After being founded in 2011 in Mexico where senseless violence runs rampant, Bloodlash decided to create music with a harsh edge but not to spread more violence and hate, but to create music as an outlet and to have a voice. Rain is Bloodlash’s new EP which features four songs of experimental or progressive metal or whichever tag you wish to put them under. No matter which tag they fall under there is no denying that this four track EP is well crafted and the musicianship is spot on.
Rain can be a calm EP at times and at others it can be a galloping storm of heavy crunching riffs and powerful vocals. Bloodlash almost provides a kind of Yin and Yang feeling to their music. They kick the pace up a notch supplying romping riffs and harsher vocals, but on the other side of things Bloodlash knows how to slow the pace and create a more mellow tone.
The balance between the two styles and sounds is important. It gives Bloodlash the freedom to play around with their music more and experiment with what works and what doesn’t, and it gives them a canvas to create something that is entirely their own. Even with a small sample size of four songs, Bloodlash hits the nail on the head pairing softer melodies with harsher sounds giving the listener more to bite off and chew.
Rain has many layers to it which creates a unique sound as well as a unique soundscape. Riffs vary between a softer more palatable style to a heavier rolling romp that emits something close to death metal. There is a heavy bass that gallops along side of the acrobatic guitar play which pairs well with somersaulting drums. The drum rhythms as well as the guitar riffs are as intricate as they are powerful. On top of the crafty musicianship the vocalist switches between clean vocals and a death metal style growl that rivals a lot of death metal behemoths.
Rain is an EP that is easy to absorb and yet there are many layers to it. The EP is varied and diverse giving the listener plenty of soundscapes to explore with only four songs. It is headbanging as well as soulful, and Rain is an intriguing and great listen.
Rain is out today through Inverse Records!