Bleeding Eyes – Golgotha

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Go Down Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://www.godownrecords.com/product-page/bleeding-eyes-golgotha-LP
Band Website: www.facebook.com/BleedingEyes777/

Band line-up:

Lorenzo Conte – Drums, backing vocals
Marco Dussin – Bass
Jason Nealy – Guitars, backing vocals
Nicola Anselmi – Guitars
Simone Tesser – Vocals

Tracklisting:

1.) In Principio
2.) Le Chiavi Del Pozzo
3.) 1418
4.) Del Pozzo Dell’Abisso
5.) Confesso
6.) La Verità
7.) Inferno

Review:

Bleeding Eyes’ biography describes them as making “esoteric doom mixed with a sludgy attitude”, and this is probably one of the more accurate promo descriptions of a band I’ve come across.

The Italian band play a well-crafted blend of the two styles. It’s doom metal, but with a dirtiness to it, a certain grit and grime, and Simone Tesser’s vocals definitely have a punkish savagery to them. Bleeding Eyes never come across on Golgotha like a band looking to be pigeon-holed: their music is consistently dark and heavy, but happy to smash and roar their way across a variety of different approaches (and lengths too, with tracks ranging from 4 minutes all the way up to 12).

Opener “In Principio” gives a good illustration of this fluidity right away. We begin with a rising, ominous sensation and echoing cries that give it the air of a sermon of the damned, before erupting into a classic, vintage doom groove that will settle for nothing less than your enthusiastic headbanging along. Towards the end, the track moves on to a swirling vortex of bleak ruination, as the wall of sound rises higher and higher to envelop everything.

Further along, we have “La Chiavi Del Posso”, with agonised chords and tortured vocals that remind me of Pig Destroyer’s Natasha experiment, albeit much shorter. Here the beat of the drums is like falling rain of the ticking of time. 1418 is dominated by a wonderfully filthy rumble, a badass swagger that I wish returned later on in the song.

Another good time is had on “Inferno”, with a very bass-heavy, low rumble full of fuzz and distortion that would do Crowbar proud. However, while Inferno has a solid tone and is obviously aiming for a more expansive sound, I find that it’s these more “open” tracks in the album’s second half where it begins to lose me a little. The core sound is still good, there’s weight behind the stomp that it wields…but that’s all they do with it. Some of these longer songs can end up feeling a bit directionless.

This tendency towards meandering can plague the album from time to time. I get what the band is going for, and some will probably enjoy it greatly, but for me, the band is stronger when they’re delivering more focused doom metal ruination. “In Principio” is a long track, but it moves through different passages, each effective and honing in on what makes them work, whereas “Inferno”, while not badly done for what it is, struggles to hold my attention the whole way through.

Still, this is a comparatively minor quibble about a solid sludgy doom metal record. Fans of heavy music will definitely find plenty to sink their teeth into, and possibly break them on, here.

Review by Kieron Hayes

 

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