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Blood Rainbow
Upheaval
October 2017
Released: 2017, Neverheard
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

This band is pretty messed up and I mean that in a good way! I’ll explain more in a moment.



Blood Rainbows third album was released independently and digitally back in late 2016 but has now got a formal CD pressing in July of 2017 and got onto my radar. The band is not all that prolific only three albums since 2003 but I’m glad that their newest UPHEAVAL is getting a bit more exposure.



There have been quite a few changes to the band since their last album in 2005. In the interim they have replaced their drummer and guitarist. This Hungarian Death Metal band is pretty unique. They are not afraid to mess with unconventional sounds or instruments and there are many examples all across the album. At any given time in the album you will hear, flamenco guitar, brass horns, bongos, blast-beats, wild bass solos, flutes, sounds effects, and more things you rarely hear on conventional Death Metal records. All of these components are integrated really well into a solid classic old-school 90’s death Metal framework, with maybe little hints of grind.



I will admit that UPHEAVAL might be a bit too weird for fans of stand-up, straight-up Death Metal. These guys overplay, if there is such a thing, but without descending into generic tech-death played by hyper-active kids with ADHD playing 27 string guitars. Another factor I like is that the solos are almost Power Metal is tone, tempo and execution. These guys shred and like to solo! The vocals of Adam are gruff, more roared in places and more guttural in others. I also really like how the bass is all over the map as well. The band is fast but has these odd, epic moments that add much tonal diversity and some understated juxtaposition in tempos as well, without utilizing a simple, but jarring stop-start technique. If you want a reference point, maybe I’m heating bands like Gorgets, Pestilence, Atheist, Cynic, maybe Watchtower, not even so much in tone or actual sound but that ambitious, interesting experimental sound and a need to do more. However, they never lose sight of the fact that they are a crushing Death Metal band.



There are so many things I like about UPHEAVAL and BloodRainbow in general. It’s the little things little things that set them apart; sterling production, incredible album art, (courtesy of Gyula Havancsak) a weird but cool band name, and that almost indescribable X-Factor in their song-writing that makes this one of my more preferred Death Metal albums of 2016/2017.
Track Listing

1. Born of Gods
2. Debauchery, Fall, Expulsion
3. Outcast from Eden
4. Harpoon and Sonar
5. Stalingrad
6. Rolling Sand of Alam Halfa
7. Indestructible Armor
8. Conquistadors

Lineup

Ádám Szalai Vocals
László Osztroluczki Guitar
Flórián Juhász Guitar
Péter Krizsai Bass
Dávid Garcia Drums

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