Blood Money

Battlescarred

90%
1 review

Battlescarred reviews

90%
DeathRiderDoom on December 21st, 2009

Insanely Aggressive Follow-Up!

Blood Money – Battle scarred.

Sometimes when listening to this album, I can neither really tell it apart from severely tough NWOBHM (like Savage or Venom), or these guys amazing debut put out a couple years earlier. If you’ve read my review of said debut, you know that I am of the impression that this is one of the finest British thrash bands of the 80’s. The sound these guys have is pretty damn original, and extremely attitude-laden, mixing NWOBHM (in the vein of Samurai, Buffalo, Tank, Motorhead and Venom), with modified thrashier riffage and drums. It was a tough act to follow, but here this awesome and criminally underrated band produces a worthy successor to the 1986 offering. This one kicks ass, takes no prisoners and is utterly headbangable, receiving regular plays, and rockin’ me out on every damn occasion. Strongly recommend.

While pretty much every song on the album kicks ass in the same vein. ‘Wolfboat’ has some awesome, incredibly Motorhead/Venom sounding riffage, with the main riff sounding like something form the ‘Bomber’, ‘Welcome to Hell’ or ‘Ace of Spades’ albums. This one also features cool lyrics about World War Two, and is of course, delivered at an incredible pace. I really dig the riffs in this one, and as a result, it gets stuck in my head quite a bit. Hard to tell which songs are better than others, coz they all pretty much sound the same, though remain ass-kicking. The songs of this album manage to sound exactly the same as on the first album. The vocals of Foxx, and the rumbling riffs in ‘Mutant’ could just as easily fit into ‘Stormer’ or ‘Metalyzed’ from the debut. Who cares? This is badass! Solos in tracks like this are passable too, having a nice ripping pace, and some guitar effect that works well with the bands dark, evil sorta tone (told you it was Venom-ous). ‘The Legend’ is a very pounding, heavy track, while ‘Shapeshifter’ is a lightning paced, evil dominator. All tracks are similar, and all very strong.

As I mention in my review of the debut, Foxx has an awesome, booming and very NWOBHMish voice, which gives the band a decent portion of it’s flavour. He has a loud, very low bellow, and belts out dark lyrics that fit well with the fast paced, buzzsaw guitar, and smashing, crashing, heavy drums. His vocal phrasing always stands out too. Where in NZFEDK he came up with some standout, off time phrasing, here he crafts some cool positioning in the evil, evil ‘The Legend’. Foxx is capable of pitch changes at high speeds (chorus to the evil horror song ‘Shapeshifter’) and of holding strong notes in vibrato with ease. Drummer Brett Avok is on form too, as was he on the debut. In the aforementioned track, he’s pounding out fast paced rhythms, and some heavy, aggressive fills. Watch for him in the intro of ‘Charnal House’ too, a brilliant, driving dark number that relies on his constant pounding of cymbals, and heavy tom fills. Guitars are awesome; very inventive, while sounding very much like Venom in tone. Blood Money is probably a little more technically talented than said band though, and Venom has always professed their relative lack of technical accomplishment on the instruments.

Just a stunning band here producing a whole album of start-to-finish kickass Venomish speed/thrash. This is pretty much every bit as good as the excellent debut, and is of better recording quality. I really love the sound these guys have, and impressed they were able to follow up on the debut, and keep things in the same kickass vein, without attempting to veer off and try some the other contemporary or emerging sounds that were going on. I love Foxx’s vocals, and really enjoy the bands sound as a whole. I can’t really think of any band that sounds quite like this, and it’s truly criminal how relatively unknown these guys are, say compared to Onslaught or Xentrix. NWOBHMish thrash with an evil, dark sound, occult lyrics dealing with horror, caustic and biting guitars and heavy pounding drums, and most songs with breakneck pace. I can’t fathom any NWOBHM or thrash fan not absolutely loving this, and utterly recommend it.-DeathRiderDoom

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Battlescarred track list

1Battlescarred05:14
2Wolfboat03:49
3Mutant05:04
4The Legend (Aghati)03:32
5Charnal House (House of Death)03:49
6Shapeshifter04:15
7Caligula05:10
8Bird or Beast04:24
9Atlantis03:21
10Evil Bitch04:15

Battlescarred lineup

Danny FoxxVocals
Dale LeeBass
Brett "Avok" RobertsonDrums
Gramie DeeGuitars