a metronome’ in the back, and the bass is almost impossible to discern in the production, but my jaded experience with the genre would expect nothing more of them.

The crux of this style of music is – and probably always will be – rested squarely on the shoulders of those playing the guitar; aggressive and dissonant twin harmonies wailing with a cacophony of riffs ranging from the technical ‘Anata’ mentality, still maintaining a jarring sense of melody, to the mild exodus worship. Everything thus far probably sounds a little lacklustre, but they manage to go one step further bringing them out of the depths of mediocrity. Now I’ve heard of jazz having an influence on Death Metal drumming, but this is the first time I’ve heard Jazz Fusion being slapped in the middle of a guitar riff; the solo’s don’t just merely shred chaotically, they meander and groove and slide around in an effigy of smooth technicality, and it’s integrated in a way that feels a natural fit.

Despite the bad name, their sound is technical enough that the tracks never descend into monotony yet they never forget to include melodies within the composition; no aspect relents on the aggression but they aren’t so blinded by their quest for brutality that everything becomes bland as a result; the shredding is still chaotic and dissonant but it never feels like random notes, taking pointers from their jazz influences in how to shred melodically, and they aren’t afraid to slow things down for more delicate interludes. No, they aren’t doing anything ‘outside the box,’ but this little known band from the most unlikely of places manages does everything the genre promises.

Highlights: Time For You to Die, Beast 696, This House of Termites

0 comments

Search

Guide

Guide to the Ratings
0/5 - This caused me physical pain
1/5 - This is really bloody awful
2/5 - This was below average
3/5 - This was above average
4/5 - This was pretty darn good.
5/5 - I cannot fault this epitome of perfection.

I cant guarantee all reviewers adhere to these guidelines, but work as a general guide.

Author's credit is given on all posts.