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Miles Keylock Live in Cape Town During the past two years close on 200 South African “rock” bands released CDs. Pretty staggering figures when you pause to think about it. What is perhaps more astonishing, is that not even 10% of these bands are heavy metal bands. And...
Autumn Wilderness Tour Europe with In the Woods, Katatonia and Voice Of Destruction. The venue was minute ! Popular bands like Life Of Agony etc. have played there – unbelievable. We pulled another V.O.D Seated Gig, as the attendance wasn’t as hot as we’d hoped. There...
Autumn Wilderness Tour Europe with In the Woods, Katatonia and Voice Of Destruction. Our favourite territory. Yes !! We’re back ! Loads of food, whiskey, vodka etc. Total party ! Excellent gig, place packed. Partied hard and acted completely scandalous. Ha-Ha ! Olaf...
So...that's why there's only 2000 copies... - 30%
This very hard to find four song EP from Voice Of Destruction showcases some talent, but also presents a really poor execution. or in the case of the last track, “Jou Ma Se Poes”, a demo track. Given the band released only demos and was involved with a split release, one would imagine they would bring out some fresh material due to being on a bigger label, even if this was limited to 2,000 copies. But, instead, it looks like this was aimed at the die hard Voice Of Destruction fan.
“If I Had A Soul (Part 1)” is a well performed track, but definitely leaves a lot to be desired. The song goes from a slow pace to a faster pace right at the end, and then reverts to the ambiant noise that started the song. However, this songs winds up pale in comparison to “If I Had A Soul (Part II)”, which is the only really entertaining track on this release. While the flow of the music is similar to “If I Had A Soul (Part I)”, it’s not filled with ambiant noise that has no point of being there in the first place.
“Needledive” has some decent music, but really just sounds like the vocalist was singing into a microphone made of tin foil, as well as has a terrible production quality. The only other decent song on this release would be the demo track, “Jou Ma Se Poes”, which is the only fast cut off the EP. If the band were to stick to the kind of material as the last two songs, just witha better production element, the EP would have been rather entertaining. Instead, it’s rather boring, and only worth the time to find it for the collector’s value (if anyone even wants it), and one, possibly two songs, which you can probably obtain for a cheaper price on-line in some digital store.
Very original metal band from South Africa - 89%
“Bloedrivier” is a very strange album, mixing many different styles and musical directions, not unlike Hypocrisy’s “Abducted” album. I didn’t listen to the band’s demos, which -as long as I know- were in hardcore vein. In this album the band represents their hardcore roots but at the same time, moves into a more metal direction.
The album can be divided into two parts. The songs 1-7 represent the main part of this album and they have the same direction, some kind of mixture of melodic heavy metal, doom metal and death/thrash metal. The rest of the songs are more rooted in Hardcore and altogether they have a quite different sound.
The first part of the album starts with the instrumental title track which serves as an intro to the album. After a doomy guitar interlude, the drums and bass join and the thing turns into a thrashy instrumental. “Doom” is also in this vein, with tons of catchy guitar melodies which add quite an emotional atmosphere to the music. The vocals are quite harsh, not the typical death grunts. One important thing to note here is the use of bass guitar. Imagine Steve Harris playing bass for a thrash or death metal band, in his Piece Of Mind and The Number Of The Beast way. This is some excellent playing and adds a lot to the power of their sound. Next in line we have the speed metal monster “A Beast Is Born” which also gives way to a doomy breakdown part. “Religion” is a strange “heavy metal meets doom metal” type of ballad which is amazingly emotional and melancholic. The highlight of the first part though, is “If I Had A Soul Part 3”. This is the doomiest song of the album, with a slow tempo, very simple but effective melodies and again a killer use of bass guitar. Absolutely amazing.
The next part has 3 “real” songs. “J.M.S.P.” sounds like old Napalm Death. “Goodbye” is some melodic hardcore. Both of these songs sound like they were recorded in a different studio in a different time and compared to the rest of the album they are a bit weak. The album closer “Needledive” though, is a very melodic & catchy tune which ties the things to the first part of the album.
There’s also 2 hidden live tracks at the end of the CD. They are both your basic death/core tunes, with a poor sound, so nothing to write home about there.
Overall, “Bloedrivier” is a unique, highly enjoyable and overall catchy album which most of the time delves into the melancholic side of emotions. Highly recommended if you like Iron Maiden, My Dying Bride and Suicidal Tendencies equally.