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Various Artists : Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Proudly Presents Blood Tracks II

As the observant reader must already have noticed, most of what is on this compilation isn't doom metal. In fact there is only one doom track on the whole CD: 'Dungeon Of Doom' by the band Castle Of Pain. However, this band only made one small release besides what was put on compilations. It was a CD single containing only this very track. After that, the band vanished. A pity as this doom/thrash rarity is a real masterpiece. Since I don't own the single and the track clearly deserves to be reviewed, I've instead decided to review it as a part of this promo compilation CD.

'Dungeon Of Doom' has a strong horror oriented sound with church bells, marching drums and a massive church organ. It's got everything I wanted from the two worlds it belongs to. It's got the slow heaviness of a traditional doom band, but it's also got the anger and a thrash band's affection for violent body movements. As appropriate for a masterpiece of these subgenres it's been topped with stunning riffage. Needless to say, it surpasses the remaining lot on the promo. The big names found here, like Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura and Deicide, doesn't even stand a chance. Well, not in my ears at least.

The promo compilation came for free along with the magazine Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles #28, the February edition from 1999. The magazine focuses on everything from Bon Jovi to extreme grindcore. Amongst this I found little of interest to the doom community. There is a very short interview with The Gathering in relation to their (at that point in time) latest album: 'How To Measure A Planet?'. They also review this release later on. Three paragraphs on Black Sabbath who, due to Iommi getting the flu (and rumors of a hip injury), postponed some of the dates on their Reunion tour. There's two lines on Anathema beginning work on a new album and recruiting a few new members. Amongst the even more minute notices you'll find that both Pantera and Neurosis made
Black Sabbath covers, Cathedral's 'Caravan Beyond Reemption' and My Dying Bride's '34,788% Complete' were both re-released in Japan with bonus tracks, Morgion and Paradise Lost were soon to release a new album each, former Black Sabbath frontman Tony Martin was working on a project called The Cage, Tommi Iommi were supposed to start recording a solo album, and you'll find a one sentence long review/praise of Dolorian's 'When All The Laughter Has Gone'. However, the only information that I found of value in this magazine was the little notice about Castle Of Pain. There it says that 'Dungeon Of Doom' was to feature on their forthcoming release 'No Pain, No Gain'. Unfortunately this release never saw the light of day.

My verdict is that as a magazine, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles had a few nice traits such as a rich news section that cover a broad specter. [edit by author: It's important to point out that the magazine kept on going for another ten years and the format may for all I know have improved since then.] It's also got a fair coverage of doom related stuff, even if it mostly just scratches the surface of the most popular bands. Both the promo compilation and the magazine have their target amongst those who like very diverse rock, core and metal without minding the extremes or the mainstreamers. As a doom metal source it's far from satisfactory, but then I doubt they ever intended to be. However, if you get hold of the promo compilation then I can recommend doing so if you're interested in one of the best doom/trash mixtures thus far made.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Dimmu Borgir:
1. Behind The Curtains Of Night - Phantasmagoria
Flotsam And Jetsam:
2. Dream Scrape
Casual Damage:
3. Sanctuary's Flight
Grip Inc.:
4. Challenge
Castle Of Pain:
5. Dungeon Of Doom
Bad Blood:
6. Amplify
7. Vertigo
8. Serpents Of The Light
9. Oh Yeah
Withered Earth:
10. Colossus Nebula
11. Against
12. Y2K
13. Sweet lOve
14. Standing In Line
Porno Coma:
15. Black Lungs (Georges)
Memory Garden:
16. Wasteland Foretold
17. Left In Limbo
Yeah Right:
18. Chemical Reaction

Duration : Approx. 70 minutes.

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Reviewed on 24-06-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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