Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Bloodshed - Inhabitants of Dis

BLOODSHED - Inhabitants of Dis (CODE666 - CD 2002)
Now I have a pleasure to bring forth from the past an incredibly killer album of quite unknown band; a band, which I think have never gained the deserved attention and whose recordings have unfortunately passed by without much attention. And it is a shame, because I know that Bloodshed was great band and the music, which they served on "Inhabitants of Dis" and "Bloodshed" EP - these are the only two recordings of the band, which I know - was just special. And even if there were more than 15 bands called Bloodshed, this one was defintiely the best of all. Personally I was introduced to this band, when their old record label CODE666 has sent me a promotional copy of "Inhabitants of Dis" to review. And I was so blown away by the music, its high quality, atmosphere... and also by the fact that something so brilliant came out from such an unknown band! Arrghh, that was it! Perfect sounds for me. I even immediately did an interview with Bloodshed...
But that was ten years ago and since then I am afraid I lost the band from my sight. All I know is that later on Bloodshed recorded and selfreleased their second album "Stale Cold Cell Recital", but soon afterwards split up. And some guys have formed new band called Rev 16:8, which I think is little bit more known among the maniacs nowadays. But I feel disappointed that Bloodshed has split up so soon and that I will probably never have a chance to hear their second album... Anyway, I come back to "Inhabitants of Dis" frequently and maybe now it is time to write my second review of this album and maybe recommend it again to people. Because, you can trust me, whenever you see this CD somewhere available for purchase, buy it quickly. You won't regret that!
Now, what's so special about "Inhabitants of Dis", some will ask? Well, just give a listen... It is perfectly composed, performed and recorded album, with just truly brilliant songs. When you listen to it for the first time you already know it is just excellent and more so, personally I was amazed how catchy and memorable this album is, but at the same time it is aggressive and harsh and more so, it also has great dark atmosphere. And it is also incredibly diverse, so basically everytyhing about this CD is just top notch! That diversity comes with the brilliant mixing of death and black metal playing and atmospheres, and I think Bloodshed did some of the best mixtures of these two styles, which I have ever heard. And more so, they got just killer production, thanks to the famous Tomas Skogsberg and his Sunlight Studio (but interestingly it doesn't have that typical Sunlight sound at all!).
"Inhabitants of Dis" starts with a Big Bang! First song titled "Death by Hanging" is just incredibly killer black metal tune, with very specific riffing. And that riffing plus the atmosphere of the song reminds me strongly one of my favourite bands ever, the Norwegian Thorns. Already this fact is something what I would never expect, but welcome it with great pleasure, as - believe me or not - the result is just incredibly awesome. Great, catchy and memorable riffing, played at mid and utterly fast speed, harsh vocals, grim atmosphere... Yeah, this is it! But then the second song "Mark of the Cursed" blows out from the speakers, delivering increased speed, truly furious and relentless playing and is a pure death / black metal devastation! In such fast parts Bloodshed reminds me such God Dethroned from one hand - also because the vocals remind me Henri Sattler - but from the second hand there is a lot in common with Immortal, Necrophobic and even Marduk and Swedish black metal scene in general. With two calm, acoustic moments, which will give you a time to take a breath, the rest of the material is a damn blast. Every song has something special and it always is just perfectly composed and performed. I truly love every aspect of this album. The riffs are just brilliant, the vocals as well... and I love how intense, furious and fast "Inhabitants of Dis" is, but I like the slower parts as well, so it is great ferocious, aggressive and insanely memorable music...
Urrghhhh... EVery time when I listen to "Inhabitants of Dis" I have a great neck ache and feel like my head was about to fall off, as with such an intense music you must behave properly - I mean you must bang your head and mosh like crazy. And I just can't understand how did it happen that something so brilliant is so unknown! Anyway, I truly recommend "Inhabitants of Dis"; this is one of the best albums released in the early 00's! This is one of those records, which you see in some catalogues and think "uhh, never heard of this band before, so it probably is nothing good". But trust me, this is just bloody excellent, so next time you see "Inhabitants of Dis" in a distro or wherever, buy it!!! This band is unknown, but they don't sound like newcomers.
Standout tracks: "Death by Hanging", "Mark of the Cursed", "Dark Trace", "Kiss of Cruelty"
Final rate: 95/100

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