Norwegian punks Blood Command are nothing if not unique. Their brand of ‘deathpop’ pulls together angry classic punk and catchy alternative rock, and the band themselves have been on the go for just over a decade now.
Coming back with their fourth EP, ‘Rise Of The Arsonist’, the conceptual successor to 2011’s ‘Hand Us The Alphamale’, the Norwegians show that they have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon.
The EP goes by in a flash, with all six songs totaling in at under 14 minutes. Opener ‘Don’t Strike A Match, Use The Lighter’ starts with nearly a minute of ominous instrumentation, before the band kick in and give us another minute of sheer punk energy; Karina Ljone‘s voice genuinely sounds like the closest to a banshee that a human voice can get. The inventively-titled ‘S01E02.Return.Of.The.Arsonist.720p.HDTV.x264’ also hits as hard as a classic punk song, with an anthemic chorus that would quite easily be suitable for an arena.
‘Ritual Knife’ is a short-but-sweet blast of energy, clocking in at a mere 57-seconds. Therefore, the band waste no time in delivering a hard-hitting tune. The song might be short, but it’s still long enough to deliver its point.
Closing track, ‘Afraid Of Water’ opens with a guitar riff that isn’t too dissimilar from something that you’d find from ‘Take Off Your Pants And Jacket’ era Blink-182, and it really just speaks for itself. It’s a classic pop-punk style anthem.
‘Return Of The Arsonist’ is a really fun yet short EP to listen to. Mixing the raw energy of classic punk with the anthemic and catchy elements pop-punk and alternative rock, Blood Command are a band that deserve every success.
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