Bonded By Blood - The Aftermath review
|Band:||Bonded By Blood|
|Release date:||July 2012|
01. I Can't Hear You
02. Shepherds Of Rot
03. The Aftermath
04. Crawling In The Shadows
05. In A Wake
07. Among The Vultures
08. Show No Fear
09. Restless Mind
10. Left Behind
11. Killing In The Name [Rage Against The Machine cover]
Of all the bigger names of the resurgence of popular(ish) thrash, Bonded By Blood have remained the one that I haven't ever really wanted to put on. Their stuff hasn't been all that bad, it's just it's always felt more stale than the work of Warbringer, Havok and the like. They never quite provided the right amount of uniqueness with their tunes to make their albums must-buys.
I honestly wish I could say that this changes all that, but it just doesn't. It has a number of the ingredients necessary for being great—the new more Steve Souza/Nuclear Assault-like vocals work better with the overall sound than the old vocalist's did, the axe-work is top-shelf from beginning to end, the new bassist sounds excellent, and the band is playing more cohesively than before--but everything is brought crumbling down by the lacking consistency in the songwriting department and the weak, Worlds Torn Asunder-y production job on this thing.
At least their previous albums all had it going for them that they were sufficiently loud; this thing sounds fully contained and smothered by the pillowy production—words that just can't be applied to a good, old fashioned, vicious thrash record. The riffing provides ample fists aimed at the face, but they're all shielded by the Serta-sponsored mixing.
It's well-executed, technical Bay Area-style thrash that's mixed to sound flaccid. It's a for-Bonded-fans only sort of deal, which is a goddamn shame considering the improvements these guys have made since 2010.
||Written on 03.10.2012 by Wormdrink's real name is George and he's an American.|
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