Bloodshot: Murder the World (2011 Reissue)

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Bloodshot: Murder the World
Death Metal, Groove Metal, Hardcore
Scarlet Records
October 17th, 2008 / March 8th, 2011 (US)
Release length: 41:00
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Bloodshot‘s Murder the World is the group’s third album, but was never really released in the States, though it was released back in 2008 through Scarlet records. About three years later, this effort finally hit the US shores for a 2011 release. The band formed back in 2000, and became more then a traditional Metalcore and Hardcore act like they started out with. While there’s not much to be said about the supposed Groove Metal of this release, the band retains their Hardcore roots strong while including some Death Metal material as well for this release. Sadly, it’s just really not that impressive at all.

Practically everything about Murder the World comes off as generic. The band takes a strong Hardcore stance, but includes some traditional and generic Death Metal concepts similar to early Torture Killer and even Bloodbath, then mix them with the group’s Hardcore stance. This leads to the songs to be rather stale and just not all that inviting. When the band manages to slam into a heavy Death Metal meets Hardcore fast-paced free-for-all, the music is actually rather impressive and become a little more intimidating, such as on “Blood Harvest”, but most of the time the band is too busy taking what could possibly be Death Metal riffs and turning them into generic Hardcore with a slight Groove approach, if any, like with “Stand Your ground” and “In Murder We Trust”, both of which just come off as everyday Hardcore mixed with a little bit of promising Death Metal.

Aside the not-so-engrossing Hardcore and Metal, the band’s vocals match the relatively generic sound. For the most part, the material here is simply a deep shouting style, and that’s it, offering up very little range, and even the deep shouting isn’t too impressive, coming off rather generic in itself. “Dawn of Damnation” really becomes one of the few songs to truly grab the listener’s attention thanks to it blend of fast pace Death Metal influenced material that really sticks out, and the clean singing added a little extra range and kick to the song, as do the gutteral vocals that are layered behind them. Sadly, there really isn’t much else done with the vocals, and they wind up feeling really restricted throughout the album outside of the random gang chants that appear, and are often overrused.

And that’s not all. “The Hunt is On” is just a very long, convoluted breakdown with gang chanting that feels extremely drawn out and really boring. There are some audio clips on the recording, such as the forty second Hellraiser film snippet that starts off “623” which is fine and all, always great to have a Hellraiser sample in a CD, but not for forty seconds, it takes forever just to get to the point of the clip and really derails the album, especially after the first genuinely catchy and somewhat unique track “Dawn of Damnation” hammers away into it’s suiting climax, only to go back to more generic two-stepping Hardcore with few Dead Metal ideas. And then there’s the breakdowns. So many songs just have breakdown after breakdown, and it really gets annoying fast, especially when they reach into the lame breakdown sense of seconds of dead air before a chord is played or section of a drum kit hit, a typical Deathcore move that has become a terrible cliche in it. Some are alright, like the first one that hits before the closing slower breakdown that serves no point whatsoever and clashes horribly with the music on “623”. Of course, this is followed up by another audio sample that I can’t pinpoint where it’s taken from, that lasts a good twenty nine seconds, much shorter then the Hellraiser sample on “623”, but again seems to take forever to get to the point of the sample in the first place. They continue to get worse as another sample kicks off “Forever Drowned in Sun”, but sounds like more then one sample clumped together that makes no sense whatever, and lasts a grand total of fifty four seconds, nearly one third of the entire song!

Given all the faults of this recording, the question becomes whether or not there is anything really that interesting, or even good about it. Well, as pointed out, “Dawn of Damnation” stands out with it’s more intense material, faster pace, and nice vocal range outside the monotone lower generic shouting and constant gang chants. “623” is enjoyable, but it’s nowhere near as good as “Dawn of damnation. “Forever Drowned in Sin” is also an alright track, but again, nothing spectacular. These songs manage to show some hidden abilities for the group outside of composing generic Hardcore laced with Death Metal, almost in a vain Napalm Death attempt, but more generic Hardcore then anything. And, well, that’s about it, and about all you’ll want to hear, especially when the techno instrumental that involves wind chimes that sound like bells and high pitched noises that sound like an irritating computer beep you’d hear in a low-budget sci-fi film driving you crazy for the full minute and a half, coming out of nowhere, and officially pushing this album off the edge of questionable to just bad.

Murder the World really isn’t all that great a release. For a band that considers themselves a grouping of Death, Groove, and Hardcore, it’s really as generic as it gets. Between constant breakdowns, restricted vocal range, the lack of impressive material outside of “Dawn of Damnation”, overusing audio samples to the point where they take up a good chunk of the actual song, and much more, Bloodshot fail to really accomplish what they set out to do for any of the styles. When someone who enjoys Hardcore, but doesn’t spend a lot of time listening to it, can sit back and call this album generic, then there is clearly is a lack of originality present here. “Dawn of Damnation” is worth checking out, but sadly the rest of the material can be passed by without a second glance, though Hardcore fans may enjoy “Stand Your Ground” as well.

01. The Hunt is On – 2:47
02. Stand Your Ground – 3:03
03. Payback Time – 3;17
04. Blood Harvest – 3:05
05. In Murder We Trust – 3:37
06. Dawn of Damnation – 3:39
07. 623 – 3:54
08. Embrace New Life – 4:36
09. Exposure – 4:04
10. Forever Drowned in Sin – 4:34
11. A New Horizon – 4:34
12. Outro – 1:30
Overall Score: 2.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Scarlet Records.