Indulge me for a moment if you will. Imagine walking through a house, there are bodies strewn everywhere and stacked to the ceiling, blood is dripping from the walls. You look around the house you see nothing but mutilated bodies. You hear a faint sound coming from within the house and soon you realize that sound is the punishing onslaught of Bloodstrike and quickly you realize your fate is sealed. The soundtrack to your timely death is Bloodstrike. They hail from Denver, Colorado and In Death We Rot is their debut full length that offers up gruesome death metal. Mix old school Swedish death metal with the old school American death metal in a blender and Bloodstrike is what you should get. Bloodstrike is raw and pure. The brand of death metal that they play is visceral and as heavy as a sledge hammer smashing your face in. They’re out for blood and to add you to their ever growing collection of cadavers.
Through these eleven songs on this putrid debut your tender flesh gets pummeled and punished by their ripping brand of death metal. The Swedish old school death metal elements add groove to this particularly gruesome onslaught and the American old school adds even more raw pulpy noise to the mix.
If a band were able to resurrect the dead and start a furious fetid zombie mosh pit Bloodstrike would probably be able to accomplish such a feat. Other than slaying everything in their path, resurrecting the old school sound seems to be the secondary objective. Without recycling riffs or sounding like copycats of any sort, Bloodstrike are all original.
The massacre begins with a song titled Abomination and from that point forward Bloodstrike really don’t let up one bit. Every song that is present here will get your lifeless corpse up and moving within a matter of minutes and each song sports a fairly sizable run time giving the band more time to rip and tear at your flesh.
There really are no fillers here at all as each song seems to melt into the next carrying over the ripping madness of one song into the next. In Death We Rot works as a cohesive unit making the music that much more punishing, and without those breaks in between songs your neck is surely to be sore after a listen.
Bloodstrike ladle up bleedingly raw riff after riff, pounding drum rhythms, and a tomb cracking bass as well as devilish vocals. The riffs supply a healthy dosing of groove as well as an equally healthy dose of destruction. With the putrid vocals that waft over the music like the stench of death, Bloodstrike produce a heavy unfiltered sound that is able to exhume the deceased.
With obvious odes to the old, Bloodstrike keep the sound alive. Even the hellish figure on the cover sports Black Sabbath and Grave patches on his jacket. In Death We Rot is an anthem for the sickest of death metal minds who are searching for something that is brutal and is just overall neck snapping goodness. Bloodstrike supply the goods here on their debut and overall it is a fun as well as a ripping sickening album that makes you headbang whether you have a head or not.
In Death We Rot comes out on September 25th on Redefining Darkness Records.