Vancouver B.C's Baptists have returned with a new album which shows them continuing their mixture of hardcore and death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Bloodmines" which will be released in October by Southern Lord Recordings.
Dark drone sound effects and distortion start off the album before adding in drums and after the intro the music starts to get a lot more heavier and goes for more of a brutal hardcore direction along with some aggressive screams that also bring in elements of death metal and you can also hear a decent amount of melody in the bands musical style.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts throughout the recording along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and on some of the tracks you can hear a small amount of melodic guitar leads and a heavy influence from both noise rock and post hardcore while having none of the mainstream elements of the later mentioned genre and they also keep the raw energy of punk rock that was present on their previous recordings.
Baptists remain true to their mixture of hardcore and death metal while showing some progress as musicians as well as adding more melody into t heir musical sound this time around, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and emotional themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Baptists and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wanting" "Vistas" "Festered" and "For Profit". 8 out of 10.