Release date: May 8th, 2017
Label: Machalía Records / Unspeakable Axe Records
Among the shitload of “new” releases that I have been buying the last couple of months, here we have this young band from Concepción. After a demo, they released this EP, first on tape under the chilean label Machalía Records, and later on CD via Unspeakable Axe Records in the U.S.
Blood Oath plays straightforward Death Metal influenced mostly by old Autopsy, so you will hardly find any surprises here. But what this album lacks in originality, it compensates with well crafted songs that pay a good homage to old school Death Metal. There’s nothing pretentious here, they do not try to reinvent anything, this is just pure fucking Death Metal like it was done in the old days.
And also one of the things that I like about this, is that you can hear everything without any effort. The bass is very present and has some good moments on the spotlight (listen to Putrid Mind for example). The drums sound powerful enough without eating the rest of the instruments.
The guitar work is very solid, not brilliant by any means but it gets the job done with decent riffs and some good solos, like the final part of Morbid Lust. The vocals sound pretty standard to my ears, but fit the music perfectly. The lyrics deal with topics about horror, insanity and of course, death.
All in all, this a very solid debut for Blood Oath. I will definitelly keep an eye on them to see what they can come up with in the future, beacuse there is a lot of potential in this young band.