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St. Madness - Bloodlustcapades Award winner

St. Madness
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 01 June 2018, 2:38 AM

When the 90’s Metal scene was developing, the impact of bands like METALLICA and PANTERA had was great and caused many changes on the countries Metal music format. The first, with the commercial success of “Metallica”, many learned the importance of making music heavy, melodic but with a not exaggerated technical insight; and “Vulgar Display of Power” launched the foundations of Groove Metal and influenced the coming generations. And we can see on the work from the veteran band ST. MADNESS, from Phoenix (Arizona), the echoes of these changes. And on their eleventh studio album, “Bloodlustcapades”, we see a great maturing.

Their music is a mix of traditional Heavy Metal with Thrash Metal and Groove Metal aspects, some influences from Hard Rock, and even from Country music and Blues, and a special feature: along with their musical identity, ST. MADNESS is really a fun band in many aspects. The visual, the artwork, is extremely fun, cause the despair in the radicals. But as the music starts to play, it can melt your speakers due the dry energy and fine arrangements. And by the way: it’s truly charming, and can seduce the listener easily.The sound quality of “Bloodlustcapades” is dry, focused on being clear for the listener understand what they are playing. But the sound is pretty aggressive (maybe one of the most ferocious albums of the quartet), and the Groove Metal elements can be heard clearly. It’s perfect for the musical concept of the album. And the art is a great work, with cartoon versions of the band members and even from Elvis Presley.

You’ll find 13 excellent tracks on the album, and the finest moments are the high adrenaline dose of “Day of the Dead” (excellent guitars and vocals, along with a very good chorus), the heavy weight grasp imposed by “Don’t Be Like the Blind” (that has that Southern Rock/Country music way on the melodies), the aggressiveness shaped by excellent melodies heard on “The Arrogance of Man” (that shows a very good work from bass guitar and drums), the funny approach of “This is Your Reality”, the deeper emotion felt on the melodies of “Walk Your Own Path” (another song with some Southern Rock influences), the harsh sound impact of “Bloodlustcapades” (that shows a hell of fine guitars), the melodic lines filled with Groove influences of “King of the Damn World”, and the influences of PANTERA and BLACK SABBATH heard on “He’s Riding a Harley in Heaven”. But don’t dare to lose their personalized version for “Folsom Prison Blues” (an old song from the Man in Black Johnny Cash) and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” (from the King ELVIS PRESLEY), both respecting the original songs, but with the personality of ST. MADNESS on them.

The madness is about to begin, so let the dead men gang of ST. MADNESS lead the way with “Bloodlustcapades”. It will be fun, and you won’t regret it!

Originality: 8
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 10

4 Star Rating

1. Day of the Dead
2. Folsom Prison Blues
3. Don’t Be Like the Blind
4. The Arrogance of Man
5. This is Your Reality
6. Made in China
7. Walk Your Own Path
8. Bloodlustcapades
9. Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
10. Warnings from the Past
11. King of the Damn World
12. Rigel
13. He’s Riding a Harley in Heaven
Prophet - Vocals
Syd Ripster - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Svarlet Rivers - Bass
Big Daddy Sug - Drums
Record Label: Nasty Prick Records


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Edited 19 August 2019

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