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BULLET STORM OF BLADES REVIEW 2014

 

BULLET - STORM OF BLADES

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

SEPTEMBER 5 2014

 

 

Bullet is one of those bands that I’ve always enjoyed. The sort of band that strikes you as being as honest as the day is long and the last band that will ever jump on a bandwagon. This September sees the Växjö, Sweden-based five-piece release their fifth full-length. Time has certainly flown since ‘Heading For the Top’ and a quick flick through the archives finds that The Rockpit has all of their previous long-players! (Surely the sign of a great band!)

 

On board this time is new guitarist Alexander Lybro, but otherwise the line-up remains unchanged.  Best of all though I’m happy to say that after first listen Bullet is in sparkling form: heavy as hell, rawer than they have been on their previous few outings, and on tracks like the title track here they take things to new levels of heaviness for the band, and for once it’s nice to agree with the bio that cites the ‘Heavy Metal Highway’ single release from back in the day as the jumping off point for the sound. Of course as musicians the band has come a long way since that first release and so what you get is a more intense though still at times raw approach to the material.

 

Can’t get enough Metal this year as we head into that final stretch? Looking for an album you’ll be playing long after 2014 clicks over? Then give Bullet at try as this just may be their most complete album to date. And if the gloriously heavy title track doesn’t stop you in your tracks with its Priest-like riff then there’s plenty more on offer here.


Try ‘Tornado’, currently our office favorite, which veers more towards classic AC/DC or the Judas Priest echoes of ‘Hawk Eyes’. Want more? There are riffs that will lodge in the brain here and perhaps none better than ‘Riding High’ or ‘This One’s For You’ then round off a thoroughly great listen with ‘Run With the Hunted’ the classic closer!  This album is immense!


Let’s leave you with a final word from the press release that says it all really about why you need to witness this band live: “We will raise hell, we will drink beer, we will bang our heads together and kill grunge... again! Prepare for the storm of blades!” Indeed!

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

BULLET STORM OF BLADES REVIEW 2014