Poison Blood – Poison Blood

Rating: 3/5
Released: 2017
Label/Distributor: Relapse Records
Label/Distributor URL: https://store.relapse.com/
Buy Album: https://poisonblood.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Poison-Blood-115522469047123/

 

Album Track Listing
  1. The Scourge And The Gestalt
  2. Deformed Lights
  3. Myths From The Desert
  4. A Cracked And Desolate Sky
  5. The Flower Of Serpents
  6. Shelter Beneath The Sea
  7. From The Lash
  8. Circles Of Salt
Band Line Up

Jenks Miller – Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keyboards
Neill Jameson – Vocals

Review

This is a very unusual beast. The debut EP by US Blackened Doomsters Poison Blood is a collaboration between Jenks Miller of Horseback, and Neill Jameson of Krieg. Apparently their coming together was as a result of their mutual love of Beherit’s notoriously grim 1993 classic “Drawing Down The Moon” album. The result is a thick, gloopy exercise in frigid cold minimalism.

Proceedings begin with “The Scourge And The Gestalt”, a feedback soaked sojourn of stoner sludginess. The vocals are suitably demonic, but overall it is a bit dreary. The faux spooky keyboards only serve in making this more of a snoozefest. The pace eventually picks up, and a delightfully tripped out guitar solo lifts the song out of the doldrums. Next up are “Deformed Lights”, a punky burst of nastiness which does not outstay its welcome, and “Myths From The Desert” which is cut from the warped cloth. By now the tone has well and truly been set. “A Cracked And Desolate Sky” is a pitiless bogblast with a scummy crust.

“The Flower Of Serpents” provides a psychedelic and somewhat psychotic interlude – akin to a funereal, murderous clock chime. This is an aberration, as normal service is soon resumed. “Shelter Beneath The Sea” (which for some reason reminded me of Homer Simpson) hurtles past in an instant of Satanic fury, and “From The Lash” pounds you to a pulp like a Hardcore tinged slab of granite.

The release is rounded off with “Circles Of Salt”. An epic at 4.21, it seethes with menace not unlike Xasthur. Ethereal and hazy, it creates a forlorn stupor and provides an ideal conclusion to the preceding mayhem. The EP, short though it is, provides much to be proud of. It certainly whets the appetite for the next chapter. Upon first listen it seemed a bit on the drab side, but upon further inspection it is a well crafted foray into the dark psyche.

Review By Owen Thompson

 

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