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BLOODLET

"Three Humid Nights in the Cypress Trees" (Victory Records) Reviewed by Christoher J. Kelter
"Three Humid Nights in the Cypress Trees" (Victory Records) Reviewed by Rose Grech


"Three Humid Nights in the Cypress Trees" (Victory Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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The recently reunited Bloodlet had been inactive for nearly 10 years. Typically, this does not bode well for a band and newly recorded material.

However, "Three Humid Nights In The Cypress Trees" is typical of a hardcore band that hails from Florida that is undoubtedly affected by the death metal scene - except, however, that that kind of mix isn't so typical. Personally, I hear more hardcore influences than metal influences in Bloodlet's music, but it's getting harder and harder these days to tell what a band's influences are when they draw equally from the hardcore and metal genres. 

Recorded in only nine days, "Three Humid Nights In The Cypress Trees" mixes the straight fury of hardcore, with the technical prowess of death metal, and dissonance that gives the band a unique edge. The raw, primal energy of "Three Humid Nights In The Cypress Trees" would have been lost if the band decided to stay in the studio and tinker or otherwise polish their sound. The slow grind of "Learning To Fly: Descent" and the pounding fury of the title track are two examples of how different Bloodlet's music can be without leaving the realm of metalcore. However, the lyrics may be the best part of the disc. Scott Angelacos' lyrics use metaphors to paint vivid images without being overly grandiose or too simplistic.

Do I think Bloodlet have a unique sound? Yes. Do I think I'll be putting "Three Humid Nights In The Cypress Trees" back in my CD player? Not likely, unless I'm in the mood for spinning Hatebreed, All Out War, Closer Than Kin, and Living Sacrifice all at once when I'm in one of those rare moods for a gritty hardcore listening experience.

"Three Humid Nights In The Cypress Trees" was produced by Bloodlet and Steve Albini. 

Bloodlet is Scott Angelacos on vocals, Matt Easley on guitars, Art Legere on bass, and John Stewart, Jr. on drums.

For more information visit http://www.bloodletmusic.com/


"Three Humid Nights in the Cypress Trees" (Victory Records)

Reviewed by Rose Grech

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Here is another crappy, uncreative, hardcore/metal (metalcore) band to add to the list: Bloodlet. The only interesting thing about them is they started out in 1992 and disappeared for almost 10 years.

Too bad they did not stay gone; we just do not need to hear the same old unsuccessful, experimental hybrid again and again. 

Not surprisingly, there is not much else to say about this band, except they are on Victory Records, so you can check them out at http://www.victoryrecords.com if you really want to.

Bloodlet is Scott Angelacos on vocals, Matt Easley on guitars, Art Legere on bass, and John Stewart, Jr. on drums.

For more information visit http://www.bloodletmusic.com/


Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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