Bleeding Fist: Bestial Kruzifix666ion

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Black Metal, Thrash
Moribund Records
September 28th, 2009
Release length: 32:59
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With an album title like Bestial Kruzifix666ion, it’s obvious that this release by the band Bleeding Fist is going to be the most hardcore pro-Jesus Christ Christian album of all time! Just kidding. Obviously this release is one that will cater to the Black Metal enthusiast, while cashing in on the growing numbers of Thrash acts that blend in a Black Metal inspiration to their music, while trying to be as “kvlt” as possible when it comes to their anti-religion standpoint in the lyrics, as well as the common themes associated with Thrash in general. With the band dubbing themselves “Chaos Metal”, you would expect a little more then what is offered on this release, especially with this album title.

Sadly, the second full length from Bleeding Fist ultimately fails to deliver on a few key levels. While some tracks on here are undeniably kick ass, like the track “Sabbath Ov Mist” due to it’s overall perfect meshing of Thrash and early Black Metal with pounding drums, a catchy chorus, and a rather simplistic but still blistering guitar solo placed oh so perfectly, and “Dissected Dominion In Blood” due primarily to the more Black Metal guitar riffs utilized and kicked up to high speed with a nice little march section that, sadly, is kind of ruined thanks to the Gwar-esque shouted vocals. It’s about this point where the album starts to shine, and as if the band seems to pull their sound together into a much tighter act. There is no denying that this band has the potential to really pull off a blisting album that would stand out in the metal world once you hear these tracks and even some that follow. However, some of the material in here sounds faulted due to the recording quality, or due to something band-related.

The first two tracks especially (“Morbid Psychotic Distortion (Part 1)” and “Spirit, Dust And Magic”) both have issues where it seems that the drummer simply cannot keep up with the music, or even as if he is drunk and cannot play his kit properly. Even the drumming on “Morphogenesis Of The Holocaust” seems lacking as far as the bass kicks go, and you even hear it go off beat for a kick or two around a minute and a half into the song, which isn’t uncommon on here. Another issue is that once in a while, certain riffs just feel hollow, but that could very well just be an issue with the production of the album. While the overall sound quality of Bestial Kruzifix666ion is not that bad, the guitars do sound rather muffled with the vocals almost booming over there, often sounding hollow (as already stated) and as if there is only one guitarist instead of two. The raw sound does work in the band’s favor, however, but the shortcomings with the overall sound of the album doesn’t.

When you take away the few openning tracks that really give you problems, and the somewhat poor recording job done on the album, this is a decent release with some impressive material. Would it be enough to go out and buy this entire release at face value? Not really, but some of these tracks should still be given a chance, and many of the middle to late tracks on here will grow on you over time if you don’t really enjoy it at first. The self-proclaimed men of “Chaos Metal” sadly don’t quite deliver, and given a better recording quality this one would have probably turned out a little better. Hopefully on their next venture the band will pay a little more attention in the studio and bring us more material like “Black Magic Book” to bang our heads to.

01. Morbid Psychotic Distortion (Part 1) – 2:26
02. Spirit, Dust And Magic – 2:50
03. Celebration Of The Third – 4:16
04. Sabbath Ov Mist – 4:14
05. Dissected Dominion In Blood – 5:10
06. Black Magic Book – 3:37
07. Morbid Psychotic Distortion (Part 2) – 3:14
08. Conquering Apocalypse – 3:59
09. Morphogenesis Of The Holocaust – 3:13
Overall Score: 4/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Moribund Records.