Two years since their self-titled debut EP, Liverpudlian quartet Death Blooms have delivered another set of crushing hardcore with ‘You Are Filth’. Over the space of four tracks, the group deliver an impressive kick to the senses.
Getting straight to it, ‘Crosses’ delves into aggressive chords and passionate growls, driven by the infectious energy of drummer Dani Partridge. Immediately segueing into a chorus reminiscent of early Deftones, not only does vocalist Paul Barrow deliver an impressive range so early on, the group also inject a melodic twist that lifts the track up, ensuring the lyrics “I want to burn the crosses from your eyes” stays firmly lodged within your head.
‘Filth’ follows up next and takes the groove elements from its predecessor and runs with it, allowing guitarist Ad Lucas to present a ferocious tone that compliments the unhinged power of the track. Stomping riffs, blast beats, and two-step ready chords lay the foundation for the thrash-tinged crowd pleaser.
With a prominent nu-metal vein flowing throughout the EP, it hits the forefront with ‘Believe’. Taking a more harmonious route, the song displays not only a softer side to Barrow’s vocals, but it also allows bassist Lee Gibbs to add alternative flourishes. With a catchy chorus and a crushing mid-section, the track cements their knack for huge choruses and solidifies the thunderous impact of their rhythm section.
Ending on ‘Rotting Away’, the group not only deliver an energetic closer, but also gives an insight to where they could go next. Taking influence from the slow tremolo of doom metal and the bouncing undercurrent of punk, the track forges an intriguing blend of styles.
With ‘You Are Filth’, Death Blooms prove their worth and rising status in the scene whilst showing their potential for a wider audience.