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Totalitarian - Bloodlands

by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 30 March 2019, 6:42 AM

TOTALITARIAN returns with their second full-length album, titled “Bloodlands,” an audible depiction of a soul-corrupting journey through unprecedented violence and the most hideous deeds so-called humankind has ever been able to commit itself to. It follows the seething poison of humiliation and annihilation encrypted in the collective consciousness of man forever. The wounds of humanity are bleeding in the six gospels of extermination.

As “1933” opens, it opens with slow humming and bells, turning chaotic pretty quickly. The harsh vocals are screams while the guitars build that “wall of sound” that the genre is known for. There isn’t much in the way of melody here, so if you are looking for that, look elsewhere. It is thick, violent and raging. “On the Wings of the Great Terror” is more of the same. Fast, chaotic riffing and ever-present vocals. “Defeated, Destroyed and Divided” opens slowly, with some dissonant guitar chords, but turns faster and into the same structure as the previous songs fairly quickly. There is a little semblance of order here but it’s not very pronounced. Towards the end, some choirs come in, but they so not sound like the came from a church!

“Liberators” has a riff pattern that you can follow but it’s all about the hideous nature of the music. Never stopping for a pause, it pummels you over and over into submission. One good thing—you can actually hear the bass guitar which can be rare in this genre. “Of Bullets and Gas” is more of the same. I get the intensity of the music, but it can be pretty overwhelming at times, and not changing things up even a little can make for a fairly bland listening experience. “Deathcult Eternal” closes the album, opening with howling winds and doleful and ominous programming, and the stead beating of drums. It is only about two-and-a-half minutes in length, with promises of hellfire for all of humanity.

Overall, there just wasn’t enough diversity here for me to enjoy it. It was raucous and full of undying energy, but too many of the songs sounded exactly the same. If you’re a fan of the more traditional side of Black Metal, you might enjoy this. If you are looking for something new and original, look elsewhere.

Songwriting: 4
Originality: 3
Memorability: 4
Production: 4

2 Star Rating

1. 1933
2. The Wings of the Great Terror
3. Defeated, Destroyed and Divided
4. Liberators
5. Of Bullets and Gas
6. Deathcult Eternal
Record Label: Barren Void Records


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