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The Bloody Earth : Inevitable

After a near 20-year hiatus, Serbian Death/Doom band The Bloody Earth return with a solid, atmospheric release.

This is The Bloody Earth's first full-length release for over twenty years. I'm sure there is a perfectly good reason for that (I'm fairly sure I read that the band split up for most of that time!) but the childish/immature side of me suggests that with such a long time taken to record it, 'Inevitable' better be good!

The first thing that struck me about this release was that it had a real 90's vibe to it, which I am a fan of. There's a very evident My Dying Bride influence to this music with the riffs used (more 'The Angel And The Dark River' and 'Like Gods Of The Sun') and the atmosphere created. I wouldn't call The Bloody Earth a carbon copy though - they're a bit too steadfast in their intention of doing things their own way so fair play to them. For example, the growled vocals are certainly deeper than My Dying Bride, generally speaking. Still, it's not a bad band to pick up a few tips and tricks from!

Generally speaking, I really enjoyed this album. There's a real precision about each song structure in the sense that nothing feels rushed or overkilled. The Bloody Earth use keyboards well to keep the music dramatic and crushing riffs to maintain the power. I love how atmospheric each individual track is, and although there's just a touch of repetition earlier in the album, it's nowhere near enough for me to be bothered. The production seems good to me too, so I really don't have much to crib about here, which makes a lovely change!

Again, I can't deny that The Bloody Earth have sung a few hymns from the My Dying Bride bible but they've done it in their own way. You won't find too much in the way of up-tempo Death Metal bursts but there are more than My Dying Bride tended to go near, at least toward the end of the '90s. Additionally, you will find plenty of slower passages, some of which are purely acoustic, and you'll find a lot of keyboard-driven magnificence. I like how The Bloody Earth always seek to keep things interesting and varied on their tracks (e.g. sporadically using samples, rainfall in the background, juxtaposition between styles), which they mostly accomplish. Indeed, they even go a little Mourning Beloveth toward the end of the album as the songs become that bit more aggressive. 'Inevitable' really is a very interesting and varied release to me.

Bluntly put, if you're a fan of '90s Death/Doom, then you should find something to enjoy in this release. I liked all of it a lot.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Thee, Who Wakes Me Unknown
2. Promethean Punishment
3. I Dwell Alone
4. Thou Devour The Sea 5. When Faith Is Kneeling
6. I Am Doom

Duration : Approx. 58 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-06-02 by Ian Morrissey
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