Bloodiest + “Descent”

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Posted 05 March 2011   Music Reviews
Bloodiest + "Descent", 3.9 out of 5 based on 5 ratings

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…and from the furthest reaches they came:  Bloodiest.

They number seven deep:  Cayce Key, Sean Patrick Riley, Ben Clarke, Eric Chaleff, Tony Lazzara, Nandini Khaund, and Bruce Lamont.  Each of them heavily entrenched in the spirit of Chicago’s musical underground featuring ex and current members of Yakuza, 90 Day Men, Follows and Atombombpocketknife. In truth and considering that “Descent” is their first release, it’s somewhat astonishing that it sounds as cohesive and well-orchestrated as it does.  All things considered, cohesion and orchestration are two of the band’s greatest strengths.

Although it will certainly appeal to those who prefer a heavy sound, “Descent” strays well outside the bounds of what is traditionally known as “Metal”.  In spite of the common thread that binds Bloodiest’s co-creators together, the fact is that this isn’t Metal.  This is one of those rarefied moments in music where the boundaries disappear and there’s a sense of being free of form and convention.

Just how deeply does the abyss run?

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In an album that is stratified by nothing but high points:  “Fallen” sets the tone and moves towards the inevitable.  The dreamy exoticism of “Coh” takes the listener deeper down the rabbit hole by way of interlude.  “Pastures” represents one of the album’s most compelling and evocative moments.  “Dead Inside” may be the single greatest representation of the sonic expanse that Bloodiest is capable of spanning.  The melody that is introduced by the guitar on “Slave Rule” reveals a flood of intensity by it’s conclusion.  “Obituary” lays the hallowed proceedings to their final rest with the hope that somehow, this isn’t a singular effort and that this force of nature might rise again.  (Or at least, take to the road in support of this outstanding release.)

Eminently listenable and infinitely spirited by the breath of it’s creators, “Descent” is a monolithic listening experience.  Even with it’s sublime and ethereal sound, it’s difficult to imagine that 2011 will bring anything that could best this masterpiece.

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Bloodiest + “Descent”

Rating 5.0 / 5

Available March 29th, 2011 on Relapse Records

Preorder it HERE