Saturday, September 06, 2014

Review: Bloodstrike - Necrobirth

Before any of you fellow nerds out there begin to think that we're reviewing an Image Comics series, no, we're gathered here today to talk about Denver, Colorado's own wet out of the womb death metal ensemble, Bloodstrike. The five piece have just formed this year and have already released their introductory EP, Necrobirth. Though the band itself is newly formed, the powers that combine to create the group have varying musical backgrounds; drummer Ryan Bloom performed on thrash metal band Havok's first album, Burn, bassist Rhiannon Wisniewski has lent her talents to fistfuls of groups and guitarist Jeff Alexis performed on three Silencer releases. The remaining members have been in lesser known groups. Let's see what this fresh off the press release has to offer.

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Independent/self-released
Release Date: June 17th, 2014
  1. In Death We Rot
  2. Skeletal Remains
  3. Serpent Son
Total Playtime: 12 minutes, 53 seconds




Rating: 6.5/10





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Before any of you fellow nerds out there begin to think that we're reviewing an Image Comics series, no, we're gathered here today to talk about Denver, Colorado's own wet out of the womb death metal ensemble, Bloodstrike. The five piece have just formed this year and have already released their introductory EP, Necrobirth. Though the band itself is newly formed, the powers that combine to create the group have varying musical backgrounds; drummer Ryan Bloom performed on thrash metal band Havok's first album, Burn, bassist Rhiannon Wisniewski has lent her talents to fistfuls of groups and guitarist Jeff Alexis performed on three Silencer releases. The remaining members have been in lesser known groups. Let's see what this fresh off the press release has to offer.

The debut EP from Bloodstrike begins with "In Death We Rot", a track that's not entirely fascinating but not a complete write off, either. It's what you would expect from a typical death metal song with Swedish roots; growls, blast beats, some oddly familiar tremolo picking, gritty power chords and an occasional doomy interlude. However, the material really begins to pick up come "Skeletal Remains". The riffs here are incredibly catchy, a string of progressive frets that morph from tremolos to power chords make up the chorus and bridges; all the while hi-hats crash to the fun structure in the background. This track is completed by a sick bass solo that keeps the same composition that the guitar set in place.

Unfortunately this brief EP ends on an anti-climactic note with "Serpent Son", a track that shadows the composition of the preceding song only with a slightly reversed, slower main structure and galloping drum patterns. The beginning and end of Necrobirth end up sandwiching the only original track, the other two being rather standard compositions that lack creativity and personality. Though on a positive note, the female gutturals are phenomenal, sturdy and impacting. Sadly, if this is a glimpse into what Bloodstrike have to offer then it stands to say that a longer release would most likely be comprised of stagnant death metal standards. If you're willing to give it a go, you can grab this EP for the low cost of free, or name your own price, over at their official Bandcamp page.

Digital Download Provided by: The Metal Detector Music Promotions

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