Released: 2014, Wormhole Death Records
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