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Review: Virulent Blessing - As Creativity Turns Into Lunacy
Virulent Blessing
As Creativity Turns Into Lunacy

Label: Soulflesh Collector Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 31:43
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: December 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

In the first couple of seconds, I thought this would be another gore-Death band with ultra-guttural vocals, but it didn't take long before this shaped up as a pretty interesting Death Metal album - or Experimental Death Metal, as the band's Myspace page describes them.  Mixed with some pretty fast take-no-prisoner Death Metal are some more "mellow", sometimes mythical-sounding passages that are spread all throughout the album.  Somewhat technical, but not in a "wankery" way, the band seamlessly goes from brutally fast Death Metal to very melodic, dark and mysterious sounds, and back again - when both aren't simply played in unison.  The vocals are guttural, very much so in fact, and somehow fit this crazy musical mix very well.  This kind of atmospheric mix is usually seen more in Black Metal, but Virulent Blessing have done an admirable job blending it with Death Metal here.  It's a bit on the short side for a full length, but there's no filler or any crap like that, so this just sounds and feels almost perfect as is.  More often than not, I get quickly get bored of anything experimental, but this album is downright addictive.

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