|Review: Kill - Burning Blood|
Label: Black Seed Productions
Year released: 2012
Review online: January 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)
This is a Swedish band who have been around for almost fifteen years, cranking out four albums, as well as an EP, a split, a compilation and a live album - they are not n00bs, in other words. I was expecting more glossy, generic Death/Black tediousness, especially seeing this band is from Gothenburg. Instead I get this hammering album of old-fashioned murderousness that steers unashamedly by the stars of Venom, Hellhammer, and Under the Sign of the Black Mark.
Okay, so this isn't quite as awesome as all that, but it is completely refreshing to hear a band that remembers this is supposed to be about slashing riffs, rampant heaviness, and hatred. I initially thought Kill has a bland name, but after hearing their music I realized it was more a statement of purpose. This is stuff that makes you snarl, clench your fists, and yearn for violence. Songs like "Nails of Cursed Steel" successfully combine proto-Death heaviness with primitive Black melodic shredding riffs to recreate that Deathcrush vibe so rarely done properly. If you like your extreme metal protean and crude, yet still with a modern gloss to the recording and feral energy to spare, you could do far worse than this booted ass-whomper.
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