Beheaded
Ominous Bloodline


4.0
excellent

Review

by InHumanForm USER (8 Reviews)
October 24th, 2009 | 14 replies | 4,417 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ominous Bloodline is a huge step for Beheaded, and is no doubt a representation that the band is finally headed in the right direction.

Malta is probably the last place on earth you'd expect to hear a quality brutal death metal band. Most bands of this genre tend to spawn in locations such as Texas, California, New York, and pretty much any big city in the United States. This tends to be where Brutal Death's biggest and best acts come from. But once in awhile a totally awesome band comes along from a totally random country out of nowhere that you've never heard of before. Beheaded is one of these bands, though they are a very impressive group of musicians who have just only started to shine in the scene.

Beheaded's first full length "Perpetual Mockery", slithered its way into the hands of very few metal heads across the globe, and was hardly heard by anyone, despite being a somewhat great first effort. After an EP in 2000, Beheaded finally released another full length entitled "Recounts of Disembodiment" in 2002. This album made a lot more of an impact in the scene, and showed great potential. People started to eagerly await Beheaded’s next offering. The wait was worth it.

Ominous Bloodline pretty much takes every other Beheaded album and multiplies the song quality by about 100. The first thing that caught my attention on the album is the very fast, tempo changing rhythm, as well as the blistering fast riffage ala Suffocation. There is a significant amount of technicality presented that should attract even the most elite of metal heads, and enough brutality that should satisfy any slow, chugging, breakdown seeker. The riffs on OB are very catchy and impressive. Unlike past efforts, Beheaded manages to write memorable songs that will tend to forcefully be stuck in your head for days on end. The drumming on the album is also worth praising. Chris Brincat has his best performance to date on the kit; he blasts at blazing speeds proficiently. Even when the slower, groovier parts set in, Brincat never lets up and clearly shows his diverse drumming skills throughout each track. The main difference that really stands out on this album from the rest of Beheadeds material is that the songwriting is just plain better.

The production on Ominous Bloodline might immediately turn off some listeners. The guitar tone pretty much sounds like a sewer. The vocals though good, are very low in the mix, and the bass is hard to hear at times. This might annoy some people out there, but it's easy to get past, you will eventually become comfortable with the sound of the album.

After listening to OB numerous times, it seems that Beheaded have matured quite a bit. They are now writing more refined and mature songs album after album. The future of this outfit from Malta is an exciting and promising one, and I can’t wait to see what they churn out next.



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InHumanForm
October 25th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why the hell are there two of these? lol

Anthracks
October 25th 2009



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Malta is probably the last place on earth you'd expect to hear a quality brutal death metal band.


Abysmal Torment!


i like this and their first album but i remember recounts being a bit meh...still i look forward to what they put out in the future

InHumanForm
October 25th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well yeah abysmal torment, but shit someone needs to review epoch of methodic carnage, great album. and yeah recounts is very meh.

Anthracks
October 25th 2009



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i plan on reviewing epoch eventually, grooviest album ever

it's kind of a shame that these guys have been around for so long and are only now starting to blossom as a brutal band :[

InHumanForm
October 25th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah pretty much lol. but dude why the fuck are there two reviews of this, i posted one lol

InHumanForm
October 25th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

queer

InHumanForm
October 25th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im mad

liledman
October 25th 2009



3826 Comments


...youve never heard of malta before? weird.
sounds pretty sweet ill check it out some time.

Prometherion
October 25th 2009



208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, it's nice to see a review here. One for Epoch Of Methodic Carnage wouldn't hurt either.

zaruyache
October 25th 2009



5884 Comments


Yeah so....he posted a review for this album, then posted the same exact review on nother copy of this record? O_o hai staf u ned to deleat tat extra 1 up ther lol

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Wish
October 25th 2009



262 Comments


Yeah so....he posted a review for this album, then posted the same exact review on nother copy of this record? O_o hai staf u ned to deleat tat extra 1 up ther lol

Just done it; panic over!

InHumanForm
October 25th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dude, no i posted only one and it made two copies lol

Anthracks
December 31st 2009



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Beheaded 2010 release

the band is finishing up tracks now and will enter the studio soon. Title and cover art will be posted soon."

from ULR

excite

Shuyin
November 13th 2011



11171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Death Metal makes everything right

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