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Blood - Mental Conflicts
Review: Unlike any other Blood album, Mental Conflicts channels its energy into single-minded riffs strummed quickly over rally beats, creating a style that is both disassociative and intensely familiar, in that these humming soaring declining riffs sound like the form of elemental but expressive music used in soundtracks, advertising jingles, Christmas carols and ancient Greek theatrical pieces; they are infusions into the subconscious.
As a result, this album exhibits greater subtlety than almost anything else in the grindcore field, but is monolithic and so hard to distinguish between tracks, which is perhaps why this album has been somewhat forgotten in the Blood catalogue. Closer to a smooth fusion of early 1980s punk hardcore and the early days of death metal, songs are rings of riffs joined between two motif halves, one associated with riffs and one with choruses, with bridges taking on the characteristic of either depending on which direction they intend to spin the song.
Percussion here is more varied and carries more suspense than other albums. Where other albums were more early Napalm Death and Repulsion influenced, this work from Blood sounds more like Bolt Thrower or Carbonized.