Bloodlet "Entheogen" CDPosted on Friday, October 27th, 2006 @ 9:03am » permalink
Florida's Bloodlet was another band thrown the "holy terror" tag that, aside from the ties of the label (yes, there was a time when the majority of the Victory Records roster was top fucking notch), had little to nothing in common with hardcore – especially from a musical perspective. I guess I'll mention that they were also referred to as "evilcore" on numerous occasions, but I always fucking hated that term, granted this is some sinister sounding shit. But these cats were at the fucking top of their game in 1996 on their first proper full-length, "Entheogen" – unloading 10 masterful cuts in nearly 50 minutes, which was pretty damn epic given the circumstances of this particular niche.
Boasting some of the most unique vocals and lyrics of their day over winding rhythmic pulses and intricate time signatures driven by a completely badass rhythm section made up of slick as fuck fretless bass runs and jazzy percussive textures, Bloodlet was without question one of the most innovative and original acts around during the height of the 90's metalcore boom – not to mention one of the most technically proficient. Some have argued this point with me over the years, but I always found Bloodlet to be one of the single most excellent live bands out there at that time as well. They'd basically take the stage, play their entire set straight through without stopping, and disappear without uttering much of anything to the audience – other than perhaps a succinct, "We're Bloodlet."
This album is just a complete fucking classic, and one that's all too painfully underrated these days. But, man, everything about this shit was insane in 1996 – the cleanliness of the recording, the atypical cover paintings (some of Aaron Turner's finest), the musicianship, and just the fucking sound of these guys. I mean, bands just didn't fucking sound like this back then, and really there's never been another band that has very directly compared to what Bloodlet created throughout their existence.
Perpetuate the sin of the fifth nothing is holy nothing is sacred begging the demons to surge kiss them on the mouth as the martyr is forgotten ascension through sacrilege forgotten benediction glorify embrace as all the angels in heaven weep take me away from here a man most abhorred to the gods my fists clench teeth grit I have witnessed your savior's demise I have watched you slice his throat and I have laughed bathe in infamy lust hypocrisy wretch.
Vocalist Scott Angelacos is currently in Hope and Suicide, which is probably the most known post-Bloodlet outlet, while bassist Art Legere currently explores more of an electronic/drum 'n' bass direction in a project called The Amen Brothers, and guitarist Matt Easley has a new band called Daisie Cutter.
Unlike many of these "holy terror" selections, "Entheogen" is still easy to get your hands on, so make the grab if you were unfortunate enough to have missed out on these dudes: