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New Music Review: BLËED “The Hatred Inside”

REVIEW – Their stages are messy.  Their shows are horror-filled and bloody.  Their music is mayhem.  Canadian metallers BLËED dropped their independent debut LP on the masses on September 29, 2015, and the misery-themed album and it’s giant sound is a follow up to their 2013 self-titled EP, which gained some attention amongst fans and critics alike.  With new drummer Chuck Murphy (who also plays in Idolatry and Ivardensphere) in place, BLËED are ready to take on the world, from the very prolific and unlikely metal city, Edmonton, Alberta, creating a metal scene boom.  Returning for the full-length album are bassist Mike Bell (who also plays with Samandriel), Guitarist Ron Kratky, and vocalist Robert Kreed. Producer Tyson Travnik also worked behind the scenes on fellow Edmonton band Display of Decay’s new album as well.

The album kicks off with the title track, and relentlessly thrashes the listener from then, onto the end. Themes of blasphemy, and whether or not to denounce God, child-killing priests, Gods who aren’t who they appear to be, what it’s like to experience the paid of decay and finally turn into a zombie, cannibalization, pillaging vikings, destruction of everything, and even love gone wrong make up the powerful debut by BLËED, and all tracks are from the perspective of the victim or antagonizer, and ends with the final moments of the subject of the album. The packaging is creative and cool as well, the front and back cover depicts someone ripping themselves open, and when opening the CD, you’re basically tearing the subject open, revealing the ugly inside, or The Hatred Inside. Great design work by Brittany Cardinal and Morbid Asylum.

Much like counterparts, GWAR, BLËED is well-known for their live shows more than anything.  The likelihood of you being covered in blood when leaving a BLËED show is pretty good.  Several costume changes, fake blood, horror props, Jäger spewing dead babies, and ear-splitting thrash, power and death metal provide the stage show known as a BLËED concert.  As much as gimmicks can be very effective in live rock and metal shows, for me it always boiled down to the music.  70s era KISS was flashy, but the music is what mattered to me.  GWAR was very visual, but they made great albums with clever, well-produced songs.  I just hope that BLËED remembers this, and doesn’t rely too heavily on gimmicks, after all, it’s the albums and recordings that will be their legacy, not necessarily the stage shows.  If they can do that, there’s nothing stopping them from world domination.

BLËED “The Hatred Inside”

Bleed CD coverTrack Listing:
1. The Hatred Inside (1:32)
2. Deceiver (4:58)
3. Committed (4:27)
4. Blood Ashes (4:43)
5. Suffocate (4:18)
6. Murder Baby (3:02)
7. Xombimind (2:35)
8. Beginnings (3:42)
9. Obelisk (5:01)
10. Conquer (2:48)
11. Hate March Kill (3:47)
Album Length: 41:00

Rick Schwartz
Rick has reviewed new music on a personal and professional level, while building his ever expanding music collection, since a very young age.
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