Turbocharged / Ragehammer: Enlightenment by Bloodletting

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Enlightenment by Bloodletting is the split between Turbocharged and Ragehammer and it only features two songs, but within those two songs you get ripping and tearing blackened thrashing death metal. As much of a mouthful as that is-and whatever you would like to categorize it as-Enlightenment by Bloodletting is a handful as well. For there being only two songs on this split, you get more than your fair share of high speed headbang inducing metal.

Turbocharged and Ragehammer both play similar styles of course, and each of those styles are entirely chaotic and thrashing metal. Once you begin to listen you get caught in a violent mosh pit that doesn’t end until the music does. With all of the genres that are warped together between these two fiendish bands, the music never gets out of hand and it never flies off the rails.

The first band to step up to the sacrificing altar is Turbocharged with their song Bloodletting. The song begins with a sinister riff, then quickly plunges into hell with chaotic fury. Bloodletting is a writhing song that chops and hacks at you with a feverish thrashing rage. This fuel injected song by Turbocharged is quick and gut checks you at any chance that it gets. It is darkened thrash goodness that is supplemented by bouncing and sharp riffs, solid drumming, an ever present bass that slaps you across the face and vocals that are ripping and yet audible and easy to understand. Bloodletting is memorable in a lot of ways, but the most memorable part of the song is when you get to scream at the top of your bleeding lungs “Bleed out / bleed out for Jesus!” over and over again with the vocalist.

PanzerFaustian Enlightenment is the second song to shoot out of the caves of hell. Ragehammer is exactly as their name states they are. With their song PanzerFaustian Enlightenment they do in fact hammer away at your well being and don’t let up for nearly four minutes. This song is also quick to start as it hits you with a barrage of sinister riffs, thick bass lines, solid and tumultuous drumming and vocals that transition between a more traditional raspy black metal vocal and a lower growl that leans toward the death metal side of the spectrum. This song-much like the last-is a head caving endeavour as well.

Both songs are ripping and give you more than enough incentive to headbang and start a ritual right in the middle of the street. Turbocharged and Ragehammer are blackened in the right areas, thrashing in others, and full fledged death metal when needed to be as well. Overall, this split is an entertaining one and even though it is only two songs deep it can and will tear you apart.

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