Pori has always been a fertile ground on finnish hardcore, producing excellent bands, which of most cover very different styles of hardcore. This time we’re going deep back into golden ’90’s, mid to late specifically, when Rauma (smaller town near Pori) and Pori brought the scene a metallic hardcore band in form of Bloodoath. I remember this band’s name on some finnish record’s thanks lists and such, but had never heard anything they had recorded and while visiting Mr. Linden a while back, i found out that the band did record a demo tape, which was the only “official” release they ever did. Bloodoath’s sound comes together from direct influence of bands around that time, in 1998, such as: Carpe Diem, Breamgod, Equity, Shed and Down My Throat. So except some heavy, metal-ridden, chugging hardcore, that is very straight forward and tough guy sounding. Recording from tape to pc isn’t again top notch quality, but little bit better than on my couple last tape transfers (Endstand and Equity).
Bloodoath Demo ’98 delivers intro plus four tracks and Intro / Left Behind starts off the tape. What particulary like on this demo, vocals are hard and evil sounding and the songs are not that technical or fancy, it’s all pure forward pushing heavy hardcore. There some influence from heavy metal influenced belgium bands such as Length Of Time and maybe some Congress, but not much of melodic riffing that or anything that LOT did a lot. Second song Gone is just plain heavy track, there’s nothing special, but vocals come to sound little bit time to time on chorus of Death From Above’s vocalist Sasu, who is without a doubt,my all-time favourite of finnish hardcore vocalists. Rest two tracks are Die Away and Disguise, both good solid stuff as well and with a promising demo like this, these guys should have done more music, it would have been even harder and heavier for sure. Bloodoath remains as a curiosity for the enthuastics like me, who are interested on their scene’s history. Here’s yet another great, forgotten band from the late ’90’s. For fans of heavy hardcore in general and old Hatebreed, Congress, Breamgod etc. If you have any info, stories, anything about this band, please let me know!
Link full download link deleted, i’ll add sample tracks & cover art later.