Sicktus : Grab your spikes, bullet belts and battle jackets, because the Australians of Bloodlust have come to spit their secondborn in your face! To immediately jump the gun: musically, it isn’t all that. It isn’t quite terrible, but above all, ‘At The Devil’s Left Hand’ gives me a feeling I’ve heard this all before, a gazillion times, and better.
We get fast, aggressive, hot-spirited black’n’roll thrash, seasoned with some heavy and speed metal elements. In the more heavy influenced tracks (‘Witchfyre’), Bloodlust adds a little to the pile of clichés – even though it is just more clichés from a different genre – which leads to something that is actually enjoyable. Most tracks on ‘At The Devil’s Left Hand’ though are rather boring due to a lack of tension. The music of the trio has the genre’s mandatory pompous, warring lyrics and thematic – or perhaps I should just say antics. Go Satan, you unholy blasphemous badass boss, we’re your black magic soldiers in the battle for... Etcetera. Sigh. Some bands pull this off, are able to either make it fun and self-mocking, other bands actually manage to do this thing in a convincing way. Bloodlust... Well, they don’t. It just comes across as something they do because, well, that is what you’re supposed to do, as a Satanic black thrashing metal band, aren’t you? Tiresome.
If your record collection is dominated by Impiety, Nunslaughter, Destroyer 666 and Bestial Warlust though, you’ll probably think I didn’t quite “get it”, and you’ll undoubtedly enjoy this album.