BLOODSOAKED – Religious Apocalypse
At 9 songs and a 34 minute playing time, I scratch my head at calling this an EP release. A one man band, Peter Hasselbrack is Bloodsoaked – and on this new release combines 3 fresh tracks with 2 covers and 4 live songs. The game plan is simple: fast and furious blast beat oriented death metal, the slower sections giving the listener a brief recovery from the furious, intense speed and pounding you’ll get. Of the 3 originals, I preferred the Slayer-isms in "Abomination" more than the all-out assaultive "Devouring" – while "Religious Apocalypse" is in between.
I’m one for trying out different covers, but growls in "Shake Me" from Cinderella or "You’re In Love" from Ratt just do not work for these glam metal classics. The live songs are from earlier Bloodsoaked albums, in the vein of 90’s death metal like Morbid Angel or Disincarnate. Overall, this is okay brutal death metal – just nothing special in terms of a tried and true brand done better in the 1990’s.