maandag 5 maart 2012

Blood Red Water – Tales of Addiction and Despair

Blood Red Water – Tales of Addiction and Despair
Self released – 2011
Stoner, Doom, Sludge
Rated: ***

In a few weeks I will leave for Milan to test the heavy rock waters there so it seems only fitting to already use my feelers to search lovely Italy for some inspired rock. Hailing from Venice, Blood Red Water, was formed in the summer of 2010 and consists of four freaks that earned their spurs in loads of other bands. Since they all shared a love for bands like EyeHateGod, Electric Wizard and St.Vitus it was only right to enter the water in that area. But soon they drifted along and floated wherever the current might take them. Their gritty variation of sludge and doom is filled with an energetic garage and hardcore feel and convinces just as easily during the slow moments as during the faster stoner related songs. It has that epic atmosphere but unfortunately never becomes that great adventure we long for. This might be due to the less attractive grunts and the wavering clean vocals; although the apparent but mostly unused ability does shine through on some moments. Luckily we have the strings and rhythm sections that are menacing enough to pull you under water like some undead swamp monster and make you bleed…

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