Suffocation - Blood Oath review
|Release date:||July 2009|
01. Blood Oath
02. Dismal Dream
03. Pray For Forgiveness
04. Images Of Purgatory
05. Cataclysmic Purification
06. Mental Hemorrhage
07. Come Hell Or High Priest
09. Provoking The Disturbed
10. Martial Decimation
11. Pray For Forgiveness [instrumental version] [N. America bonus]
12. Dismal Dream [rough mix un-mastered version] [N. America bonus]
13. Blood Oath [instrumental version] [limited edition bonus]
14. Cataclysmic Purification [rough mix un-mastered version] [limited edition bonus]
Blood Oath is, quite sadly, rather mediocre and as a consequence - fairly boring. I don't think the intention of death metal is supposed to be inducing sleep; however, I found it terribly easy to nod off to Blood Oath on more than one occasion. And I really doubt this is because I'm a jaded asshole who heard enough death metal already to consider it pretty tame music. No. Suffocation made a boring record and that's all there is to it.
Just as Mike Smith's trademark hyperblasts sound a little like some sort of jackhammer, Suffocation's music on Blood Oath is like watching someone getting brutally raped with a jackhammer. Except that nobody was kind enough to attach a dildo to the heavy drill and thus, not very surprisingly, the victim's intestines begin to leak out of a bunch of violently administered holes. And all of this is pretty awesome to watch, right? Nothing better for a death metal fan than some vicarious murder and Suffocation aurally delivers exactly this. It all sounds mighty impressive due to the superb production, crystal-clear and selective sound. Unfortunately, this initially very positive impression only lasts for about the first 2 songs and then it just gets rehashed and forgettable. We've heard it all before, by this band and done much better. Think about it - watching just the jackhammer would get boring about 10 minutes or so. There are so many more creative ways to kill a person in a funny way. Suffocation uses none of these on Blood Oath.
Alas, Suffocation is obviously a highly regarded band with a well-earned cult following. But that doesn't mean every new album should be enthusiastically received just due to the renown. Forget it, sometimes you gotta call crap crap. Blood Oath might not exactly be crap but it is completely unremarkable regardless.
||Written on 26.07.2009 by With Metal Storm since 2002, jupitreas has been subjecting the masses to his reviews for quite a while now. He lives in Warsaw, Poland, where he does his best to avoid prosecution for being so cool.|
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