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Damn and sorry for the delay, dear bloodforcers. An apology because I neglected this little gem for way too long. Rather accidentally, it managed to sneak into my player somehow and now it easily ousts my so-far-favourites with extremely big balls, respect!
Bleeding Red is the name of the German band whose members are just in their twenties but they already know what they want: to celebrate flawless death´n´thrash and pretty up the steps of the metal throne with accurately placed pools of blood. And what can I say, dear friends, the youngsters do it god damn well. After the intro Bloodforce, a neckbreaker is followed by a groove destroyer, then the game starts anew. Musical submarines or “slowboats” are absolutely no option as the blood-red armada is loaded with tons of heavy death metal cannonry, which, without any squealing and creaking thanks to some synthetic fuel-efficient engine oil, is aiming directly at you.
Bottom line: Those who don´t want to hear any more metaphors, not my problem. But it still doesn´t change the fact that, with this record, Bleeding Red won at least me over. It´s hard to classify the guys because they created an absolutely unique and independent death metal record and this with lots of love for both music and detail. If at all, it reminds of the first Bullet for my Valentine album but with some decent singing. Speaking of vocals, my favourite topic. Singer/guitarist Timo is just 24 years old but he sounds like a mix between John Tardy (Obituary), Marc Grewe (Morgoth) and Anders Friden (In Flames), in equal shares. Very impressive, and therefore 10 elks to Germany!
P.S. The extremely well-executed and elaborate presentation of this release is also worth mentioning. Of course, this has nothing to do with the musical quality; still it´s very, very important for young bands. Bleeding Red have simply done everything right. Boss gimme two extra elks…
02. The Running Man
04. Wasted Screams
08. Calm Before the Storm
11. Goddess of Black
12. Calling for your Downfall