Bleeding Gods – ‘Dodekathlon’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 05 February 2018 04:40

Bleeding Gods Dodekathlon ArtworkBleeding Gods are a Dutch death metal band who came together back in 2012 and two years on from that, they released their debut album, ‘Shepherd Of Souls’. A line-up change and greater focus on the follow-up over the next four years, and we find ourselves with ‘Dodekathlon’ and the not inconsiderable backing of one of the best metal labels there is, Nuclear Blast. So, whilst I know nothing about them, it would suggest that the label have seen something…


Whilst ‘Bloodguilt’ starts off with a death metal riff, straight away it’s clear they don’t just live in that world, with a real thrash feel crossed with a less robotic Fear Factory vibe. ‘Multiple Decapitation’ has an epic feel to it, heavy black metal riffs but with light and shade in amongst the maelstrom. ‘Beloved By Artemis’ is a full-on blackened death metal assault which just blasts from the off before it hits a chugging groove. This sets the tone for the rest of the album, with a mix of thrashy riffs, black metal epic-ness and death metal intensity. Although ‘Inhuman Humiliation’ strays so close to total Behemoth worship that lawyers could be involved!


‘Birds Of Hate’ is pure old school thrash riffing and chugs along like a good ‘un and we get a bit of respite with the acoustic ‘Tyrannical Blood’, with the full-on assault returning on ‘Seeds Of Distrust’, fast and heavy in equal measure. The last three tracks here go from a mid-paced chug to blasting but generally ease up on the brutality that’s gone before, with ‘Hera’s Orchard’ being particularly heavy.


There is a lot going on amongst the 12 tracks here, there is a mix of extreme metal styles on show but all done well, some great playing and it sounds good, everything is clear with neither instrument dominating the mix. If you like your “extremities” in the form of equal parts thrash, death and black, then this is the metal for you. Fans of Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth and Amon Amarth will find plenty to entertain here.


‘Dodekathlon’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


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