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   BLUDGEON
Crucify The Priest
2002
Metal Blade
http://www.bludgeon.tv


rating: 2/5

1. Smoke Screen
2. Idle Distinction
3. Tortured Through Lies
4. Zero Tolerance
5. Last Rites
6. Voluntary Manslaughter
7. Crucify The Priest
8. Abandoned
9. Bound
10. Inner Hell
11. Turmoil
12. Stained In Blood
The producer of the album was Joey DeMaio but there is no similarity between the music of Bludgeon and Manowar. It's been also released through Manowar's Magic Circle Music, but that's all the connection. The band consists of four persons, Mark Duca the singer and rhythm guitarist, Eric Karol the bass player, Matt De the drummer and guitarist Carlos Alvarez. They put together a debut album of 40 minutes, containing 12 songs.

Their music is thrash-death based modern metal with some hardcore influences. It could be much more dynamic if there were less mid-tempod passages, but it still remains concentrated and heavy sounding. They combined the American styled death metal with the outbursting energy of thrash, addig a great deal of dry aggression of hardcore to this mess, trying to form the character of Bludgeon. It's a well-done job, but still too typical. They should play more varied music, putting some more complicated themes into the songs, for becoming unique because it's a good, straight in your face album but not something you want to put on for a listen too often. Such bands' names pop up in my head while I'm listening to "Crucify The Priest", like Slayer, Morbid Angel, Crowbar, .. etc. There are some better, some kind of outstanding tracks like the opening "Smoke Screen" and the following "Idle Distinction". These are more brutal sounding, dark songs with simple but enjoyable killer guitar riffs. I really liked the power of the rolling drums and the sound of the guitar in the first minute of "Zero Tolerance", just like the tight tempos in "Last Rites" or the energy of "Inner Hell". We should also mention the last song "Stained In Blood". It's more modern sounding than the rest of the album and it shows what this band would be really capable of. An album filled with songs like this could bring bigger attention to the band.

This album is a strong debut record, and I'm curious what they will come up next with, but Im not going to listen to this album too often.

submitted by Katalin 13.02.2003

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