Let us take you back 30 years in time. Death metal ruled the world with iconic bands like Slayer, Deicide, Napalm Death, Entombed, Obituary, Death, Pestilence and Cannibal Corpse leaving a high-speed, aggressive and unapologetic trail of carnage in their wake.
Now, fast forward to the modern day, and German death thrash metal band Bloodbeat bring us the same level of thrashing aggression through savage death metal riffs and crushing rhythms in a sound they summarize as “raw, old-school and mosh-friendly.”
Describing their sound, the band tell us: “With heavy riffs, brutal guitar sounds and crushing drumming that resembles a steamroller, we reproduce the ultimate Death Metal sound of the 90s and also add our own character. The brutal vocals add the right shell to the rough instrumental core of the music. With recognizable death metal riffs and hacking and brutal Thrash beats, the band puts a huge pressure wave in the audience’s ears. Lyrically, we reveal and reproduce Bloodbeat atrocities and abysses of humanity.”
Bloodbeat first formed in Berlin in 2014, with the aim to “merge music like Napalm Death, Slayer, Death and Terrorizer and to create a style from it.” Two years later, they recorded debut album Murderous Art before the lineup changed with new drummer Paul Hopp, bassist Fux and guitarist Daniel Dokic joining frontman Jason Kuhn. In 2018, they supported Napalm Death and Italian death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse before heading into the studio to record second album Process of Extinction.
That album will be released on 18 June and they’ve already released two singles to give us a taste for it. The latest is No Control, which opens up with stabbing guitar that continues over heavy drums and intense vocals. That continues into a wild guitar solo, which drops into heavier pounding guitars and drums under Jason’s powerful vocals. The wild, piercing guitar returns, answered by heavy chords before dropping into an outro of big screamed vocals and pounding guitars and drums. Check it out below:
That followed the album’s first single Rigor Mortis, which opens up with cool fast-paced guitars and drums and a drawn-out guitar note. It suddenly blasts into a huge scream with darting guitars and intense rolling drums that continue under Jason’s powerful opening vocals. That develops into stabbing heavy guitars under heavy vocals, then a spinning guitar riff turns into a cool little guitar solo.
Intense vocals take over with support from stabbing guitar chords and powerful drums, before ending on heavy rolling guitars and drums to bring the track to a dramatic conclusion.
On the track, the band tell us: “Expectation: bloody horror, scary. We want to confuse the audience. We wanted to create a fast and hard thrash riff that shouldn’t be easy. The vocals should be pounded in aggressively and quickly, which gives the whole thing a rough armour. We have our own video equipment and were therefore able to shoot and produce everything ourselves.” Check it out in the video below:
That gives us plenty to look forward to from the new album, but if that wasn’t enough then the band tell us: “It’s an album with a lot of anger and pressure. A gold mine for all people who love Death Thrash and want to hear it live! And for everyone who wants to catapult themselves back to the 90s and want to experience the youth again! Anyone who likes Death, Napalm Death, and Cannibal Corpse will celebrate this. Fast, powerful and recognisable parts can be found in this album. The album tells different scenarios of atrocities of humanity.”
And for a taste of their huge debut album, check out the absolutely savage Into Death:
The band’s inspiration for writing music is also intriguing, as they tell us: “When you imagine what kind of evil people there were or are still there, then many an insane riff comes to mind. Unfortunately, so many stories of mankind are evil. Many are about war. Human extinction. This is more imprinted on our brain. We write music for the old school moshpit fans too! A lot of riffs come to mind on the toilet, no joke! Of course, metal bands also influence our music writing. The album theme is rethought several times. But they are mostly atrocities committed by humanity.”
Bloodbeat’s new album Process of Extinction is out on 18 June and is available to pre-order through their record label Inverse Records now. The album will be accompanied by another music video and the band is already busy writing their third album, which they say “may get faster and more complicated.”
And the band adds: “Stay healthy! We’ll get through the fucking Covid time too. This time must never be compared with war or anything bad. But it shouldn’t be underestimated either. And hopefully there won’t be another wave of Corona in the near future, but a new wave of Death Metal! Continue to support the bands in the underground area and in social media. Gives new bands a chance.”