With Blood Comes Cleansing
Horror


3.0
good

Review

by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF
January 21st, 2008 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Power of Growl compels you.

If “Christian metal” and “Christian hardcore” have always been a bit of an ambiguous label, with many bands torn on whether to emphasise or de-emphasise their faith, Victory Records debutantes With Blood Comes Cleansing leave no room for interpretation. The lyrics to their second full-length Horror, posted in full on their MySpace profile weeks before the album’s official release replete with scriptural directions, deal explicitly and unambiguously with Christ’s holy sacrifice.

Fans are invited to study the words and sing along at live performances. They’ll have no shortage of opportunities to be sure- one of metal’s hardest working bands quite literally sweat blood to reach every corner of North America several times over- but one has to imagine singing along is a task that’s easier said than done. Frontman Dean Atkinson, taking over from Mike Sasser, who left shortly after the recording of Golgotha, tirelessly trades low guttural moans, high-pitched squeals and brutal hardcore chants with only the occasional melodic moment. And while his bestial growls occasionally tip the balance beyond the point of ridicule, his dynamic recycling of styles keeps his delivery fresh, even if it’s more often than not impossible to make out what he’s saying.

The twin-guitar (Jeremy Sims and Scott Erickson) and bass (Dennis Frazier) attack is as an important feature of the band’s sound, as the three eschew typical “heaviness” in favour of a combined sludge effect that echoes Atkinson’s doomy low-end. And while they cycle between droning Sabbath-esque effects, harmonised leads and thrash-infused horse-trot riffage, the main stylistic impetus behind the music is drummer Matt Fidler for it is he above all else who influences which style each track can be said to fit into. ‘Blood And Fire’ boasts throat-shredding death growls and harmonised riffing, but more than anything it’s a hardcore track, mainly as a result of Fidler’s furious 2/2 pounding, and this is acknowledged with two distinct breakdowns as the track progresses.

Yet for all their attempts to vary the sound, Horror just sounds a little too same-ish in parts. Although only thirty minutes long, over twelve tracks there are too few standout moments to warrant an over-the-top reaction. The lyrics are thoughtful, evocative and well-written, particularly when they shed light upon the human side of Christ on the cross, but they’re lamentably difficult to make out in real-time, and the task isn’t made an awful lot easier when presented with the lyrics in written form. If With Blood Comes Cleansing were able to pull together a few more tracks like the thrilling ‘Carnivorous Consumption’ (the longest track on the album at 3:41 and Matt Fidler’s most expressive performance), Horror might be worthy of a higher grade, but as is their Victory Records debut is merely a creditable update of the transcendence hinted at with Golgotha.

Full album stream: http://www.victorstream.com/



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2008


17945 Comments


Awesome.

Essence
January 21st 2008


3595 Comments


Good review man. Christian bands always make me laugh
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roofi
January 21st 2008


959 Comments


Quite possibly the best summary ever.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 21st 2008


7926 Comments


Just one thing: at the beginning of the review, you got emphasize with 2 s's

that's because that's how you spell emphasise.

Essence
January 21st 2008


3595 Comments


Indeed it is. Never-mind me, then.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 21st 2008


7926 Comments


You can spell it with a z too.
Anyways, I'm not too interested in this. Glad to see it reviewed, but the very reason I didn't want to do it was the fear that it would be too repetitive. I gathered that from one song, so I can't imagine the struggle of listening to this front to back, 30 minutes or not.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2008


2711 Comments


Brilliant summary and ace review. I streamed a couple tracks from their mySpace a couple days ago and ultimately decided that it's not my thing.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 21st 2008


7926 Comments


It's solid it's just standard stuff.

ReDIcE
January 22nd 2008


95 Comments


Great review, gonna check this album out soon.

Confessed2005
January 22nd 2008


3314 Comments


Nice review. I've heard of these guys but Victory bands tend to disappoint, unless they're called Darkest Hour or Between the Buried and Me.

rasputin
January 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


You can spell it with a z too.

Not in Australia!
Great review.

rasputin
January 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


Yeah I know, Australian English almost always uses an s. We took after the Brits. Same with 'colour' and 'favourite'.

beans
January 22nd 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review, this band is coming to my town with carnifex sometime soon and now i think ill check them out and give them a chance

Wizard
January 22nd 2008


19641 Comments


The lyrics to their second full-length Horror, posted in full on their MySpace profile weeks before the album’s official release replete with scriptural directions, deal explicitly and unambiguously with Christ’s holy sacrifice.

Fans are invited to study the words and sing along at live performances.

Sounds really fucking gay!
Great review. Nicely worded and well written. I might check this out as long as the lyrics aren't decipherable.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

canadapantsman
January 23rd 2008


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i played with these guys once, and the only thing they would talk about was christianity and god. HEY GUYS YOU WANNA TALK ABOUT HOW GOD HAS AFFECTED YOUR LIFE? no.

whenever i want a laugh i go to their myspace and play the song that starts off growling YOU SEE THE FACE OF JESUS CHRIST. a lawl.

ddrfreak62
January 23rd 2008


106 Comments


Saw these guys play on new years...no i didnt come to see them. I came to see becoming the archetype.

WBCC = good show, cd is crap
BTA = Awesome show , pretty good new cd.

Shattered
January 23rd 2008


44 Comments


thats kind of funny that your making fun of them for preaching when your icon is a zao album cover...

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2008


17945 Comments


Zao don't preach.

masscows
January 23rd 2008


2236 Comments


He's making fun of them because its all they talk about

gasmaskman
January 23rd 2008


1006 Comments


^^Which is gay. I hate stupid assholes like them, then they wonder why atheists hate Christians.



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