Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Nuclear Blast
Released: 2018
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Band line-up:

Mark Huisman – Vocals
Ramon Ploeg – Guitars
Rutger van Noordenburg – Guitars
Gea Mulder – Bass
Daan Klemann – Drums


01. Bloodguilt
02. Multiple Decapitation
03. Beloved By Artemis
04. From Feast To Beast
05. Inhuman Humiliation
06. Birds Of Hate
07. Saviour Of Crete
08. Tyrannical Blood
09. Seeds Of Distrust
10. Tripled Anger
11. Hera’s Orchard
12. Hound Of Hell


I’d never heard about the Dutch band Bleeding Gods before but when I did I wasn’t sure that I wanted to listen to it as I think the name is a bit lame, and I am not a fan of symphonic death metal. But  on the other hand, it’s a good sign when your record is released by one of the biggest labels…

Dodekathlon is the second album of Bleeding Gods. It’s a concept album, and if you’ve ever heard a tiny bit about Greek mythology then it’s not a suprise that this record is about the twelve labours of Heracles (AKA Hercules – this will ring a bell for sure) which is an amazing concept. So no-one will be suprised that there are twelve songs on the album.

The cover fits this concept as well as it fits to the genre. I won’t waste more time talking about it. I think it’s a great piece of art which lets you know what the album is about.

The lyrics are really good, and the story itself is also good (come on, even Disney made an animation about it), but I was afraid of what Dodekathlon would offer musically – as I said I am not a fan of symphonic death metal (any symphonic metal to be honest) – but I was suprised. The symphonic elements are there to make the effort atmospheric. It’s not too much and doesn’t make it lame. The only problem that after a while Dodekathlon is too much, as it’s nearly an hour long…

The production is great. But as I mentioned, the album is released by Nuclear Blast, so… I doubt that they would let anything out which is not that great. Each member of Bleeding Gods knows what they have to do on their instruments, but the guitars and the otherwordly growls are what really pulls this album.

I truly believe that this won’t be the last I hear about Bleeding Gods and I am quite sure Nuclear Blast is going to take care of them well. The album is not perfect, but if the Dutch metallers keep on this good job, then they’ll have a fantastic future.

Review by

Gabor Csete