Magic Circle Music
8/5/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Bludgeon - World Controlled - 2006 - Magic Circle Music
That was 2002.
Where has this Chicago band been since? Well that answer isn't really clear. The only thing I can tell you is that it is now 2006 and Bludgeon has finally released their sophomore effort in "World Controlled". Once again Joey Demaio takes over the production duties and this is once again on Magic Circle Music and distributed by SPV. This is really a new direction for the band, with most of the material found here really attached to today's 'core scene more so than the group's firm relationship with the cutting edge death acts of four years ago. This time around the band also has a slightly different line-up. This version of Bludgeon features Mark Duca (vox/guitar), Ryan Blazek (drums), Carlos Alvarez (guitar), and Chris Studtmann (bass).
"World Controlled" is much more of a hardcore effort than the previous vision. This new release has more in common with the likes of Fear Factory, Hatebreed, Diecast, and even Sworn Enemy. Tracks like "Unholy Murder" and "Hunt Or Be Hunted" are tight, precise runs through battered streets and broke down buildings, each built on thick stomp riffs and a hip-hop hardcore vocal style. The production is fantastic, and for all intents and purposes this would have been a stellar record....a year ago. 2006 just has far too many bands of this style and effort, with bands like Cataract going MILES beyond this sub-par effort. I'll stick to Hatesphere, Decapitated, and Vader for my aggressive reaches. Bludgeon...well time has just passed them by.
Note - The band has a very well maintained website. Love the layout and graphics! Also of note, the tracklisting on the back of the CD is out of order. Man, I hate that.
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