Longtime Illogical Commentator, all-around Bro, and friend of the blog Steven sent this little doozy in recently, a live recording of his (former) band Hematovore ripping shit up instru-metal style way back in the heady days of 2005. Steven evacuated the four-string duties in this triple-guitar wielding shred outfit about two years ago, after turning in a FIFTEEN year stint with them. That's right: Hematovore was formed in Auburn, Alabama way, way, waaaay back in the heady days of 1992, and has been churning out epic, tasty, multi-layered axe harmonies ever since.
Upon bequeathing this wonderful recording unto me, Steven made it clear that this is not a demo, but rather a true, soundboard-quality live recording, complete with all the booze-soaked detritus that a live venue offers. And while the atmosphere of this disc might be a bit sloppy and Devil-may-care, the playing is most certainly NOT. Sure, you get the gratuitous "Drunk Guy Shouting Random Shit Into The Recording Mic" about three-quarters of the way through, along with raucous crowd noise and unexplained mutterings, but Jesus FUCK, this band is LOCKED IN. Busy, rapid-fire grooves alternate with solos and leads that can only be described as "super tasty", while the rhythm section chugs through a series of weird-time-signature acrobatics, creating a complex, thunderous, and wholly satisfying package for your headbanging enjoyment. Never has a "singer" been needed less. Fans of the Effing Champs, take note.
I have been listening to Hematovore a lot lately, completely unable to fully digest the tastiness of their riffs. They are just so tasty. So very, very tasty.
Many thanks to you, Steven. I am left with but one question: When are you gonna go full time writing for IC?
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