Frightmare
Bringing Back The Bloodshed


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnnyGetYerKnife USER (19 Reviews)
November 14th, 2009 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Holy crap! I just got whiplash!

Midnight Murder Mania, the first Frightmare album, was excellent, but 2006 saw the band back with Bringing Back The Bloodshed, which, if I’m honest, makes the previous effort look like a Jason Vorhees dressed up in a tutu. It’s the best thrash album in some time and easily the best record that Razorback Records have put out to date. You can expect breakneck thrash with a strong crossover influence, topped off with some of the main aspects of grind and punk. Sounds both interesting and exciting, huh?

It has been apparent from the release of the first album that Frightmare have a knack for crafting catchy riffs and excellent melodies. Frightmare are a band that are completely focused on cramming as many fantastic melodies as possible into every track whilst never, ever overdoing it. Each track is an onslaught of breakneck drumming and whiplash-causing riffs, whilst still retaining the melodies. The ‘onslaught’ approach never fails, whether it’s on the clear thrash tracks like By Sword, By Pick, By Axe, Bye Bye, (which resembles Megadeth’s Symphony Of Destruction in some parts) or on tracks where there is a clear punk reference, such as the intro to Barbecutioner. The solos stand out from the onslaught that surrounds them, bringing the cuts on this album to a new level and highlighting bandleader Neil Smith’s ability to meld intensity and melody into a stunning whole. This is not to say that it sounds like the infamous Gothenburg sound; it may not be as accessible, but, nonetheless, Bringing Back The Bloodshed stands as an apex for modern thrash metal.

The musicianship of all the members on this release is excellent overall. The bass and guitars have no difficulty keeping pace, doing so with a level of technicality and tightness that is uncommon. However, the musicianship works to reinforce the appalling songwriting, rather to distract the listener from it. If you decoded the death growls, you’d find that there’s a story behind each track, told with, frankly, poor lyrics.

Is everything ok?
Can we all go home?
No f--king way
Here comes Jason through the window!


I will spare you the pain of showing you more lyrics, but search the lyrics up for Angela. Dealing out the stories is a wild vocal performance, which is the supremacy of the album. All the tracks are mixed so that they flow superbly, making this an excellent production job. It may take a bit of time to not be annoyed by all the samples, but, even so, they all rarely overstay their welcome. Each track (except the title track) takes inspiration from a horror flick, some of which are well known, whilst others are more obscure. This may make you delve deeper into the world of slasher flicks.

The only real flaw of this album is the poor songwriting, and that won't even bother some people. Bringing Back The Bloodshed is highly recommended to any fans of grind, thrash, death metal, and horror. In short, this is recommended to metalheads. Check this album out as soon as possible, Bringing Back The Bloodshed is a modern day masterpiece and well suited to anybody’s metal collection.



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JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 14th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just thought I'd review this 'cause no-one had yet...

combustion07
November 15th 2009


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Razorback Records fan?!?
This album is pretty underrated imo, nice to see someone showing it a little respect

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Totally, lol. Definitely underrated, I was hoping that this review would increase their fan base. Do download this though, it's impossible to find anywhere, except an online store...

combustion07
November 15th 2009


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I wanted to buy this and FKU's Metal Moshing Mad, but they're so expensive! FKU's cd is like $60

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm uploading a review of Frightmare's first album, Midnight Murder Mania now. What should I review next?

Mordecai.
November 15th 2009


8282 Comments


Ken - "By Request Only"

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why?

Panzerchrist
March 9th 2012


137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For many years I have played Barbecutioner for people, them expecting a good punk rock time, only for the brutal death metal to explode in after the minute mark and completely destroy their expectations. Good times.

Anthracks
May 29th 2012


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i fuckin love frightmare

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Shiduba
July 10th 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album gets a FUCK YEAH!/5 from me

oltnabrick
December 19th 2012


31616 Comments


this is awesome

DikkoZinner
May 19th 2014


3403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Barbecutioner

Mister Twister
October 5th 2014


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ so hard

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