Trigger the Bloodshed
Degenerate


4.0
excellent

Review

by TBliss USER (33 Reviews)
May 27th, 2010 | 32 replies | 9,206 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trigger The Bloodshed are moving in the right direction.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Trigger The Bloodshed’s second release ‘The Great Depression’ was a difficult album. Refreshingly clean of any hardcore traits that all too often permeate modern death metal song writing, yet too frantic and chaotic to make any sort of memorable impact, it was a breathless listen which displayed a great deal of promise but lacked any hooks needed to etch on the mind.

Now, barely a year later, ‘Degenerate’ displays a stunning progression for such a short space of time, with the band significantly sharpening up their song writing and embracing a new found sense of restraint, allowing the tracks room to breathe and really make an impression on the listener, rather than blindsiding them with a barrage of riffs played at a constant breakneck tempo. ‘Hollow Prophecy’ for example relies heavily on a monstrously grooving guitar line which lurches and staggers along with a satisfying infectiousness, whilst first single ’The Soulful Dead’ chugs modestly yet retains a murderous intent, with the band not afraid to settle into the riff and allow it to take effect. It is this streamlining that betrays a new maturity and a developing realization that brutality is not exclusively inherit in a brisk pace only.

Although, this is not too say that ‘Degenerate’ is a mid-tempo affair. There is still plenty of sonic violence on offer, with songs such as ‘Dead Vein’ and album closer ‘Until Kingdom Come’ rattling along with an impressive technical bluster. Indeed, the fact that Trigger The Bloodshed have begun to vary the velocity of their tracks means that these sections of rapid aggression have become drastically more compelling than they were on previous albums, such as two minutes into ‘A Sterile Existence’ where the band hit a grinding pace (complete with some stunningly fast vocals lines from front man Jonny Burgan) that is truly affecting.

It has always been apparent that the band are more than capable instrumentally, yet performances on this third release are a great deal more remarkable than anything formerly offered. The highlight effort comes from lead guitar player Rob Purnell, who makes a great impression with a glut of fantastic solos. The guitar leads in ‘The Great Depression’ were few and far between, and for the most part melodically and structurally redundant in their ability to enhance the song, but it is clear that an endeavour to improve this aspect has paid off, and solos in tracks such as ’De Breed’ find a pleasing middle ground between wah drenched emotional outpouring and some ferocious technical shredding.

New drummer Daniel Wilding also exerts himself, executing his work with a finesse and dexterity that benefit’s the bands new dynamism. His vicious blast beats and furious double bass in the previously mentioned ‘Until Kingdom Come’ are superb, and he displays necessary self-control in the more settled affairs as he curbs his nimble footed approach to sink into rumbling groove such as in album opener ‘A Vision Showing Nothing’. The vocals sound huge, with the dual attack of Burgan’s throaty rasp and Purnell’s monumental guttural roar making for a venomous combination, adding yet another vehement element to the sonic onslaught.

What Trigger The Bloodshed have achieved on ‘Degenerate’ is the presentation of songs that contain enough light and shade for them to have a unique and captivating quality, yet with without relenting on their established extremity. If the band continue to heed such important lessons as this, their could be something utterly remarkable in the pipeline as they progress into the death metal elite. Trigger The Bloodshed are moving in the right direction, and on this evidence have an exciting future ahead of them.



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Counterfeit
May 27th 2010



17819 Comments


this review looks lonely.

bloc
May 27th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Never quite got into this band, but I'll give it a listen.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

TBliss
May 27th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man give it a whirl, its pretty awesome.

Wildcatforever
May 27th 2010



441 Comments


cool band name

bloozclooz
May 27th 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

downloading now...

TBliss
May 27th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You wont regret this...

Nocturnal
May 27th 2010



1329 Comments


Sick im liking this.

bloozclooz
May 27th 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

feels pretty average to me. nothing that really jumps out...

Dryden
May 27th 2010



12928 Comments


worse than average

TBliss
May 27th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

quelle surprise

ZomarK
May 28th 2010



49 Comments


havent heard these guys, but very good review! Pos

TBliss
May 28th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, appreciated.

XtheComb1neX
May 28th 2010



61 Comments


And once again, Dryden shows us he likes nothing.

dansxdead
May 28th 2010



438 Comments


Good review.

TBliss
May 28th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. And XtheComb1neX haha, exactly my point.

Infernis
May 28th 2010



398 Comments


The instrumentation is good, but there are so many riffs being thrown around I think the overall cohesiveness of the album is just...lacking; feels chaotic, but like too many ideas were thrown into the songs. Dead Vein sounds somewhat more similar to the old album, but it stood out to me on the album. Haven't given it a full listen but it's alright so far. 2.5-3 I think?

bloozclooz
May 28th 2010



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nah dryden was actually right about this one. it's pretty lame. the drums are just a constant bumbumbumbum. all fucking night.

XtheComb1neX
May 28th 2010



61 Comments


id have to give it a listen.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2010



8318 Comments


nice review, I'll check this out sometime. Better be as good as you say ;)

TBliss
May 29th 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks alot man. Ha, no-one else seems to be liking this alot, but Im still loving it.



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