Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Bleeding Fist - Death's Old Stench

Risen from the horrors of the abyss are Bleeding Fist, a quartet from Slovenia who specialize in the dark arts of black and thrash metal. Since their beginning in 2004 the band have released fistfuls of EPs, demos and splits with only one full-length entitlement to call their own; which was 2009's Bestial Kruzifix666ion. So it came as a surprise that their new compilation release, Death's Old Stench, is a conglomeration of unreleased material between 2011 and 2013 rather than reigning in their scattered releases.

Genre: Black Metal, Thrash Metal
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
  1. Angel Negro (Intro)
  2. Holy Saint of Death
  3. Brotherhood of Chaos and Death
  4. Revelation of Degenesis
  5. The Veiled Crowned Queen
  6. De La Muerte (Intermezzo)
  7. Azazel
  8. Death Almighty Death
  9. Blackened Illumination
  10. Tweens of Darkness and Evil
  11. Cursed Blood
  12. Prelude to the Total Death 266 (Outro)
Total Playtime: 46 minutes, 56 seconds

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Rating: 8.0/10




Risen from the horrors of the abyss are Bleeding Fist, a quartet from Slovenia who specialize in the dark arts of black and thrash metal. Since their beginning in 2004 the band have released fistfuls of EPs, demos and splits with only one full-length entitlement to call their own; which was 2009's Bestial Kruzifix666ion. So it came as a surprise that their new compilation release, Death's Old Stench, is a conglomeration of unreleased material between 2011 and 2013 rather than reigning in their scattered releases.

This raw, beefy slab of blackened death metal that features a cavernous sound that rivals the dungeon style atmosphere of releases from the late 1980's and early 1990's such as Death's Scream Bloody Gore. The thickest portion of this premium cut of bloody meat is made up of standard black metal ingredients, such as tremolo picking dripping in reverb, down strummed power chords, blast beats and deep, charred growls with surrounding echoes. Despite these generalized spices, the material is flavorful in it's compositions and bloody in it's execution. Although most of the content is fast and brutal, there are a solid amount of tempo changes, ranging from the slower death metal sections in "Brotherhood", "The Veiled" and "Unholy Saint of Death" to the upbeat blackened thrash anthems heard in "Revelation" and "Holy Saint of Death".


The drum work is commanding and powerful, sounding as if the drummer is not human at all but in fact a demonic entity. The snare drum pops with ferocity and the bass drum booms with the force of an earthquake; this leads to the blast beats being incredibly powerful as they drive the tamer guitar arrangements. The guitars themselves have a gritty distortion and sometimes utilize single strings which replace the existence of heavy duty guitar work for that time frame, though they mostly contribute open power chords. At times it's hard to believe that the tracks were recorded over the span of two years during different periods as everything fits so well together, especially with the briefly added interludes "De La Muerte", "Angel Negro" and "Prelude to the Total Death 266" which wrap everything up into a tight little package.

Best summed up as a Satan loving maelstrom of fatty black metal sautéed in sizzling thrash juices, Death's Old Stench is a strong compilation that could've stood on it's own if marketed as a full-length release despite the varying lyrical themes. Surprisingly there's not a large difference in production and mixing qualities between the tracks, most of them sound as though they were recorded in the same studio with the same values less a couple of tracks here and there. The content is very raw come off sounding like they were pulled off in two or three takes. Definitely a worthwhile listen for it's assortment of compositions and themes, there's never a dull moment in this content.

Digital Download Provided by: Moribund Records

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