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Blood Meridian- Elements of Brutality

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Words like Boundaries aren’t meant for bands like Blood Meridian. Unlike most, I shy away from labeling them with just the Technical-Death Metal tag – there is some very extreme Gore-based riffage present in the entire album and that in many ways pushes the intensity of this 20 minute independent release a step ahead of the present-day ennui of extreme metal, Omni-present in the scene today- in terms of both instrumentation and Song-writing. Mind-bogglers like opener Under the butcher’s blade and Shadows manage to cut through traditional death metal elements with a sharp sense of technicality.  Coma is a personal favorite one which will work well with fans of Decapitated and Spawn of Possession. Speaking of Decapitated, the Spheres of Madness cover displays Vocalist Bhaskar’s ability to sharply Growl and Squeal with equal prowess and dexterity, while the instrumentation does nothing amazing, in general- unlike all of the other numbers in the cd, leaving the track to somewhat drown by the time it ends. All in all- A sharp debut- one that doesn’t take too many listens to sink in.   


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