Introduction: From the very beginning you are welcomed by a static pop and and groovy guitar riff of the opening track ‘Up Shirts Down Skirts‘ which does a very good job of setting the stage and mood of Baptized In Blood’s first full length release. A heavy hitting mix of modern heavy metal, melodic grooves, with a very strong 80’s thrash influences bleeding into the over all feel of the band’s sound as a whole. Lets get shitty with Baptized In Blood’s ‘Gutter Bound‘.
Good: ‘Gutter Bound‘ is very well recorded. All the drums come though clear and defined and all the cymbals are never too overwhelming and the double bass it tight and smart. The low growls and high screams are very set in the back of the mix compared to the instruments, this sets a very good plane for the musical talents of the band to shine through, as there is an overload of musical talent in this group. An obvious vocal point of the band is the guitar work. Very melodic and heavy. You can really hear the musical personalities of the individuals shine though. Josh and his relentless whammy and Nick and his lighting fast tapping skills. Guitars are no doubt the shinning point in this CD. Bass is constant, in the back of the mix, but really shines though on some very smart and well placed solo moments via ‘Lightning Speed‘.
‘Next Stop Hollywood‘ is the new party anthem of the year. Everything about this song will make you smile. Everytime you hear it you’ll just want to raise you glass and sing along!
‘Blue Oyster‘ needs no explaining for it’s influence.
The last on the CD ‘Only Time Will Tell‘ is very heavy song and takes from alot of heavier styles with the use of chromatics, pinch harmonics, break downs, and less of a emphasis on melodies as the other songs.
This CD is very flexible and has a little something for fans of any metal sub-genre.
Bad: There is nothing ‘Bad’ about this CD. It is actually one of the best CD’s that have ever graced my ears, but for the sake of having a little bit of criticism I have a few nit picks. Firstly the gang vocals are very inconsistent, in ‘Down And Out‘ they are a little to loud for my taste and in ‘Blue Oyster‘ you care barely make out what they are saying.
Some of the vocals seem inconsistent (I know Johl grabs the mic like he does live when recording) but sometimes this can lead to a long scream dropping out a little sooner then I would like.
Again, Nothing ‘Bad’, but if you listen REALLY hard you’ll find them.
There are some ‘Old’ songs on this CD, songs that were on their 4 song EP, 2 of them made it over onto the new full length re-writen and re-recorded. It would be nice to have a CD with all new material, but no doubt the next release will more then please.
Conclusion: A very awesome and welcome change to the music and especially the metal I have been listening to lately. Baptized In Blood even competes with the big boys in my music library, and beats most of them out. Give these boys some time and nothing will be able to stop them. They are not iTunes at the moment, but you can pick up their CD via Evelmerch (http://www.evelmerch.com/baptizedinblood). Pick it up and enjoy the new sound of heavy metal. This is a must buy!
Baptized In Blood’s ‘Gutter Bound’ get 5 shots of Jager out of 5.
August 28th, 2009