Review: Blast From Oblivion - Restrained
- Release date: October 13, 2017
- Record label: SkyBurnsBlack Records
- Silent Screams
- Haunted Apparition
- Brain Spattered Matter
- Flesh Disorder
- Thoughts & Prayers II
- Bloodsuckers (Story of a Lost Boy)
- Wake the Dead
- Mental Wasteland
- Undead Horde
- Jekyll & Hyde
- Stench of Flesh
- Under the Horns II
Blast From Oblivion has returned with a spooky new album released on October 13th...Friday the 13th. With his sophomore release, the project has returned with Restrained.
The album begins with "Silent Screams". The song has a very Metallica/Megadeth style to it with the acoustic intro and the harsh spoken word vocals. Pretty creepy.
"Haunted Apparition" is the next song. Pretty weird. I certainly get a punk feel. The vocals sound like a hardcore singer like Strongholds. The song also has this weird more alien than horror feel, with the hi-hat and guitar fading in-and-out.
"Nyctophobia" reminds me of yet another Metallica intro. This goes to show, I've listened to Master of Puppets too many times in my truck. So I would define this song as thrashcore. It certainly exhibits the thrash metal speed of things, but the vocals don't really fit with thrash vocals, just hardcore vocals. So...Shai Hulud? Don't quote me on that. The lyrics are definitely spirit filled and fall in the SFHC category. The solo at the end is pretty cool.
"Bloodlust" starts off with an eerie hi-hat, followed by some creepy guitars. The lyrics are pretty creepy too. The track is just a creepy one all around. I hope you like it, cause it will be on Vol. 2 for those following my work.
"Brain Splattered Matter" is a very thrash metal oriented song. The vocals are awesome and guitars sound really good. The drums are fast and go along with the sound really well. The vocals kinda sound like some of the old school SFHC, while the drums sound like old school thrash metal. Not quite like Vengeance, but close. Short track, but fast.
"Flesh Disorder" begins with some freaky music.The buildup is pretty cool, but it just goes back into the intro music with vocals over it. Splatter Gutz, the brainchild of the band, has a pretty interesting vocal style. It sounds a lot like old school hardcore bands, but also unique at the same time.
"Thoughts & Prayers II" is a short track. It just continues with the same riff from "Flesh Disorder", where it left off. Just an instrumental. It's pretty...uh...pretty...pretty? It's melodic. Yeah. That's what I was going for.
"Bloodsuckers (Story of a Lost Boy)" has a very punk feel. Very weird track. I can't put a figure on it, but this one is just plain weird for me. I think it's the beat. I don't know. There is a cool solo at the end however.
"Wake the Dead" has a very thrash metal feel for an intro, but when the full song comes into swing, it becomes more of a lighthearted punk beat. The vocals are pretty cool with the hardcore shouts, but beyond that and the intro, not exactly the best track on the album.
"Mental Wasteland" is very much a hardcore track. It reminds me of some of the old school spirit filled hardcore bands and even melodic metalcore bands like As I Lay Dying in style. Pretty cool track musically.
"Undead Horde" has a very Vengeance Rising feel to it, with the background shouts and then the answer back. 'Brainless! Undead Horde!' Like "Human Sacrifice" off the album with the same name.
"Jekyll & Hide" has a freaky feel with the guitars but also a very fast one with the drums. The drums remind me very much so of an old school thrash band like Slayer. At the end, I get a very Megadeth/Vengeance Rising feel with the vocals. There's a weird maniacal noise that reminds me a bit of 'Hey me, now meet the real me' and the screams at the end of "Beheaded".
"Stench of Flesh" starts with another eerie intro with what I think is guitars, but sound like keyboards. The song is slow for the whole song. Nothing really stands out to me in this track.
"Under the Horns II" is the final track on the album. The intro is pretty cool, with the guitars playing a classic horror sound. For some reason though, the track is really about a 1:30 minute song, but it plays on for 6:25 minutes. The rest is just silence. Maybe, to add suspense? I don't know.
Restrained certainly has it's moments. If you're in to horror punk/thrash metal, then this an album for you.
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