Dennis : In terms of death metal Canada has a lot of interesting bands to offer such as Kataklysm, Cryptopsy and Gorguts, but besides these well-known acts, the Canadian scene has so much more excellent death metal to offer. Blood of Christ from London, Ontario for example, the brainchild of the brothers Jeff and Jason Longo, who contributed to the scene with their Epic Dark Metal since 1993. Soon after the release of their third album ‘Breeding Chaos (Anthology III)’ in 2003 however, the band was put on ice and both brothers each went in their own direction. Jason joined Windsor’s death metal band Coprophemia and released two albums with them, Jeff formed Strings of Ares and released one album. A while back they decided to reform Blood of Christ and together with new additions Mark Chandler (Ataxia) on bass and Chris Gooding (Soul Less Divine) on vocals, last year they released their very first single ‘Echoes from the 7th Dimension’ in fourteen years, which was a teaser for the full length album to come.
On May 23rd their fourth full length album ‘Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish’ will be released through CDN Records. Together with producer Thomas Ireland the band recorded six new tracks and the track mentioned before and had Kataklysm’s Jean-Francois Dagenais master the album. On their comeback album ‘Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish’ the Blood of Christ returns stronger than ever before. Opening track ‘Bane of Pestilence’ begins with a catchy riff that sets you in the right mood for the rest of the album. The band mixes brutal death metal with unexpected breaks, progressive basslines and sometimes inaccessible riffs with atmospheric and epic passages, for instance in the third track ‘Dragooned by Jupiter’. ‘Iron River… Conquer The Wilderness’ is fine example of Blood of Christ build up a song with an ominous beginning which turns into a groovy death metal song. ‘The Cursed’ is a typical Blood of Christ track, brutal death metal with rolling bassdrums and clean epic guitar melodies and at the end a dark doom metal ending. In the title track ‘Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish’, which starts out slow, grows into a brutal death metal monsters and ends in another doom passage, the band uses weird synthesizer sounds to spice up the composition and it works really well, the song has a very distinct character.
Ever since they started out, Blood of Christ have had their very own distinctive epic dark metal sound and on this, their fourth long-player, they have managed to perfect their sound. I have always liked how Blood of Christ dared to stand out from the rest and how they experimented with their sound without crossing the boundaries of what can be done and cannot be done in death metal. With ‘Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish’ these four Canucks deliver their absolute best effort to date and hopefully they manage to step out of the shadow of the other three big Canadian death metal acts.