Chicago’s Bloodiest return with an all new, killer, avant garde self-titled full length that couldn’t be more timely evidence that music is worth risking it all for. Think Swans by way of Jesus Lizard’s more dissonant side with moody Nick Cave-esque lows and Id-charged baritone crooning or more Birthday Party barking and you’re near to hitting the target. While the bloodflow of the Windy City’s long history of noise rock is alive and well in the pulsing heart of these eight artsy tunes, they aren’t chained to a certain decade compositionally.
Chicago's Bloodiest issued Descent in 2010, a six-track, album-length debut. It showcased a band deeply attracted to heavy, dark, atmospheric music created by trance-inducing riffs (made by three guitars), bass, piano, electronic keyboards, and massive drums, all surrounding Bruce Lamont's drone-laden vocals. It drew comparisons to records by Neurosis, Tool, and more.
If you've ever set foot in an art gallery, then you know what it's like when an artist's description of their work turns out to be way more compelling than the work itself. Clearly, the act of creating something distorts the perspective of the person making it, which means that artists can sometimes be the least qualified people to shed light on the things they make. According to the members of Bloodiest, the Chicago sextet's music is related to metal, but has more in common with composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen and Morricone.