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Review: Gory Blister - Art Bleeds
Gory Blister
Art Bleeds

Label: Sekhmet Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 29:21
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 15, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Art Bleeds

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Whoa, do these guys have the worst band name in the world or what? OK, so they're Italian so there was probably a language barrier that came into play somewhere along the line, but Gory Blister? Hell, they may've well gone and called themselves Scabby Elbow or something. Anyway, I digress before I've even started. Gory Blister actually started out in the early nineties, but didn't actually get around to releasing this, their debut full length, until 1999.

Well, how do I go about describing their sound? Death circa 'The Sound of Perseverance'. I could end the review here really, as that says it all. There's a lot to be said for bands who emulate their idols so well that they could easily be mistaken for them, but luckily with Gory Blister (man, still can't get over that name after all these years of having this in my collection…) it's a positive response upon listening, and seeing as I checked them out in the first place after hearing they sounded like Death, I shouldn't really dwell on that too much, although I wasn't expecting them to sound EXACTLY the same, even down to having the same production. So, progressive death metal is the dish of the day on offer here, and it's of a good quality, with speedy riffs using single string note progressions in the main, backed up with a few crushing chords here and there to top off the sound. The bass is nicely DiGiorgio-esque (or should I say Clendenin-esque, as he played on the aforementioned Death album which is so perfectly emulated here), twanging, flapping and boinging in all the right places, and the vocals sound like… well yeah they sound just like Chuck Schuldiner did on that album too. Surprise!

Need I go on? Thought not. It's a no brainer that if you adore late period Death, you'll love this album. But seeing as a lot of people thought Evil Chuck had gone one step too far with that album, it may have limited appeal to the general death metal fan out there.

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