From the first abrasive riff to its very last raptorial note the Beyond EP from Australian metallers Blunt Force Trauma allows no time for the listener to take a breath or seek refuse in any less intensive opportunities. The release is a furnace of aggressive passion unleashed through a torrent of exhausting enterprise and bruising confrontation and one thrilling adrenaline soaked encounter.
From Perth, the 2009 formed band has garnered a towering reputation for their performances and music, its sound bringing them the tag of “Thor’s love children.” The past few years has seen the quartet leave audiences wasted from performances alongside the likes of Macabre, The Amenta, Truth Corroded, 4arm, Desecrator, and Grotesque and with the release of their new debut EP and tours confirmed in India, Asia, and North America over the year ahead, 2013 is looking a breakthrough period for the band, something which would be a shock if it did not come to pass such the might of their release.
Opening track Whore of Eden gravitates into view with industrial hydraulics before exposing firstly coarse riffs and then an engrossing spine entwining groove. Blunt Force Trauma brings a fusion of groove metal and metalcore with rich veins of numerous other rewarding unique genre inventions and the first track is an immediate explosion the resulting impressive corrosive excellence. As riffs rip flesh with their muscular snarl and sonic sabre cuts the ravenous caustic vocals brawl upon the senses with purpose, viciousness, and contagious effect. Clean vocals add a compelling lure alongside the rabid growls whilst the rhythms of drums and bass prey on the wounds caused with pack like militancy and ferocity. The track is a tempest of confrontation fervour and outstanding craft with loud whispers of Bloodsimple and Killswitch Enagage. It is hard to say the song is offering anything toweringly new sound wise but few bands recently have found the depth and power let alone primal pleasure instigated here.
Closing off its capture of imagination and passions with a sirenesque groove and equally tempting predatory bass flirtation the track is an immense start matched by the following Meat Puzzle. The song initially grazes the ear as if waiting for a reaction before breaking into a stomp equipped with a tight slightly wanton groove and hungry eager heavy riffs. Clean metal vocals burst from the core of the song to instantly bring variation to the whole release, something which each subsequent song reinforces with skill and imagination. Though not the riotous onslaught of its predecessor the track still rampages with an energy and intent which leaves the senses eagerly agitated whilst with its classic metal overtones within the guitar teasing and expressive vocals, a feverish greed is soon driving the appetite for more.
Defiance instantly caresses the ear with a mellow yet sinewy melodic guitar cascade of fiery sound and invention with the again formidable rhythms and muscular bass coaxing its flames higher for further pleasure. It is not long though before the song is charging with the drums calling, the march of their insatiable rapid punches evolved into a rumbling pulse framing another insidious groove manipulation firing the senses with devilish efficiency. The track is a maelstrom of passion, aggression, and thought plundered by superb moments of melodic and emotive clarity, vocally and musically. For the main though it ravages with impossibly infectious enticement from riffs and rhythms, it is not over complicated or dramatically ground breaking but oh it is irresistible.
The closing Eulogy is an explosion of unrestrained metallic revelry, thrash, and punk dished up in an insatiable storm of mayhem and sonic lust. Equipped with waspish grooves, bone splintering rhythms, and savage energy the track is simply rock n roll at its very best…and most inflammatory.
With The Beyond EP, Blunt Force Trauma shows with a vengeance why they are one of the loudest names on the lips of the underground scene and simultaneously declares their intent to infest and enflame the wider world with their towering sound, something it needs and deserves..
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