Released: 2011, Ultimhate Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
From Outback to out in front, Aussie annihilators Truth Corroded have blown away all previous
efforts with their fourth studio album ‘Worship The Bled’. It’s not a bad legacy considering that many bands who have been in the game a good deal longer and should know better struggle to maintain a winning streak. Just to up the difficulty factor a little more, Truth Corroded have put Worship The Bled together at a time when yet again their line-up is in flux – an event with much the same consistency as the changes in your average soap opera cast.
Still, as opposed to cobbling together any old thing and riding off past praise, the band haven’t taken their foot off the accelerator for one moment. As a result not only is Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry back behind the desk, he’s also got his fingers on the fretboard at one point, and Truth Corroded have even wrangled Kevin Talley (Chimaira, Daath, Six Feet Under, Misery Index) to play session drums.
It’s not all new ground though. Truth Corroded are as brutal as ever, a veritable lightning rod for extreme metal that you’d be more than happy to receive a few jolts from. Equally, the song names haven’t got any less bleak, but in a world that has driven people to sit around in tent villages and loot Sports Direct, bleak is perhaps apt. On the whole the album has a sort of tense energy to it, resulting in a real sense of occasion and atmosphere about it. This is heightened by the ominous and faintly Aboriginal tribal beginning of lead track ‘Knives Of The Betrayed’, and scary-movie-strings of mid-point ‘The Great Waste Of Flesh’.
Talley gives the skins a frantic going over in ‘Scavengers’, whereas things take a slightly slower pace in the choppy groove of following track ‘Remnants’. On the face of it ‘Dragged Beneath’ is Truth Corroded’s classic thrash style, whilst flirting with the charms of black metal, but as the song hits its final third the unexpected use of violins brings a new tragic note that draws you that bit further into its depths. As in previous album ‘Upon The Warlords Crawl’, Worship The Bled closes with the kind of outstanding epic that feels as though it should come in three acts. If I’ve said it before, forgive me for saying it again, but Truth Corroded are a band who need few tips in song structure.
In fact the only thing against Truth Corroded is that they’re not perhaps as well known worldwide as they deserve to be. If they’re fazed by that though, Worship The Bled doesn’t show one ripple of it in its confident persona. ‘If you want blood, you’ve got it’ may be the words of fellow Aussies AC/DC, but it’s a sentiment Truth Corroded appear to share – and there’s plenty to go round.
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs