Released: 2002, Goodfellow Records
There is nothing quite like setting yourself up for a fall. There is a very fine line between confident, self-promotion and vainglorious boasting to get attention. My initial feeling was that Bloodjinn has crossed the line into the bad. Why? The sticker that was on the CD saying something to the effect of (forgive me this is NOT a direct quote) that at this is the album, Metallica should have made after Master of Puppets. Ok, tough comment to live up to in one sense, but also that statement could apply to almost any album in my opinion as Justice is where Metallica first showed signs of weakening. So from the start I was mildly skeptical.
Bloodjinn is on the hardcore label Goodfellows but are not really hardcore at all, although they have toured with many hardcore/metalcore bands. This is their third release but only the first I have had the pleasure of hearing. After several years and a few line-up changes the founders, the Collins brothers, produced a very decent CD. The band name is exceedingly cool and the packaging and production are great. The production and mix are very reminiscent of metalcore (loose, trebly and lacking bottom end power) and on occasion have some odd electronic samples and sounds but that can be forgiven. I’d like to see a different, more elaborate logo. The name Bloodjinn (as in Jinn, the ancient evil genie-demon-type dudes) has so much potential for a better looking font and style, or even an evil mascot, the Bloodjinn.
Musically these guys border on death metal in many places with hints of thrash. It is a pretty relentless and pounding discs. The songs are kept short and the few ideas expressed in the song are developed well, instead of trying to pack way too much into a song, thus loosing it’s intensity. The track “The Last Cry” is totally out of place, a very, mellow introspective dare I say it…ballad with female vocals. It is a very good song but it caught me off guard as track six, after the head-caving slabs o’ metal of the first five songs. It has a nice clean guitar solo that could have fit on any number of 80’s power ballad type songs. Those same moods and female vocals show up again on the last tune, quite a progressive song that happens to be the title track. The vocalist was a little non-descript I felt, lacking range and power and a bit screechy. His vocals sounded like they were distorted, but I don’t think that was the case.
The lyrics were a bit…odd. When you read them they are quite melancholy and introspective, quite decent actually…but then Joel Collins the singer is screaming in a voice that portrays anger and hate not darkness and solitude. It is a weird match…sad lyrics, angry vocals. Suffice to say the band won me over and while I’m not totally convinced they are the next coming, I am convinced that they are quite good and I recommend you check them out at http://www.bloodjinn.com