The Day of Wrath /
The Final Separation
Finally, the re-release of the mighty Bulldozer has seen the light of day!
Avantgarde Music are scheduled to release the 1st four Bulldozer releases
on CD sometime this year, but not having the patience to wait, I along with
another old school aficionado (Hail Malphas!) picked up this rather dubious
looking CD from one of the many distros carrying it. This is claimed to be
an "import" from Roadrunner Netherlands, and I suppose this could be the
case, but the on CD printing itself looks a little shoddy (no actual label
logo), and the catalog numbers for this release are the same as the original
vinyl. That plus the fact that this has obviously been mastered from vinyl
copies of the albums makes me think "bootleg"...but regardless, it was either
this or the unbearable wait for the "official" release.
Moving onto the actual music : this is comprised of the 1st two Bulldozer
albums (at least as far as I know - did they actually have any vinyl output
previous to this ?), and what fucking grand albums they are. Purveyors of
all things ancient will relish in delight at the sight of this finally making
it onto CD. Musically, Bulldozer can be pegged rather easily : Italy's
answer to Venom...and were not talking "Possessed" era Venom either, but that
good old fashion, sloppy as fuck, Motorhead-infused "Welcome to Hell" Venom.
Back when "The Day of Wrath" was originally released, reviews for it were very
quite mixed : some good, but most bad (due to the fact that this *IS* a
carbon copy of Venom). Personally, I enjoyed it immensely...sure, it's
as unoriginal as it gets, but who needs originality when the result is an
album as fine as this ? The second album (The Final Separation) differs very
little from the 1st - production wise, it isn't quite as bottom heavy (for the
trivia buffs amongst you : the 1st Bulldozer was produced by none other than
Algy Ward - those of you who don't recognize the name can now go outside to
the playpen while us adults continue). Also, I find the vocal style on TFS
to be slightly more developed. While still *very* Cronos like, I also detect
a slight Jeff Becerra influence. Other than that, the material on both is
very similar, and therefore, excellent on both.
Nothing more really needs to be said about this release. Old timers and
those who appreciate black metal ala 1984 shouldn't hesitate to pick this up
or the "official" release later this year. Those who hate Venom and think
their only contribution to black metal was the name itself, well, avoid
this...but it's your loss...
© 1999 chorazaim