Bloodiest are an experimental metal ensemble that features members of bands like YOB, Corrections House, Yakuza and Minsk. This self-titled second record stretches out its compositions with thick, droning guitar wails as well as the hammering riffs and anguished vocals. Released on CD or blood red vinyl, on the Relapse label.
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Credit to Bloodiest for constraining the doom to just two sides of wax: sometimes this music needs compact space in which to find its inner chaotic self, and this record is, due to its shorter playtime, grumbling with catharsis. Going towards the dirtier end of doom in the vocals (Bell Witch style) and the prettier end with the riffs (think the post-rock juxtapositions of sludge by Thou), this record wanes its way into anything from brief grindy breakdowns to gorgeous vocal codas, bringing to mind the ernest grandiosity last procured by Inter Arma’s metal epic poem ‘The Cavern’.
What boring critical praise to give, I know, but: it’s the pacing on this record that moves me. Bloodiest’s songs don’t feel oversaturated, nor underdeveloped -- they arrive precisely when they mean to, moving between one another with the fluidity of a Godspeed record. The chilling riff that opens up the record’s second track sleuths from a descending outro, picking up some of the prettier loose ends of its previous track with strings amidst the low end. This chunky slab of tearjerkery is the kind of doom I like: there’s someone amongst the hate hoping you're feeling fine.
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