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Bleeding Utopia
Darkest Potency
June 2014
Released: 2014, Wormhole Death Records
Rating: 1.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Swedish melodic Deathsters Bleeding Utopia have returned with their second album "Darkest Potency". From the outset it seems clear that their intention was to tick every box on the list of cliches of Swedish Death Metal.



Opener "Blackest Blood" vomits forth from the speakers with a laughable sample followed by rote, simplistic riffing that was presumably supposed to come on like a tsunami but was never more intense than a light shower. It is followed by "Your Kingdom Will Fall", where yet again brutality is sacrificed on the altar of melody.



By the time third track "This Is Where We Die" oozes forth from whence it came it becomes painfully clear that Bleeding Utopia desperately want to be Amon Amarth. Vocalist Henrik Wenngren even apes Johan Hegg at every available opportunity.



"I Will Return" and "All life Withers" are more of the same sickly pap.



Welcome relief is found in the sixth track "Your Lifeless Sire", which exudes rage and malice. It is if they put their teeth back in and remembered that are supposed to be a Death Metal Band! Alas, it was not to last.



"Bring Me Your Dead" opens with a impressive scream, but soon dribbles back into the same hackneyed mess as before. My hopes were cruelly raised with the truly vicious chorus, but are soon dashed by a sickening riff that is so sugary it makes me glad that I am not diabetic.



"Until Death Collects Us" was just yawn-inducing.



I allowed my self a wry smile when "Nighttime Divine" begun because Bleeding Utopia had clicked that final box on the list of Swedish Metal (and Metal in general) cliches: the self-conscious epic. They were striving for vast in scope, but only came across as desperate and cheesy.



There is very little to like here. The guitar tone is fairly impressive and Jocke Skog's drumming was the best thing about the album. However, the negatives here are legion. The nauseating overuse of melody, and riffing that sometimes borders on plagiarism and the derivative vocals. One to avoid.



Review by Owen Thompson
Track Listing

1) Blackest Of Blood
2) Your Kingdom Will Fall
3) This Is Where We Die
4) I Will Return
5) All Life Withers
6) Your Lifeless Sire
7) Bring Me Your Dead
8) Until Death Collects Us All
9) Nighttime Divine

Lineup

David Ahlen - Bass
Joakim Bergros - Guitar
Andreas Moren - Guitar
Henrik Wenngren - Vocals
Jocke Skog - Drums

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Bleeding Utopia
Darkest Potency
July 2014
Released: 2014, Bleeding Music Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Sweden is known for many things the world-over: IKEA, Abba, Absolut vodka and revered as one of the world's most beautiful countries. Cheesy pop-aside, the country is also known for its metal export: melodic death metal. The Gothenburg sound is a hallmark subgenre within the confines of death metal and the influence is has established is both prominent and far-reaching. For a genre often thought of as an ugly assault on the aural (and wider) senses, it threads a degree of beauty through it and creates memorable, pleasing melodies.



BLEEDING UTOPIA's sophomore “Darkest Potency” is anything but beautiful. It is a snarling, rabid beast full of Andreas Morén and Joakim Bergros' squalling riffs, IRON MAIDEN-esque harmonised leads and David Ahlén's vicious screams. Death seems to be the central topic of the album, with seven of the album's nine tracks having the word, its variants or allusions to it within the title itself. This is not an album to relax you after a day at work.



“Blackest Of Bloods” opens proceedings with venom and fury, the ominous sampled phrase “We are all evil in some way, aren't we?” giving way to a scurrying riff and blasting drums (performed by the ever-awesome Kevin Talley) which never lets up throughout the remainder of the album. “I Will Return” incorporates some delicious harmonised riffs and leads, whilst penultimate track “Until Death Collects Them All” also softens proceedings with a melodic, half-time centre before returning to bristling fury. However, the final track, “Nighttime Divine”, offers an ominous after-burn to the album. Slowing (just a little) to somewhere in the region of mid-tempo stomp, it burns slowly but with an authoritative power – this is the final track of the album and you shall know it.



It isn't just an album of relentless thrashing riffs; there are grooves to be had. Punctuating and accenting where needed, it works seamlessly with the rest of the onslaught. However there are times where it feels a bit too much – only the latter stages of the album in “Bring Me Your Dead” and “Nighttime Divine” do BLEEDING UTOPIA let up and allow some dynamics to come into play. It is a welcome addition as it adds an extra layer of variation; let the tide recede and the returning wave will have a bigger impact. It is what makes the above two the best tracks on the album.



“Darkest Potency” is certainly a potent album and one that anyone in search of an aggressive album with hints of melodicism will thoroughly enjoy. There is a lack of variation which may make the aural assault a little tiring, but it is in the same vein as early Swedish pioneers IN FLAMES and AT THE GATES. For a band that has been around since 2003 (under two different names) and endured numerous lineup changes, BLEEDING UTOPIA have locked down a sound approach that will serve future releases well.



Review by: Lee Carter
Track Listing

1. Blackest Of Bloods
2. Your Kingdom Will Fall
3. This Is Where We Die
4. I Will Return
5. All Life Withers
6. Your Lifeless Sire
7. Bring Me Your Dead
8. Until Death Collects Them All
9. Nighttime Divine

Lineup

Andreas Morén – Guitar,
Joakim Bergros – Guitar,
David Ahlén – Voclas,
Kevin Talley – Studio Drums.

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