If you’re thinking the name Death Blooms sound familiar, you would be correct. The title does come from a Mudvayne song of the same name, off the band’s 2000 release, ‘L.D. 50.’ The Death Blooms we are about to discuss however, a killer metalcore quartet hailing from the UK, is a beast of a different sort. Although Death Blooms vocalist Paul Furrows does have an aggressive, raw, yet vulnerable voice that is reminiscent of Chad Gray, the band has carved out a sick, twisted, energetic sound that is clearly all their own. The guys have just released a 4 track debut self-titled E.P., which is winning rave reviews all over their home country. I’m here to tell you it’s only matter of time before word spreads, and these cats become the next big thing in metal.
The introduction to the band comes in the form of their first track, “Hate: Die,” which focuses on the frustrations of the daily grind, and the vicious cycle of dealing with one’s own conflicted, messed up mind. “We’re always born to hate then die, then hate, then die,” Furrows sings with controlled yet reckless abandon. “Lie to me! Punish me! Break away, from these chains!” It’s this kind of contradicting inner turmoil that plays a large part in the lyrics throughout the E.P., along with a brilliant smattering of heavy riffs and hard hitting, rapid fire drums. The second track, “Last Ones,” follows suit, serving as something of a loner’s anthem, including a catchy chorus and a wicked sick beat.
“I’m Dead” and “Sick” round out this record, both vying for my selection of best track off the album. “I’m Dead” is fast and infectious, and I mean that quite literally. When I awoke this morning my first thoughts were the lyrics of this track, and though I have tried fruitlessly to shake it, it has not left my brain since. “Sick” however, exhibits raw passion and brutally honest lyrics that anyone who has been controlled by their emotions can relate to. When Furrows sings, “I don’t want to be sick anymore” I can FEEL it. It makes me want to listen to more, to listen harder, and to abandon all of my emotional defenses because the band has abandoned theirs. It’s this trust, and this kind of give and take that make the relationship between creator and observer truly come to life.
My only complaint regarding Death Blooms brilliant first release is that there simply isn’t enough. The 4 songs, which clock in at an average of 3 minutes each, feel like they’re over in the blink of an eye. This is meant to be a compliment, however, considering the fact that time flies when you’re having fun, and drags when you’re listening to something you despise. (We all have that one band that makes our ears bleed after just one song. Feel free to confess yours in the comments section!) Nevertheless, it is absolutely worth the download, and is a true untapped treasure for metal fans looking for the next seed of talent in the beautiful, budding garden that is our metal scene.