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   FACEBREAKER
Bloodred Hell
2004
Rage Of Achilles
http://www.facebreaker.com


rating: 3,5/5

1. The Demon
2. Cursed
3. Human Spoil
4. Command Of The Dark
5. Hater
6. Total Wasteland
7. Bloodred Hell
8. Crushed
9. Hell Is Coming Closer
10. Bringer Of Death
11. Bleed

"Welcome to hell!" This is how Facebreaker invite their listeners to their "Bloodred Hell". And looking at the bloodred cover and the songtitles, you can already start guessing that this must be death metal. The website content is still waiting to be online and the info sheet that came with the promo doesn't contain all too many useful information about the band either. Still, Facebreaker were formed at the end of 2001 by former Edge Of Sanity vocalist Robert Karlsson and so yes, we're talking yet another Swedish death metal band here.

Facebreaker claim to be influenced by early Entombed, Dismember, Grave and Carnage. I'd even throw in the name Cannibal Corpse. I also believe they've heard of God Dethroned (listen to the opening track "The Demon" and tell me if it also reminds you of God Dethroned's "Soul Sweeper"). But certainly the guys don't only listen to death metal in their spare time as there are also influences from thrash metal and even hardcore in the mix. The mixture isn't new and neither is the sound - in fact, "Bloodred Hell" sounds quite old school even though you cannot ignore Facebreaker tried to give their songs a modern feel as well. "Buzzsaw butchery for a modern age" is how the label calls this effort. That imo evokes the feeling of "Bloodred Hell" being totally brutal death metal - which it isn't. Yes, it's quite raw and I wouldn't classify it as the typical Swedish melodic death metal but there's still enough melody in it.

Having said all that, there's of course a certain variety of songs and with "Total Wasteland" Facebreaker even seem to pay tribute to punk. But in the end, "Bloodred Hell" sometimes sounds a little too monotonous to my ears which is not the best sign considering that the album only lasts for 36 minutes. On the other hand, it's fun to listen to and quite entertaining. I would be pleased to see these guys live on stage anytime soon performing the titletrack. The chorus simply is catchy as hell (hehe) and should make a few people shout along "BLOODRED HELL!".

submitted by Cora 28.02.2004

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