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Review: Bloodkill - Throne of Control
Throne of Control

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 33:35
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 27, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Throne of Control

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Bloodkill are a relatively new band from Mumbai, India and Throne of Control is their debut album. If the font used for the band's name wasn't enough of a clue, the vaguely Repka-esque artwork should have confirmed that Bloodkill is a thrash band. The vocals are a dry, harsh scream, not that far removed from Pantera, and I find they start to get on my nerves after a while as they don't vary much. I won't say they are bad, just not my cup of tea. Musically, on the other hand, Bloodkill can rip through a riff at top speed but also slow things down and add a bit of echo which gives songs like "Unite and Conquer" and, my favorite track, "Throne of Control," quite a bit of atmosphere that you don't typically get in thrash (I also like how the vocalist dials it down a bit on this song). The overall sound Bloodkill have achieved is surprisingly spacious considering thrash is typically more in your face and I love that the drums don't have the same old triggered sound so common in this genre.

The vocals may not do much for me, but I find myself coming back for the guitars and atmosphere on Throne of Control because Bloodkill are actively trying to develop a distinctive sound. This is a promising debut.

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