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Bludgeoned - Summary Execution Award winner

Summary Execution
by Ricardo Casagrande at 14 April 2022, 6:56 PM

BLUDGEONED is a Brutal Death metal band from Shelton, Washington in the United States. Formed in 2018 they have released Rejecting Sunlight as a single in 2019 and after parting ways with drummer Michael Davidson, went on to release the single Genocidal Processes in 2021 with new drummer Nikhil Talwalkar. Summary Execution will be the first EP released by the band as they look to make their mark in the crowded world of Brutal and Extreme Death metal coming out of the United States.

The EP starts off with an instrumental track called “Ptolomea” and for the next one minute and thirty seconds you can feel the build up or calm before the storm one could say. The storm being “Circadian Servitude”, as the second track explodes into your eardrums and you come face to face with a pure form of chaos that these guys can create. Jonathan’s throat growls come across as if you are drowning a demon in a shallow pool of water. The guitar on the track in midst of the insanity does manage to have some rhythm at times as it battles back and forth with the drums for hectic supremacy. “Fading Into Oblivion” is a savage display of power with the vocals and is intensified by the machinegun-like drumming of Nikhil. Sean on guitar switches tempo and delivers a violent assault on his instrument as there seems to be no rest for the wicked on this track. All the while, there are displays of Technical Death metal, but always seems to be challenging himself on this EP.

“Genocidal Processes” begins with guitar and drums battling it out before toning down with almost a sense of timidness that is once again short lived. This track immediately turns evil with the incoming vocals and carries that to the very end. The drums are played as if Nikhil is in a possessed rage and the guitar takes on a destructive manner meant to destroy. Jonathan’s raw force is at the forefront as if this is a soundtrack to annihilation. The EP closes up with the track “Pale Horse” and explodes with aggression right from the start. The timing from the drums is incredible, leaving you trembling from the pace and effort coming through your headphones.

This track is savage, ultra aggressive, and is a destructive force in itself, which makes it a perfect way to finish a release like this.

The tracks just keep getting more brutal as the EP goes on, and coming in at just under fourteen minutes, leaves its mark. This is destruction and chaos as an artform. The drums are as relentless as it gets, even when the guitar slows itself to a deadening rumble, the drums never seem to be lost. For any fan of intense and Brutal Death metal, after hearing this EP, there should be a demand for more material from these guys.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Ptolomea
2. Circadian Servitude
3. Fading Into Oblivion
4. Genocidal Processes
5. Pale Horse
Jonathan Huber - Vocals
Sean May - Guitars
Nikhil Talwalkar - Drums
Record Label: Vile Tapes Records


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