“This is brilliant and… inhuman!” Back in the day, it was the first thing that came to my mind when I was listening to Bulletbelt’s debut album “Down In The Cold Of The Grave” for the first time. When you have an album in your hands with such great music imagery, definitely you’re waiting to hear something more from the band that has created such a thing! Now, Wellington, New Zealand’s very own Bulletbelt strikes back with their brand new album “Rise of the Banshee”.
Bulletbelt has a great taste of choosing the coolest artworks as their album cover. Their first album cover was done by their townsman and a great artist Nick Keller, which caught my attention and made me listen to the album immediately. Now, “Rise of the Banshee” artwork is done by acclaimed New York-based illustrator Scarecrowoven and yet again it is charming and powerful. “Rise of the Banshee” consists of 8 songs, same as their previous album but 10 minutes longer, spanning up to nearly 40 minutes. The album doesn’t spend a lot of its moments for an intro song, immediately starts with seven minutes long “Death Tinted Red”, which is the longest song of the album. This song completely portraits everything this Banshee album is. Fast tempo parts mixed up with catchy and melodic riffs, which is in the same direction of the debut album. “Murderer’s Collar” strikes as the second song of the album based on the same structure the first song is built on. “Sniper” and “Deathgasm” are reincarnating some of the greatest classic Thrash Metal tunes; revolving around the old school and modern Thrash Metal, which is the most of the album sounds like.
In comparison of sounds between these two Bulletbelt albums, “Down In The Cold Of The Grave” has a raw production, sounds rougher and more old-school. Both are in Thrash Metal and Black Metal forms of music, which resembles some Bathory and especially Destruction while the ex-vocalist of the band, Fergus “Fear” Nelson-Moores’ voice resembles Schmier a bit. But “Rise of the Banshee” is modernized in songwriting and production and it makes the band’s move looks a little risky and dangerous. The main reason for this risky move is “Rise of the Banshee” has some recent Arch Enemy influences/similarities and the band’s new vocalist Jolene Tempest’s voice can be compared to Alissa White-Gluz (of Arch Enemy). All together this is not a step backward while the band fully controls its modernizations and is examining modern Blackened Thrash, songs like “Minnie Dean“, “Numbered Tomb” and “Black Banshee” are portraying band’s overlook to keep the music direction in its right path, never letting it go stray but sounding as great as true old-school Blackened Thrash Metal, such as Venom and Bathory yet to be mentioned.
“Rise of the Banshee” is one of the must-have must-listen albums of 2014 that nobody wants to miss. Not a flawless complete album but still all songs are written and arranged to strike with maximum power of straight-to-the-heart riffs, rising up from the fire of a band that is so thirsty to destroy. It hasn’t been too long since Bulletbelt started their music profession and this is just the band’s second album, but to be said briefly, “Rise of the Banshee” is marked as the new dawn of Bulletbelt’s career and it is wild and brilliant.
Words by: Arash Khosronejad | Twitter: @arashkh
Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 10/01/2014
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