Pim B. : Bloodphemy from the Dutch city of Amersfoort returns with their first full-length entitled ‘Bloodline’. The band was active between 2000 and 2003 and recorded a demo during those years. In 2015 they reformed and in 2016 they released the MCD ’Blood Will Tell’ through Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records. This label also releases this new album.
Opposed to the MCD some things have changed. Vocalist Arnold Oudemiddendorp (Bloodsin) has left the band. A replacement has been found. Since April 2017 Olivier van der Kruijf (Grindpad, ex-Judgement Day) is the new frontman. This means that he didn’t record vocals for this album. Those were done by Dirk Willems who has helped out the band live as well. In the past Willems used to be in the black metal band Ushtor in which drummer Edwin Nederkoorn was also active. There’s also a connection to be found in Willems’ current band Deathmarch. The guitarist in that band, Quint van Meerbeek, used to be Bloodphemy’s drummer between 2001 and 2003. The guy to this day also drums in Bodyfarm. Since I’m namedropping I can tell that members of Bloodphemy have a lot of experience. They were (or still are) active in bands such as Pleurisy, Beyond Belief, Shinigami, Bleeding Gods and Khaoz.
You can hear these guys have a lot of experience. ‘Bloodline’ is a great sounding death metal album, (partly) recorded and mixed at the Soundlodge studio. Besides the fine production the skills and compositions are up to par too. The riffs sound great and the soloing is pretty good too.. If I have to make comparisons I have to say that I hear a bit of Carcass in the riffs and melodies. I also recognize Morbid Angel. Just listen to the song ‘Soulmate’ for instance. This song also appeared on the aforementioned 2002 demo by the way. On a side note I can tell that the band re-recorded the demo song ‘Blood For Me’ for their MCD ‘Blood Will Tell’ too.
Anyway, I mentioned Carcass and Morbid Angel and you can detect other influences too. So, Bloodphemy can’t be considered the most original band but fans of well-played, catchy death metal with cool solos probably can’t be bothered. ‘Bloodline’ simply is a great album Bloodphemy can be proud off.