Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CD Review: BLOODLASH Drowning Amidst The Nebulae (Independent) by Alan Lisanti

Drowning Amidst The Nebulae
Bloodlash is a band with many influences. The musicianship is excellent, and the songwriting is both catchy and interesting. Of all their influences, from Death Metal to Progressive, and Post Metal, and Rock, the songs seem to lean the most toward the Progressive side of things. There are moments where you will hear bits of Death Metal creep in to the sound, or parts where you will hear the Post Metal elements stand out more. Overall, the songs seem to be crafted with a very exploratory approach which is probably where the Progressive aspects shine through most noticeably. The vocals are both melodic and harsh as there is a lot of bouncing back and forth between clean singing and assorted screams (low, high, mids). While the melodic aspects may turn away a lot of the more strictly Death Metal orientated fan base, the blending of so many styles may be the very thing that draws others in. If you're a fan of bands like Between The Buried And Me, Cynic, newer Mastodon, or some of their contemporaries, you'll most likely enjoy this release. If newer Mastodon or newer Baroness only makes you long for these band's earlier works, then Bloodlash may be too melodic and too diverse for you. Either way, the best way to know for sure is to give it a chance. The band is talented and is making a concerted effort to think outside of the box while wearing their influences on their sleeve. In a time where fewer people seem to be willing to step out of their respective comfort zones, whether that's as an artist or a fan, this is probably a good thing. 7.5 out of 10 -Alan Lisanti

Track list:
1. Scythian Aurora
2. Ocean Bed
3. Broken Teeth
4. In Gold & Blood pt 1 (Masks Of Red Dawn & Lead)
5. In Gold &.Blood pt 2. (Deluge)

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