Truth Corroded serve up over 40 minutes worth of extreme metal on Bloodlands. The band’s style mixes skull-cracking brutality with razor-sharp thrash metal. This is music to simultaneously get smashed up and lacerated by.
The songs are both well-written and very pleasing. The band’s sense of songwriting and thrash metal underpinning means that the brutality here is tempered by a strong sense of the needs of the song, and a firm belief in the need for affecting melody and graceful aggression. Although Bloodlands features its fair share of bludgeonings, it’s a more well-rounded album than just this, one that is powered by melodic aggression and well-structured extremity.
If you imagine a mix of bands such as Kataklysm, Malevolent Creation, and Face Down, you’ll be on the right track. I can even detect touches of a band like Skinlab here and there.
The clipped growls of the singer hit the spot nicely, and the album has a powerful, punchy production. There are riffs and solos aplenty to get your teeth into, and overall Bloodlands is a very strong package. The album also features some impressive guests from current and former members of bands such as Deftones, Suffocation, The Black Dahlia Murder, Misery Index, and Dying Fetus. The Storm and 10-minute album closer I Once Breathed also feature some understated, yet very effective female clean backing vocals.
A recommended listen.