DOOMRIDERS is back with their third album, Grand Blood, and another collection of diverse, cool songs. We could include the other bands that the members play in but that’s irrelevant as DOOMRIDERS should be judged by what they do alone.
The band continue to explore new sounds with their unique style, which can very loosely be described as noise rock, sludge, and hardcore. Vocalist/guitarist Nate Newton does a solid job in the vocal department with his strong bellows and clean vocals. Much of the material on Grand Blood sounds like they were born from jam sessions as the song parts sound natural and flow easily together. The band predominantly play in a stomping mid-tempo with dynamic changes to instrumental song sections. Highlights include the catchy “Mankind” and “Bad Vibes.”
Kurt Ballou‘s production work rules again here with the thick bass and drums coming through so perfectly in the mix.
The bottom line is that while Grand Blood will most certainly not explode your mind, it is a cool album and solid for what it is – a fun side project for these busy gentlemen. (Deathwish Inc.)
Recorded as part of their new album sessions, CONVERGE offer up the blazing new song “No Light Escapes.” Also on the release, CONVERGE offer a “We Are the World” styled rendition of the influential ENTOMBED classic “Wolverine Blues.” Joining them in tribute is a number of friends including Tomas Lindberg (DISFEAR, AT THE GATES, LOCK UP), Aaron Turner (ISIS, OLD MAN GLOOM, SPLIT CRANIUM), Kevin Baker (APMD, THE HOPE CONSPIRACY), Brian Izzi (TRAP THEM), and more. A new CONVERGE album will surface later in 2012 on Epitaph/Deathwish Inc.
On the flip side, metal pioneers NAPALM DEATH offer up two new aural monsters. First, “Will By Mouth” erupts in classic grind fashion. Also on the release, NAPALM DEATH offer the slower and textural new song “No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal)“. A deeply resonant number that lyrically sheds light on the horrific Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984.