|Review: Blood Money - One Nation Under Hate|
|One Nation Under Hate|
Year released: 2008
Review online: December 9, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:One Nation Under Hate
"Blood Money" sure is a popular name lately... Here we have the band name, Guillotine have the album, and Criminal Element have the song! Weird. Anyway, this Blood Money here is a Death/Thrash band presenting a second full-length after last year's To the Chained. I hear more Death than Thrash on this, and it's overall a very mid-paced affair, yet quite aggressive and "in our face" in terms of beat - sometimes it feels like a machine gun is shooting at you in short bursts. There's a bit of hardcore-ish influences that can be heard here, but it works well overall, although the vocal work kind of ruined the experience for me - the more Thrash-meet-guttural vocals are fine overall, but there's also a good dose of screaming that doesn't really fit with the music - the kind of thing that makes you wince every time you hear it. The music conveys a dark, negative and aggressive atmosphere mostly provided by short, sharp riffs and the aggressive harsh vocals - it's not particularly heavy, but still feels like it's pinned you down and giving you a beating. The band still managed to subtly throw in a few more melodic passages that you can easily miss if not paying attention. Nothing particularly original, and the vocals may throw off a few people, but this is pretty decent stuff.
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