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Released: 2003, Black Lotus
The good people at Black Lotus have sent us a number of new releases and I am going to do a little focus on four releases on this veteran Greek label. Enjoy the reviews (Bullethole, Enshadowed, Hortus Animae, Naer Mataron) and don’t forget to check out our Black Lotus contest in our contest section. The answers to the trivia contest are found in these reviews so read all of them carefully and enter for your chance to win a CD from Black Lotus!
Yet another band with the term bullet in their name. Bullethole are a Greek three piece band that mix modern thrash with hardcore. It’s kinda metalcore I suppose although I’m not fully sure what that term means because the ‘core’ of this isn’t really metal. It’s more like Hatebreed or something.
Opening track Twist The Knife was heavy and fast but I knew right away I wasn’t going to be thrilled with the disc. Following the theory that the best/strongest song starts the album I felt I didn’t have much to look forward to.
The songs were all very similar the arrangments were pretty straightforward. The production was pretty poor, The drum sound very thin and the snare, a really high tiny punk sound. The vocals were pretty non-descript, kinda the monotone shouting that is popular with the hardcore kids. More much range, power of force…just yelling for the sake of yelling.
The whole album clips along at a good pace and the energy is there but it lacked dynamics and therefore had little appeal, the songs just weren’t catchy or memorable. The last cut was a gentle and dark instrumental which was actually my favorite song on the disc, more of an ambient, dark-wave, sound-scape. Not bad, not great
1. Twist The Knife
3. Nothing Will Remain
4. Broken Lies, Shattered Alibi’s
5. Thorn In Their Back
8. Now I Know
9. Moment of Hate
Costas P- Vocals
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