BLOOD - Dysangelium

Blood - Dysangelium

21 songs
39:11 minutes
***** *


Can you spell old school? B.L.O.O.D. These German grindsters have been around for nearly 20 years now, and Dysangelium might be something of an anniversary for them. If I can still count correctly, this is already their 25th release (including demo tapes and vinyl EPs of course). And listening to the 21 songs of their new album, one thing is for sure: progress is something you will never get with Blood. Their grind core is extremely primitive, the production is very basic, and although the musicians' skills have improved over the years, they do their best to hide is as good as they can within song structures that are mostly very fast-paced, although from time to time there's some speed change when they switch to more death metal sounding parts or the occasional female vocals.

The question is: who needs bands like Blood these days? And the answer is quite easy: old school grind core bands still have a huge fan-base, and in times where cult icons like Napalm Death and Extreme Noise Terror play a kind of high tech grind with lots of gadgets, it's nice to know that there are still bands around who stick to what originated the scene in the first place.

True, Dysangelium is probably not a classic, and it's also for me not too easy to listen to it in one take, but it is a sincere piece of music created by people who still believe in the roots of their genre. 6 points!

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