Bludgeon's soph release World Controlled has a lot to offer, as far as music is concerned. Lyrically, the boys are stuck, unable to do anything but cravenly recycle clichéd themes.
In the 'trite death metal sentiments' hall of fame, the songs on this album are already better represented by other bands in this genre; there are absolutely no new ideas on here lyrically. There is not anything even remotely novel, like a thoughtful introspection on life as a sociopath, f'rinstance. Why didn't they spend some time thinking about what the rotting flesh would actually smell/taste/ feel like, THAT would be a song! Bludgeon is almost like a plastic product for the death metal market, slick & poised to catch hold of kids who aren't especially interested in content, who seek their mental challenges elsewhere. I wonder if they wrote these lyrics after the results from some MTV- sponsored poll came in?
Ya gotcher songs about killing & mutilating people for fun & profit, just like every other death metal band. Ya gotcher songs about mundane spookiness & ambulatory corpses, eeek! That?s completely original, eh? Ya gotcher songs about how pointless & empty life is, written from their Jacuzzi, one would assume. Ya gotcher bland & generic "angry songs", about nothing in particular. Oooh, it's fun to be furious! The guys better watch out or Hallmark Card Co. might soon be hiring them to write for their new line of "Go F*** Yourself, I Quit!" greeting cards, due out this fall. Ho hum, where was I? Sorry, must have fallen asleep typing that last bit. I've never actually read death metal lyrics that bored me before. Creeped me out, disgusted me, shocked me, that's acceptable. But put me to sleep? C'mon!
Self contradiction & copious quantities of hypocrisy run amok on here from song to song, it's almost funny. If I were still the ambitious young pre-law kid I used to be 127 years ago, I'd list dozens of examples, but I just don't have the energy anymore like I used to. I'm just tired & getting mellow in my old age, I guess. For the sake of irony, I'll mention my favorite example, one of their songs orders everyone else to "break out of the mold". Too bad they feel cozy right where they are. Ok, one more. The song "Out of Reach" really deserves a line by line exegesis, exploring the theme, 'do as i say, not as i do'. If only I were a better reviewer, mebbe then it'd get done.
Oh well, I don't want my editor to get hate mail from Bludgeon like poor Zane got from Glasspine! So here comes some fluffy filler for the press kit! Didja know Man o' War's Joey DeMaio signed them up to be the very first band ever on his shiny new record label! Wow, I can't wait to see what other really clever, original, intellectual bands he signs to release stuff outta there, huh?!?!
Again, really the music is great, if only I were a clever enough monkey to figure out how to erase the vocal track, this would be a 5 star (well, at least 4 anyway) release. I just can't bring myself to give them more than 2.