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Bludgeon: World Controlled
Death Metal, Metalcore
Magic Circle Records
April 5th, 2006
Release length: 37:26
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Bludgeon‘s third full length release, World Controlled, feels more like a metalcore album then a death metal album. I know, you looked at the name and thought “Bludgeon?! Wow, this must be one hell of an album!” But, regretfully, it isn’t. One of the first bands signed to Magic Circle Records, run by members of band Manowar, who have been cited as stating that death metal is false metal, brings us World Controlled, which is easily false death metal.

The music on World Controlled is weak, for the most part. There are some decent tracks on the release, such as “Carnage Begins” and much of “Refuse The True”, which happens to have what seems to be a failure of a breakdown. The drums actually sound as though they are being produced by a drum machine, and not the band’s physical drummer, and the music on much of the music, as stated, is very weak, being comprised of simple riffs played either at a slow pace, or with spaces between the next simple riff comprised of maybe three or four chords max. Really, the album is carried by the drumming, which sounds great when everything picks up. Usually this would be during a solo, or a heavier bridge. The solos on this release are rather short, and not that impressive at all. Take “Unholy Murder”, the solo in this song is barely even noticable aside the increased speed. Oh, and for added grace, there is a breakdown included on this track, and it’s pretty damn obvious, which raises the question why this band is on a label that proclaims “death to false metal”, especially when much of the metal world regards bands with “core” in the style as false.

Vocally, you have the bad buy “I’m gonna rough you up” shouting vocals, which cause many of these songs to just sound as if they are some mallcore band trying to up the ante and consider themselves death metal. There are moments on here that will make you think he was heavily inspired by the vocals you’d find on a Pro-Pain release. It really doesn’t work, unless you follow the Hot Topic kiddie’s concept of what death metal really is. But, aside from being out of place, as a gutteral would really help the band out, there are moments where they are just laugh out loud bad, such as with “Hunt Or Be Hunted”, prior to the bridge that sounds like a failed breakdown, the vocalist tries to hit a lower note while sternfully telling us “It must be replaced”. Whoever let that part slide, where it sounds like the vocalist’s voice is cracking, was clearly deaf.

This disc also features a “making of” video, which is actually rather humorous. Basically you’re gonna laugh your ass off as the band struggles with the fact that they have songs without names and lyrics, and Joey DeMaio sarcastically tears into the main lyricist of the band, and unintentionally makes the band look like a joke. Then again, the band members themselves make them look like they don’t have their shit together either on that part. But as it goes on, the band shows off the material they use, things they do with the album, and further elements about the band’s production. And yes, it includes getting drunk and filming one of the member’s urine as it flows into a toilette. If anything, this video is worth a watch, especially if you are let down by this release.

It’s hard to picture that Joey DeMaio of Manowar fame would actually have produced this album, but he did. The production, aside the recording done on the drums, sounds pretty tight and is the best thing on this entire release. It will also lead one to wonder if the reason the music sounds this way is because of him due to his stand on the death metal sound. But, regardless, World Controlled by Bludgeon is simply one of the worst death metal albums ever pressed.

01. Carnage Begins – 3:12
02. Refuse The True – 2:49
03. Unholy Murder – 3:06
04. Hunt Or Be Hunted – 3:51
05. Awakening – 2:25
06. Out Of Reach – 4:20
07. Infidel – 3:25
08. Bitter Emptiness – 3:41
09. World Controlled – 3:20
10. Consumed – 3:25
11. Save Your Servant – 3:52
12. You Don’t Pay My Bills, Motherfucks (Enhanced Video) – 18:06
Overall Score: 5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personnal funds.