BLOOD LABEL - SKELETONS (Mighty Music Records)

 

                                     (Review by Sloof)

Another newcomer from Denmark and it happens quite often that promising new bands get a deal offered by Danish Mighty Music Records, which is also taking place this time. Blood Label can be considered as a new band as they were found only 5 years ago, and after spending time in a rehearsal room they decided to record a few EP’s like ‘Blood Label’ (2010) and ‘Existence Expires’ (2011).  Now it’s time for the real work with a debut album named ‘Skeletons’, ready to hit the streets March 17th. 2014. These young Danes feature members of Hatesphere, The Burning and Dawn Of Demise, so those that are a bit familiar with the mentioned bands, will have an idea what Blood Label is all about. Four out of five members played together in a band called Afskum, who eventually changed their name into Blood Label around 2009.

The musical direction of this quintet is a mixed bag of Thrash Metal and Death Metal without becoming or adding the ‘extreme’ factor. They play a kind of best of both worlds, a kind of musical consensus that will appeal to a lot of followers of axe attacks that deliver furious and raging musical assaults. The vocals of Kenneth are in balance with the unbridled escapades, but while the guitars of Alexander and Jesper are seeking new places and challenges, the throat remains rather on the brink of monotonously sounds. There is nothing wrong with the production and sound of the album as Tue Madsen (Aborted, Suicide Silence) took care of the job, but Blood Label needs to refine their arrangements with the vocal capacity of Kenneth in mind. A deeper excavation of the structure is designated, an in-depth analysis of the material is a must to hit us twice as hard with the next album. This is a very good start, from talented Danes, but there is more potential present and I’m sure that ‘giving time’ is the perfect remedy before they unleash their demons on the second output. Songs that really need your time to find out what Blood Label is all about: ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Hell Holds A Place For You’ are really advisable!

My rating: 78 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish