Brand of Sacrifice
Lifeblood


5.0
classic

Review

by Rondel Dawlins USER (2 Reviews)
March 7th, 2021 | 51 replies


Release Date: 03/05/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I Am The Chosen One

Dawn. The Morning Sun cascaded through the trees like a hypernova imploded on itself and as the rays of sunshine scattered through the woodland where I lie, everything was silent. Then I awoke. In a pile of leaves splattered with blood, I have no idea whose blood it is. I look around but I see no signs of a wound of any sort. I double check. I am fine. As I stand up I realize time is running out, despite the Sun rising bringing warmth, life and light to my surroundings, I realize I have to keep moving forward. This trek will be tedius and will ultimately be the end of my existence, but I have to get there. After several hours of wandering, I am approached. This can't be happening now...not now, I have to get there. I can hear it...then it exploded from the dirt and rocks knocking me back a few thousand feet. I am alive, still...I am wounded now. Caustic burns all over my body, it makes eye contact with me.

Demon King. I stand up, I have to get there... I run full speed toward its towering presence, it tries to end me, I dodge, it tries more, rapid multi-explosions and lazers, I dodge yet again. It grabs me, I try to squirm out of its grasp, very strong. Impossible. I cannot get there now, I am ended. It then something came over me, I have the blood in me, I can do this. I can do this, this is what I trained for. I have guts. My body vibrates intensely, I can't breathe, I can't move, I.... I am turning into something else. I am now a different being.

Animal. Sheath the blade. I rip its heart out of its chest and shove it down its throat, my Katana is no match for this, this... thing. It is ended. I climb down carefully, and proceed on my trek. It's an arduous journey, but I have to get there. As I collect the items dropped from this so called King, I see darkness. The Sun shows no effort. The acid from this... thing has taken my sight. I cannot see, instinct only from now on. I have changed, I will not change from this form now. It is too late.

Altered Eyes. I lose my ability to walk. I am paralyzed from the neck down. There is no hope. I cannot move. I can only see from my left eye, my right is blank...it's gone. I have to get there...It's all in my head. It's in my head, I can move...I need to try. I must relinquish fear. I need to move on, that is the only motivation I attain at this point. All of the sudden my old friend flew down to assist me. It's time. This is the prophecy.

Prophecy Of The Falcon. I am dreaming, this isn't real. I cannot believe this is reality, no...there's no way. I am covered in blood. I am visited by my old friend and he showed me the way. As I follow, I cannot tell if I am awake or projecting this nightmare, but I am unstoppable at this point. Motivation is my drive, I have to get there. My dream is covered in blood, but this blood is not of my own. I need to sleep, I am exhausted. My winged friend understands. Peaceful. Rest.

Perfect World. She means everything to me, they mean everything to me, I mean everything to them. This is absurd. I am dreaming, this has to be a dream. I am cognisant of this and try and control it, I cannot. She descends down from the heavens onto a corrupted world, I am a statue. I cannot tell her how I feel. No...not now...this is a dream.

Mortal Vessel. This blood is flowing through me now. I can feel it pulsating through my erect veins, I was an animal back there. What has happened to me? I must get there, I must get there fast, that is my only goal. I will drestroy anything in my way. I cannot control this anymore, I have become what I once hated, but I have consciousness and I will attempt to use this weapon to get through whoever or whatever will stand in front of me. I have conquered the Demon King...I am unstoppable. I can feel it flow. This flows through me. This dream is becoming reality, it's tiring...thousands of years...years.......years............years........ ............

Foe Of The Inhuman. This is not a dream, this is a nightmare incarnate. I am surounded by demons, lifeless creatures attempting to thwart my journey. No. This will not happen. Not now, I must get there, whatever it takes. My blood will guide me. They will never enslave me, I will not bow down. They will try to coerce me into submission, not my style. This cannot stop me from getting there, survival is my destiny. If they want a fight, I will beg for that day. And that day is now, it's payback.

Vengeance. This is a nightmare incarnate, the blood is feeding my objective, I must get through. I need to get there. I am surrounded by the deepest of evil, taunting me, piercing my soul, taking me down, pinning me down...I feel the blood flowing deeper in me. I remembered...my body is a weapon. Silence....They all come at me at once, a parade of evil floods in, into me. My body is a weapon...yes, it is a weapon. I see it now. There's too many to get through, but I can finish this. Total destruction...

Ruin. I am surrounded. I stand still, begging for their hope in my demise. Everything is still, then.. . it starts. They stand still for a brief moment. Let the chaos begin. My blood is flowing, I can feel it. I shout, blood sprays... divine light...then, darkness. Crowd clears. Echoes of shattered bones clatter between the spires. Silence. I realize I am dreaming, I try to move, a stone. I try to talk, mute, I feel a liquid seeping through my boots, I can't move. Zapped, eye wide open. I am awake. I am standing alone. They are everywhere. I gaze upon them with my left eye... all at once they rush me. I stand still. Remain calm. My katana starts to glow...bright. I can feel its vibration and searing heat. I musn't let go. They're getting closer. From everywhere. All around, the sky, the ground trembles, the winds gather dirt and debris from the temple. This is my time. They get closer, closer, ...even closer, I can touch a few of them at this moment... now. I spin rapidly, blood sprays everywhere. I am spinning still and they keep coming. Still spinning, their bodies are ripped to shreds. Still spinning as I walk towards the temple... they're gone now. A bloodbath. I will not revel in their loss, only need rest. I walk to the temple and lay near the main spire. I need to get there. I need to sleep...

Corridor Of Dreams. Sharpen the blade. Sunscale and night, the knight shines her blade, I am benighted. Darkness. It swells, ringing, loud. Submerged in my own blood, I am drowning. I drown... I sink into my own blood. I awaken. Eye open...it's time.

Lifeblood. I am drenched in blood, probably my own. I don't care. I have arrived. I look around and the quake is empty. She is not here. The wind stops. Complete silence. I hear a loud noise and I am knocked back on the ground. Sounds of dirt and bones dropping from the sky, No...it wasn't the sky. I look up through the mist of dirt and bones and see him rising up from the Earth. No, this cannot be. its alive. The Demon King. I stood up and glared into its glowing halogen eyes. It must die now, this is it. I run toward the King as he is shooting lazers, swiping at me with its clawlike limbs, all 6 of them. I see her. I can save her. I keep running, fast. I dodge a claw, 3 lazers and leap up onto its face. I stab it in the right eye. It howls, screeches, squawks, a noise I've never heard before. It topples down as I ride it on the way. It's done. The sounds of the rocks and dirt still hitting the Earth, I have defeated the Demon King. I sheath my katana. I see her, I have completed my journey. I have saved her from the Demon King. I take one step and hear a thundering clap. I turn around. It's still alive. I run full speed at it before it can get up, it grabs me fast. I am ended. This is it. It's massive hands squeeze me tight, I am losing grip of reality. Tighter. Pressure. I am ended. At this moment my veins are glowing red and blue. I cannot move... and then, it explodes from me. My veins and entire body feel numb. Blood sprays everywhere and the Demon King is covered in my blood. It screeches loudly, a roar, a death rattle. I fall down with it as it crashes to the ground. I am ended. I cannot survive this. After the dust, dirt and debris settles, I open my eye. I am alive. I get up slowly, glance at the King, spit, walk to her and set her free. After all this time I knew I could get here. Now, I am here. She is free now and I am the chosen one.


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wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lets go for my boy Kyle! heaviest album to date, no band will top this

Tundra
March 7th 2021


5891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Track by track usually means you're going to get a bunch of negs on this, this is the story rather than review haha... yeah expected some negs. Albums indeed great though.

artiswar
March 7th 2021


9937 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

men

OwMySnauze
March 7th 2021


2257 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What a waste of talent.. RIP The Afterimage

Leeb890
March 7th 2021


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I’m gonna give this album a negative rating because I only listened to 3 songs from the album once and my butt kinda hurts.

TheSpirit
March 7th 2021


27496 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is up there if not better with anything The Afterimage ever did.

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wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What about The Interstice? Casca is their heaviest song imho, it seems hard to play live, yet Beeson pulls it off.

Tundra
March 7th 2021


5891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

BoS now with catchy hooks and managing to still to be as heavy as they were before is quite the feat, BoS be looking like an unstoppable force in Deathcore right about now, with only a few in the genre managing to match their quality

wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album created a genre

wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also, there's a reason for the fade on Mortal Vessel, if you have the LP you'll understand.

wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They have good vinyls, the TMNT with the shirts etc,

wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This



https://brandofsacrifice.indiemerch.com/

Tundra
March 7th 2021


5891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

They are killing it on the merch department for sure

wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah man, mos def. They are getting bigger, developing a fanbase and the future holds a good spot for this raw talent. Easily the best scene in whatever genre you would call this. It's not death core, no... because TAIM is death core and this is actually heavy.

TheMightyMrM
March 7th 2021


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The fact that you have elitist hangups about deathcore doesn't mean this isn't a deathcore album. If you think something has to sound exactly like Thy Art to be deathcore, you uhh...don't know enough about deathcore. This is pretty forward-thinking, but it's not anything but a deathcore album.

wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This isn't deathcore dude. But I feel ya

wutang4ever
March 7th 2021


666 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Guts' Brand is on the right side of his neck near his jugular vein.

Casca's Brand is on the upper-middle part of her left breast.

Judeau's Brand is on the palm of his left hand.

Corkus' Brand is on his forehead.

Pippin's Brand is on his right arm.

The Egg of the Perfect World's Brand is on his tongue.

Gaston's Brand is on his left shoulder.

The Count's wife had her Brand on her upper chest, above and between her breasts.

The corpses under the Tower of Rebirth all possess Brands on their foreheads.

A woman in the Skull Knight's final living moments was branded on her right shoulder.

Durrzo
March 8th 2021


2338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is deathcore. This is not a review.



Album is so fun.

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9820 Comments


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Tundra
March 8th 2021


5891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Like how you're so confident in thinking this isnt Deathcore, pretty funny, you're wrong, but is pretty funny



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