Originally formed as a side project for Fleshgod Apocalypse members Francesco Paoli and Paolo Rossi, along with Stefano Rossi Ciucci, Bloodtruth have recently followed up their early promo and single with “Obedience”, their debut full-length album. A 10-track fusion of early ’90s death metal with a technical side that gives their sound a more modern twist.
The album is divided up into three parts. Following a brief intro of Gregorian chants the album proper starts when the chants give way to a blistering tech-death assault backed up by a powerful rhythm section. The other two parts of this first chapter (‘In Hoc Signa’) give some clues about their influences and where the album is heading. ‘Throes of Death’ adds a bit of groove and slows things down a little but remains equally as brutal as before. ‘Coerced To Serve’ opens up the second chapter (‘De Humana Coactione’) and features some of the album’s faster moments, but as before these are mixed in with more chants as the album often gives you brief glimpses of respite from the vicious noise that dominates much of the running time.
Chapter three (‘De Sanguine Veritatem’) starts with ‘Foresworn’, which for me is one of the high points of “Obedience” and features some exquisite guitar work towards the end of the track before it slowly fades out. The two remaining tracks tread familiar paths, with the closing title track again throwing more blast beats and furious guitar work at you before the end of the album.
All in all, it’s a pretty decent album. There isn’t really too much to say about it either way, and that’s where I found the biggest problem with it. It’s brutal, and technical, and it does what it sets out to do, but this is a difficult sub-genre to master and when there are bands out there like Origin who do it so well, then even good bands can end up looking weak by comparison. The Fleshgod Apocalypse link will probably get more people seeking it out, and it deserves to do well, but I got the feeling that there was so much more that could have been done with it. The three chapters all feature the same components, whereas it would have been cool to have three-part chapters that all had their own identity in sound and mood as well as name. There is definitely more to come from this band.