Bludgeon - _Crucify the Priest_
(Magic Circle/Metal Blade, 2002)
by: David Rocher (
Chicago's thrashers Bludgeon have been granted the remarkable honour of releasing their debut album on Joey DeMaio's own label, Magic Circle Music -- promising auspices to their career indeed. With this said, however, despite the fact that _Crucify the Priest_ is an enjoyable recording, Bludgeon have yet quite a way to fare before becoming anything comparable to the Manowars of thrash metal -- although an amusingly healthy "we are heroic thrash metal warriors" stance already pervades this first recording. Technically speaking, Bludgeon have more than their fair share of abilities, and _Crucify the Priest_ teems with awe-inspiring rhythmic power, frantic drumming antics and powerful, catchy low-case riffing; only the vocals stand out as a notably lacklustre performance, owing to rhythm axeman and vocalist Mark Duca's choppy, uneventful and unemotional elocution. However, with these qualities spoken about it, _Crucify the Priest_ sadly fails to hit home; as undefinable and irritatingly ethereal as it may sound, there is something that Bludgeon lack -- they run for the raucous power of death metal, yet fail to fully recapture the lethal intensity inherent to that style; they strive to display the mean bite of cult Bay Area thrash outfits of yore, but fail to produce the razor-sharp aggressiveness and rabid meanness thrash is all about; and finally, industrious and dedicated as they may be, Chicago's four-piece simply seem miss the brilliance that tells a decent recording apart from a great release. This is however only their first release, so hopefully, their second recording may release the savagery that feels so withheld on _Crucify the Priest_, and thus turn out to be the blasting chunk of hate I would have liked to discover in the guise of this first attempt.
(article published 3/7/2002)
All contents copyright 1995-2016 their individual creators. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
All opinions expressed in Chronicles of Chaos are opinions held at the time of writing by the individuals expressing them.
They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of anyone else, past or present.