|Review: Bleeding Utopia - Darkest Potency|
Label: Bleeding Music Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Swedes do what they want, I see, especially when it comes to the country's high-profile and quality Metal scene.
Bleeding Utopia, a band that started out in 2003 as a project called Operation SidEffect before changing their name to Delicious Deformed in 2004 and then being put on hold for several years, returned to the limelight in 2009. In 2012, after some hard work, Bleeding Utopia put out their debut album, Demons to Some, Gods to Others, on Italy's WormHoleDeath Records.
After the door was kicked open the word was out, the band formed their own label, Bleeding Music Records. The band's second album, Darkest Potency, which features the insane drum work of Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Battlecross, etc.), is a great example of how catchy and melodic Death/Thrash Metal can be. There's definitely the old Gothenburg sound (such names as At The Gates, The Crown and Amon Amarth coming to mind) with a tiny twist of American Death Metal. Many of their riffs remind me of the dark and twisted riffs that one is able to find on Demigod's classic Slumber of Sullen Eyes album (check out "This Is Where We Die" or "I Will Return"), which is always a good thing in my book. There are a few modern, core-ish elements to be found within the songs that don't necessarily work for me but probably will for some. David Áhlen's death growls are powerfully executed and overall superb, adding all kinds of mean and wicked vibes to the band's sound.
All in all, Bleeding Utopia have got a good thing going with their second record, which should have many of us eagerly following them in the future for new recordings. By all means, check these Swedes out.
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