Wednesday 19 February 2020

Blooming Carrions - Sisters In Blooming Flesh (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Labels: Iron Bonehead Productions
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Release Date: 21 Sep 2019


1. Sisters In Blooming Flesh
2. Enchantment Of Slaughtering
3. Lehto

I've decided to carry on my dive into Finnish extremity with a review of the latest release from death metal project Blooming Carrions. This time, BC has swelled to a duo with bassist PkE joining multi-instrumentalist EvM on this new EP. I reviewed the band's 2027 debut demo Sparkling Rotten Dreams back in 2018 but they've been off my radar a little until now. 

Blooming Carrions’ blackened death is horrendously evil (in the best possible way). Title track ‘Sisters In Blooming Flesh’ is a mixture of blasting black metal and mid-paced death metal filled with Finnish murkiness. The drums sit deeper in the mix, slightly buried by the bass and guitar, while the vocals are delivered via low growls that bare no comparison. It swirls and howls like the wind.

After a brief moment of silence, the shock of ringing feedback at the beginning of ‘Enchantment Of Slaughtering’ will make you sit up straight. It’s only a brief shock and before long BC head forth into their blackened deathly furrow once more. Musically, this one bares more of an avant-garde feel (though I appreciate that descriptor is probably overused now). The guitar/bass riffs are menacing, while the drums continue to pound out a relentless pace as the vocals hold nothing back.

Closing song ‘Lehto’ is ambient at first but it doesn’t stay that way for long, as thick, almost doom-like riffs take the lead in a song that’s almost ten-minutes in length. Don’t be afraid though, as it breezes by almost effortlessly with a focused tempo that lends itself really well to BC’s extremity and darkness. 

This certainly won’t be to everybody’s tastes but in terms of extreme metal, it’s very good. It’s musically strong and the production/mixing/mastering means that it’s still got an intense raw edge without being a mess of noise. Blooming Carrions are worth investing your time in if barbaric yet intelligent heaviness is what you’re after. 

You can stream and purchase Sisters In Blooming Flesh digitally via the BC's bandcamp page below:-

Physical CD and LP copies can be purchased from Iron Bonehead Productions here:-

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