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Bedtime Prayers - Blinded Colony

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Artist: Blinded Colony / Audio CD released 2007-03-26 at Pivotal

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      23.02.2008 19:55
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      Blinded Colony's second album (2007).

      Blinded Colony is just another in a tediously long line of bands to have sprung up since bands like In Flames and Soilwork corrupted their sound and entered the rock mainstream, and this album is far from being an impressive copy-cat, despite originating in Sweden which ought to at least add some authenticity.

      The sound here is as much metalcore as it is melodic death metal, the latter only in the modern In Flames sense rather than the more authentic and exceptional stuff, and it's an irritatingly repetitive listening experience of guitar riffs and drum slaps synchronised against a background of bland eighties synthesiser, in a seemingly desperate attempt to add some melody. Denny Axelsson's vocals are the only element to really stand out, and not in a particularly good way - his raspy yells sound indistinguishable from pretty much every other melodic death metal band attempting to sound like hardcore vocalists, and his inevitable clean singing is as piercing and whiney as his mainstream contemporaries, not to mention the terrible Slipknot-style tortured whisperings inserted into a few songs before the eruption back into violence fails to take us by surprise.

      A few of these songs would be fairly decent melodic death metal, if bands like At the Gates hadn't already recorded superior versions over a decade earlier. '21st Century Holocaust' is the most convincingly aggressive and suited to its name, while others such as 'Need' feel overly aggressive in a pointless sort of way. The worst are the more metalcore-influenced songs in which Axelsson shows off his lousy singing talents, particularly 'Revelation, Now!' while 'Aaron's Sons' fails to hide its Soilwork influence completely by opening with a cheesy eighties keyboard melody that wouldn't have been out of place on (the superior) 'Natural Born Chaos.'

      At only thirty-eight minutes this is hardly the most generous album, especially considering three of its songs were already available on an earlier promo release, but perhaps another song following exactly the same style as the rest would simply have been too much to bear.

      1. My Halo
      2. Bedtime Prayers
      3. Once Bitten Twice Shy
      4. Need
      5. Revelation, Now!
      6. 21st Century Holocaust
      7. Aaron's Sons
      8. In Here
      9. Heart

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 My Halo
      2 Bedtime Prayers
      3 Once Bitten Twice Shy
      4 Need
      5 Revelation Now
      6 21st Century Holocaust
      7 Aaron's Sons
      8 In Here
      9 Heart