Bloodshot - Murder the World Review
by Matt Hensch
Promise can shine through the dullest of doors, the dirtiest of slums, and perhaps the definition of opaque itself given the right circumstances. "Murder the World" is the third album from Belgium's Bloodshot, a death metal/hardcore band that sounds like musical sluttiness among the extreme side of cacophony. Bloodshot essentially takes the grotesque groove from Six Feet Under, the undedicated aggression of Hatebreed, and some speed akin to Agnostic Front that, in a roundabout way, finds itself face-to-face with overt metalcore influences. Questioning whether or not this rabid dog bites more than it barks crumbles between Bloodshot's mundane attempt to sway multiple sounds into one clustered mess when all is said and done, and kind of answers itself. And to be honest, Bloodshot shows so much promise that I almost want to give them a glowing review based on their energy and eagerness to prevail, but that isn't the nature of this beast: sometimes, effort just doesn't cut it.
Now I have a stern belief that something with a "core" label can be done right, but too many groups screw it up because mirroring the flavor of the week seems to be the first thing on the agenda for most; Bloodshot are no exception. The group basically churns out generic death metal ala Torture Killer with breakdowns and the occasional old-school hardcore riff akin to The Great Deceiver or Agnostic Front given light every now and then, but sadly, that's it, and it's as uninteresting as it sounds. All the tracks are highly unmemorable, plus the baneful lack of variety doesn't help paint the picture any brighter. There are twelve songs throughout the album, and not one deviates from the trite textures that define Bloodshot, but you know, why write decent, intelligent music when you can punch imaginary people with THE POWER OF BREAKDOWNS????
I'll say there are some good moments here and there, although it is difficult to shake Bloodshot's dire routine completely. Every now and then, something nameless and magical will happen and this group suddenly flows with unmatched energy; they stop mirroring a good band and morph into one! The driving attitude is what gives "Murder the World" a fighting chance against the odds: In fact, there are numerous instances when "Murder the World" covers itself in neck-bobbing riffs and pretty enjoyable grooves; however, it's the band's other gimmicks that end up driving this record into redundancy and ultimately absolute irritation.
I'm trying to create some wild witticism or jolly proverb to sum up how I feel about this album, but the mind is running dry so I'll just put it bluntly: this is not good. "Murder the World" is just a total wreck as every identity and functionality Bloodshot represents is crushed beneath basic endeavors and execution of the poorest kind, even though I am a little sold on their occasional power surge, however. Still, "Murder the World" is not an enjoyable release, but even the most skeptical part of me can't say Bloodshot are a horrible band; they just have to make some vital tweaks before their clunking device truly becomes a killing machine.
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