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Blood - Dysangelium
Review: When thrash died in the mid-1980s, most of its energy transferred to grindcore, which quickly splintered with most of it becoming what thrash did not want to be, which was more protest rock that took political concepts seriously and so bought into the status quo; a few bands broke away and, following the metal model where fantasy is a gateway to understanding the rules of power in an amoral nature abundant with horror and struggle but also intensely delicate beauty, found ways to craft metaphorical statements that joined the ideas of "only death is real" and "protest and survive."
Blood, arising out of that time period, has consistently crafted grindcore/metal in the short bursts of song that thrash favored, giving it a careless air despite its deliberate focus on the aspects of horror and struggle in life as expressed in subconscious neo-Jungian symbols that bring to bear our fears and through them, speaks of the human struggle for acceptance of a world that is equal parts beauty and terror. They do this by crafting songs from primal rhythms that resemble passage through scenes of violence: stark dynamics, dark trudging dirges, interrupted impacts and staccato disintegration. Each song drops into a powerful riff that conveys its forward motion and then, after cycling through a handful of motives expressed in "budget riffs" of a chord or two in rhythmically powerful arrangement, come through to The Other Side where a counterpart riff deconstructs and recontexts that forward drive.
While this music is clearly offhand in composition and playing, there is more at work here than Blood themselves will admit, which is a vision of the sublimated psychological struggle of humanity to find meaning and motion in a world so often sinking into the darkness of horror, depression, terror and fatalism.