Bloodlands

Bloodlands / Cross To Bear – Split 7″

 

I’m lagging behind a lot, when it comes to great hardcore released in Finland in 2015, so here’s one of those records. Bloodlands is familiar to some of you from their full-length last year called Nihilistic Dimension, if not, you can read more of it here; Bloodlands – Nihilistic Dimension. They are one of those rare bands in our scene today to combine more of death and even black -metal influences into their metallic hardcore, that flirts heavily also with beatdown influences. This time Bloodlands, who are from Helsinki, have coupled together with Pori’s own real metalcore heroes, Cross To Bear. CTB might not ring a bell instantly, but be aware that this is a band that has had majority of it’s members in older finnish hardcore heavyweighs such as; Carpe Diem and Breamgod. Cross To Bear had bit of bad luck regarding their demo / untitled first release, as i understood they lost the original masters of this recording by computer glitch, so they couldn’t release it physically. This Split 7″ is the first official Cross To Bear release, they do fortunately have all songs available from that “lost demo” on their bandcamp. If you’re a fan of real proper metalcore like All Out War, Merauder or dig that mid-european vegan / edge metal like Congress or Arkangel, you should seriously take a notice. You should know to expect some skull crushing heaviness on both sides of this Split 7″, that is second release of Helsinki based punk / hardcore label Aggressive Sportwear Records (first being Paska Sakki 7″ EP).

Both bands on this split offer us two new songs and Bloodlands sets things off with Assault and you could say that the title tells all about this track here, it’s pretty straight forward with faster, even black metal influenced parts into riffing of chugging mosh, with vicious lyrics of violent assault (hence the title, get it?). Experience In Flesh continues into horror / gore-esque themes and starts another round of that death metal mosh, with some samples and nice instrumental parts to give aa break to the devastation. All in all Bloodlands have two solid tracks here, that continue the themes and style portrayed on their full-length. It’s going to be interesting to see and hear how this band comes out on their next releases, as they are already very metal -genres influenced, which direction they are going musicwise. Bloodlands are there on the board on both, metal and hardcore, so this could be recommended also to fans of Misery Index and Dying Fetus (who are obvious influences to their music).

Cross To Bear delivers us first into Mind Control, that offers nothing but pure metallic hardcore, in it’s finest form. These guys know what’s up, they know what they are doing and are doing it extremely well, Mind Control builds up crushing riffage walls, adding in some solos and harmonies. Vocalist Ville also delivers perfectly his trademark screaming and the song is all bound together into tight as nails playing. Worst Case Scenario is the second Cross To Bear track and it continues the barrage of heavy riffs and thick, solid beats that drive throughout the song, ending with brutal breakdown to offer you some serious mosh time. Cross To Bear is your answer in search of real metalcore, how it used to sound way before the whole word became more like a curse word. Below you can check out Experience In Flesh from Bloodlands off the split and Mind Control from Cross To Bear (plus their demo).

If you like what you hear and want to pick up this slab of wax, head over to:
Aggressive Sportswear Records

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Cross To Bear -Facebook
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Nihilistic Dimension

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Alright suckas! We aint’t dead yet and it’s finally time to bring this shit back for real. Without too much yidda-yadda, let’s dive in headfirst back into depths of Finnish quality hardcore / metal.

Bloodlands is relatively new band, that already showed signs of itself few years back, when this mysterious (they had masks in the photos, duh) group first emerged to the scene. Members from various Lappeenranta, Turku and Helsinki based bands had got together to give their love of death metal and metallic hardcore a new outlet. It is actually totally irrelevant which band’s members they share, what i can say that they are all guys who have been around for years and their music will speak for itself.

This four piece recorded their first full-length roughly year back and after using some time searching for a label, they decided that it’s better to put it out by themselves. Nihilistic Dimension cd brings together love of technical death metal, grindcore, hardest parts of metallic hardcore and beatdown. With so many different influences, you could  imagine that it could sound like “modern metalcore”, that’s mostly known as; a fucking bunch of crap. Fear not, with Bloodlands, there is no shadow of doubt about that, they are concentrating only to deliver straight forward brutality, beatdown parts that will knock over even most of the ultimate german megamosh-riff machines. I hear also there and there similarity to my old band .45 Stainless (a band that sounds like german beatdown, but it’s actually good, heh) and Bloodlands has definitely taken a good competition to make their beatdown parts to be the heaviest they can, is this a challenge for .45 guys then? Mostly songs on the album are still very short and it gives this even more hardcore feel and i like to talk about their music as hardcore; you can clearly hear bands like All Out War, Arkangel, Kickback and strong influence (at least in sound) from H8000 -scene. I also sense influences being drawn from old Lappeenranta metal / deathcore bands such as  (the almighty) Shed and Martyr, but i don’t know if it’s just a style they maybe want to express with Bloodlands, that there used to be more bands like this. In the 90’s there were even more different sounding bands coming all over the country, as Carpe Diem is perfect example of that. Still, Bloodlands is very unique at the moment as this style of hardcore doesn’t really exist currently in Finland and Bloodlines are surely in the frontline on bringing this kinda style back up. In near future we hopefully see more of hardcore and real metalcore hybrids and as some already know there is a new threat rising in the shores of Björneborg (also known as Pori, you know?), called Cross To Bear. Not the get too much out of topic, i’m going to add that Nihilistic Dimension provides all that you want for a nice shot of heaviness, thirteen songs full of violence and brutality, just in 23 minutes. That, if nothing else proves that Bloodlands has dropped a hardcore full-length, ’cause they don’t clock over 25 minutes.

Again we just see that Finnish hardcore scene is rich in diversity of it’s bands and that my friends, if fucking amazing thing. You can check in some tunes from Nihilistic Dimension right here;

http://bloodlands.stereokiller.com/mp3player/player.swf?id=60589&autoplay=false

And here’s a full live show from Anterok 5;

Bloodlands on Facebook

Bloodlands “Nihilistic Dimension” CD in Recordstore X (Worldwide shipping)

To add in the end, there’s lots of good things to come and lot planned for Killing The Legacy in 2015, it will be a new start for us.