Released: 2009, Candlelight Records
Reviewer: Mr. Rock
Obituary founders John and Donald Tardy are back with their first release under the moniker Tardy Brothers. With friends Ralph Santolla (Obituary / Death / Deicide) and original Xecutioner guitarist Jerry Tidwell providing the guitar work, along with solos by John Lee and long time friend Scott Johnson, BLOODLINE is a powerful disc that falls inline with the impressive Obituary catalog. Not to worry Obituary fans…this is not the end of the band but instead, this is a musical release for the brothers; a chance to work with new musicians while not being confined to the Obituary sound (though it still does, obviously, sound like Obituary).
BLOODLINE is impressive on a few different levels. The musicianship of the band can not be questioned, and the material is catchy, while remaining brutal. The music itself is very mid-tempo, which does allow for some big, almost southern-style grooves.
“Bring You Down” sets the tone for the disc – mid-tempo chugging riffs with John’s menacing growl. “Bloodline” continues the pace, then the album slows a little with “I’m Alive”. “Deep Down” picks up the speed again nicely, however the album stalls with “Wired”, an instrumental that is filler and simply does not belong here. But “Fate’s Call” sees the disc regain it’s momentum until the end.
BLOODLINE is a good disc, but I doubt that it will make anyone forget about Obituary. The Tardy Brothers (and friends) are talented, well respected musicians, and BLOODLINE is simply another outlet for their art.