The Tardy Brothers - _Bloodline_
(Candlelight Records, 2009)
by: Jackie Smit (5 out of 10)
Billed as a vehicle for the brothers Tardy to explore their musical roots, you'd expect their collective age to dictate at least something of a departure from the murky grind of their day job. Yet, even with a crack squad of ace musicians at their disposal (including no less than Ralph Santolla and original Executioner six-stringer Jerry Tidwell) the death metal elder statesmen rarely deliver anything we haven't heard them do countless times before.

For the most part, _Bloodline_ ends up sounding like the skeletal remains of songs that never made the cut to go get on actual Obituary albums, and ironically that's not always a bad thing. "I'm Alive" and "Deep Down" are so simplistic and stripped down that they could easily have been written by a pair of (Floridian) teenagers; their sense of goggle-eyed nostalgia making them far more entertaining than they promise to be on paper. "Scream Descendant" pairs acoustic strumming and New Wave of British Heavy Metal to stunning effect, John Tardy's haunting chorus of "You can't stop me" adding an additional layer of menace to proceedings. Still, with a proper Obituary full-length only a few months away, and a host of acts chucking in similar efforts as freebies with proper releases, most will want to file _Bloodline_ under "money to burn" on the shopping lists.


(article published 21/5/2009)

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