Internal Bleeding

Internal Bleeding

Driven To Conquer

Pavement

One simply has to admire Internal Bleeding’s dedication to the craft of simple, brutal death metal. In a time when every band is seemingly itching to add once-taboo elements of experimentation into their devil’s brew (have you read that Fenriz of Darkthrone is telling interviewers that he is well into trip-hop?!?), Internal Bleeding just want to keep it primitive and guttural. It’s obviously that they are worshipping at the altars of Malevolent Creation, Suffocation, and Obituary, but who am I to complain about such an impressive Unholy Trinity? Perhaps resigned to be fourth-from-the-top-of-the-bill at every Metal festival for the foreseeable future, Internal Bleeding have instead focused on their efforts into streamlining their sound into quite the fucking beast. They’re dead tight. There’s some tasty thrash/crunch breaks thrown into the mix, rubbing shoulders with the usual blast-beat assault. The lead riff on “Invisible” is a complete rip of Napalm Death’s “Mass Appeal Madness,” but that only increases their credibility in my eyes. Good taste in source material.

There’s a welcome metalcore influence to be found in “Slave Soul,” but not enough to catch that unwelcome whiff of Machine Head. A tip of the Six Feet Under baseball cap is also due to producer Brian Griffin, who gave Internal Bleeding the precision production job their music requires. I should also mention that the record seems to be a song suite dealing with the inhumanity and random brutality of an American society dominated by a military-industrial complex. I’m sure of it. Face it, they’re the AC/DC of extreme metal. For those about to rock…

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