Released: 2005, Black Lotus Records
Searing I is a young band that comes from the mighty Sweden, Uppsala to be exact. After listening to their debut album for several times, I can say that they couldn’t have picked a better title than BLOODSHRED. These young Swedes can surely play killer, groovy and technical Thrash Metal that will appeal to fans of The Haunted, Carnal Forge, At The Gates and some Fear Factory from the early days, but don’t worry, no Nu-Metal crap here, you will only get a deadly balls-out Thrash Attack.
One thing that is clear when listening to BLOODSHRED, is that the band didn´t even try to break any new ground with their music. It is an extremely well played Thrash Metal CD full of – I have heard a million if not a trillion times – rhythms, drumbeats and everything else within the genre. But still, I guess that if you are a sucker for this style of music, just like me, it won´t bother you, cause killers like “Empty Threats”, “The Gift/The Curse” and most of the heavy and groovy songs will give you the fix you need.
A very positive point I do find in this debut by Searing I, is that even if the band is as unoriginal as a Xerox copy, they manage to insert solos in most of the songs, and to tell you the truth, these are pretty cool and add a fresh sound into the overall product.
In the production department, guitars, bass and vocals sound pretty heavy. The only problem I see here, is that the drums somehow sound like if the were underwater, padded or something like that, just listen to the snare drum to get an idea. I mean the drums sound is really clear, but they somehow sound to plastic and synthetic I guess, and that is something of a turn off, at least for me.
So now you know Thrashers of the world. If you want more Thrash Metal in the vein of greats like The Haunted, Carnal Forge and anything in between, you can’t go wrong with Searing I’s debut BLOODSHRED, it will give you that special need to bang your head. On the other hand, if you haven’t heard the aforementioned bands, get their releases first, and then if you want more, here is the next path to travel in order to get pummeled. Stay Heavy!!!