BLUDGEON - Crucify The Priest

Bludgeon - Crucify The Priest

12 songs
40:15 minutes
***** ***
Metal Blade

Bludgeon are the first band to be signed on Manowar's Magic Circle record label, and also the first band (besides Manowar) to have been produced by Joey De Maio. Don't expect epic heavy metal you might be accustomed to from the first Manowar records, because Bludgeon are way more basic.

You can call their style bluntly thrash metal. There's a fierce energy pervading the entire album, the vocals sound very threatening, and the music is played "as tight as a nun's cunt" (to quote Mr De Maio himself). With their no holds barred attitude, Bludgeon have no room for technical finesse. Where thrash bands in the early Nineties often had songs dragging for nearly 10 minutes, Bludgeon go the easier path of more compact songs... nearly half their songs don't even pass the 3-minute mark.

The songs are mostly kept upper mid-tempo, with lots of fast drumming, and very dry guitar work that makes you think of bands like Exhorder or also Pantera.

To underline the band's determination, it has to be said that one of the musicians had his own home dismantled and rearranged as the recording studio, so that they could record the album at their own pace.

Crucify The Priest is certainly not a classic, and there are no songs that deserve special mentioning, but my respect goes out to Bludgeon for making an album that is so out of style with the current hypes and that just is what it is: thrash as fuck!

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