BLEED­ING GODS

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews -

Dodekathlo­n

NU­CLEAR BLAST Epic Dutch death metal with grand de­signs Although it largely failed to reg­is­ter on the main­stream metal radar, Bleed­ing Gods’ 2015 de­but al­bum, Shep­herd Of Souls, hinted at im­mense po­ten­tial. Here was a young band with an in­tu­itive grasp of how to make death metal feel epic and im­pe­ri­ous, rather than merely brutish and ex­treme. Newly signed to Nu­clear Blast, the Dutch quin­tet ful­fil ev­ery prom­ise on Dodekathlo­n. This is big, ballsy, widescreen ex­treme metal that sparkles with ul­tra­mod­ern pol­ish while never dis­pens­ing with grit or vi­cious­ness. Drenched with evoca­tive keys and mo­ments of al­most mis­chievous melo­drama, high­lights From Feast To Beast and Tripled Anger clearly draw as much from Em­peror’s or­ches­tral squall and Moon­spell’s gothic pomp as from more tra­di­tion­ally deathly realms. Above all else, Bleed­ing Gods have penned some in­sis­tent, mem­o­rable songs here and Dodekathlo­n’s 60 min­utes fly by with ageless vigour.

New year, new gods. FOR FANS OF: BE­HE­MOTH, DIMMU BOR­GIR, AMON AMARTH

DOM LAW­SON

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