Blood are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of death metal, grind, thrash and punk and this is a review of their 1993 album "O Agios Pethene" which will be re-issued in March of 2016 by Dunkelheit Produktionen.
An epic sounding intro starts off the album before going into more of a heavy grindcore direction that also introduces death metal growls onto the recording along with some high pitched screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and some of the riffs bring in a small amount of melody.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they add in even more of an early death metal style to the bands musical sound and a great majority of the tracks are very short in length and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in elements of crust punk and thrash metal and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and samples are also brought into the music at times and there is also a brief use of clean playing on one of the tracks before making a return back to a heavier musical direction.
Blood played a style of death/grind on this recording that was very raw, aggressive and brutal for the era it was released while still holding on to t he punk and thrash elements, the production sound s very raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover gore, anti Christianity, politics and society themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Blood and if you are a fan of early death metal and grindcore, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cannibal Ritual" "Sodomize The Weak" "God Left The World" and "Blood For Blood". 8 out of 10.