Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Bloodtruth - Obedience (Album Review)

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 16/09/2014
Label: Unique Leader Records

‘Obedience’ CD/DD track listing:

1). Subvenite (00:53)
2). Surrounded By Blind Bigots (03:17)
3). Throes of Death (03:40)
4). Suppurating Of Deception (03:51)
5). Coerced to Serve (03:21)
6). Quench Your Thirst (04:10)
7). Summoning the Heretics (02:42)
8). Foresworn (04:24)
9). March of the Fools (03:02)
10). Obedience (3:59)


The ten tracks engulfing BLOODTRUTH’s Obedience tap into a wealth of unadulterated lyrical hatred released through incinerating waves of limb-removing, guttural metal. Engineered by Francesco Paoli and Cristiano Trionfera (both of Fleshgod Apocalypse) at Sonic Hammer Studios,Obedience was then mixed and mastered by Italian death metal producer and legend Stefano Morabito of 16th Cellars Studios (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Eyeconoclast, Unfanthomable Ruination, Inherit Disease, and is enshrouded with some of the most intense artwork to date by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design (Exodus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm), the perfect summary of the level of extreme comprising Obedience.

Initially forged in 2009 as the side project of Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi and now featuring the updated lineup of vocalist Luigi Valenti, guitarist Stefano Rossi Ciucci, bassist Riccardo Rogari and drummer GiacomoTorti, BLOODTRUTH heaves forth a sonic fireball of speed, brutality and unadulterated hate. Fusing the cryptic atmosphere of early ‘90s death metal and evocative Gregorian chant, representing the band’s homeland and history, with methodical technicality, BLOODTRUTH are ceaseless in their ear-lacerating capabilities.

The Band:

Vocals | Luigi Valenti
Guitar | Stefano Rossi Ciucci
Bass | Riccardo Rogari
Drums | Giacomo Torti


Death metal, in any of its permutations, is something that is good, or it really isn't. DM bands can be counted a dime a dozen and as a genre can get hokie extremely quickly, one such exception stands before you, in the form of Bloodtruth, with a new album entitled ‘Obedience’.  Yes there are similar bands in the genre but they aren't as good and tend to lose the good parts when they just strive for brutality or being overly technical.

Bloodtruth is a perfect example of a band that stands out, as they have a technical approach to the whole Death Metal scene. They are almost in league with math metal technicians Man Must Die, as they position their notes and beats with almost evil precision. Don't mistake this for prog perfection; it's as if cheese graters covered in rusty barbed wire were used on the instruments in Paganistic rites. It's heavy and evil!

I was in love from the Gregorian chants of opener, ‘Subvenite’ indeed they are used on several songs to bastardize the grandeur and sanctity of holy worship, into something amazingly grotesque and devout in its own way.

The album doesn't let up on the throttle, jumping into brutal imagery and delivery from the vocalist, who is determined to strain his voice well past its terminus point. He wants the hate to flow, and he wants it bad! The band just greases the rails to hell along with him, especially on my picks of the album, ‘Foresworn’ and ‘Suppurating of Deception’.

The former for the absolutely awesome third act of the song, the guitarists just let loose on their instruments and lay down some great examples of fret dancing that most DM bands can't really match, and with a clarity that any band would kill for.  The second pick, because it pans across many different DM styles, from slow chug to fast runs, to shred, it just doesn't sit still long enough for the song to get old.

Overall, Bloodtruth gets is very right, and if you want fast, grossly talented, brutal death metal, give ‘Obedience’ it's due. IN BLOOD

Words by: Hunter Young

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