Album Reviews: Bloodclot ‘Up In Arms’

07/14/2017

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Dillon Price

Dillon Price

Dillon Price is the founder and sole author of Sound Renaissance. With a background in English and mass communications and a passion for independent music, Price launched SR in 2016.

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Genre: Hardcore, punk
Release Date: 7/14/2017
Label: Metal Blade Records
Purchase: MP3 / CD / Vinyl

When hardcore frontman, John Joseph, isn’t spreading his Krishna-vegan credo or competing in Iron 500 competitions, he’s still tearing up the stage with iconic hardcore-punk band, the Cro-Mags. And while the Cro-Mags remain as one of the most influential bands in hardcore, they seem to have hit a dead end. Without Harley Flanagan or Paris Mayhew, the Cro-Mags are nothing more than a post-Cro-Mags karaoke fest with absolutely no new material to speak of. But we’re not here to talk about the Cro-Mags. John Joseph finds regeneration in his new band and supergroup, Bloodclot. This isn’t a joint-effort of hardcore-punk old-timers attempting to recapture the glory days. This is a collaborative oeuvre comprising of Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law, Danzig), Joey C. (Queens Of The Stone Age, B’last), and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Dwarves). Now the group has released their debut album, titled Up In Arms, via Metal Blade.

John Joseph is one of the most seasoned singers in hardcore-punk. With a dab of soulfulness, he shouts and clamors his way through an attack of bold drums, shredding guitar riffs, and hammering bass-lines. His lyrics are politically driven through the left-right paradigm and straight to the corporate elite. But unlike listening Alex Jones’ radio show, I have yet to hear about the ‘frogs turning gay’ in JJ’s lyrics. That makes them far more convincing and tolerable. But politics aside, his lyrics are downright spiritual on “Prayer” and “Siva/Rudra.” He sings about the doomsday scenarios often espoused in various religions; as heard on “Kali” and “Soldiers of the New Babylon.” But while he may be a good singer, I wouldn’t exactly regard him as the driving force behind this band.

Oliveri is one of the most multifaceted bassists in punk rock, and you can hear his bass throb with vigor through the intervals of “Kali” and “Siva/Rudra.” His bonafides are rooted in Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss, but he’s also offered up his bass-work in The Dwarves, BL’AST, and Svetlanas. Todd Youth introduces the album with a lengthy guitar shred on opener and title track, “Up In Arms.” If you listen to his guitar-work on “Kill The Beast” and “Slow Kill Genocide,” his revolving lead riffs strike a resemblance to Murphy’s Law tracks like “California Pipeline” and “Care Bear.”

Everything about the group’s debut album is fresh and evolving. It embodies the driving energy of Cro-Mag’s Age Of Quarrel with some Eastern melodies and metal riffs thrown into the mix. But that should come as no surprise considering the seasoned and diverse lineup. Hopefully Bloodclot won’t be a one time entity only to be obscured in years to come. Oliveri and Youth really brought this project to life. They kick off their tour with Negative Approach today, which hints at something more steadfast than a single-album collaboration.

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07/14/2017

by Dillon Price

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Genre: Hardcore, punk
Release Date: 7/14/2017
Label: Metal Blade Records
Purchase: MP3 / CD / Vinyl

When hardcore frontman, John Joseph, isn’t spreading his Krishna-vegan credo or competing in Iron 500 competitions, he’s still tearing up the stage with iconic hardcore-punk band, the Cro-Mags. And while the Cro-Mags remain as one of the most influential bands in hardcore, they seem to have hit a dead end. Without Harley Flanagan or Paris Mayhew, the Cro-Mags are nothing more than a post-Cro-Mags karaoke fest with absolutely no new material to speak of. But we’re not here to talk about the Cro-Mags. John Joseph finds regeneration in his new band and supergroup, Bloodclot. This isn’t a joint-effort of hardcore-punk old-timers attempting to recapture the glory days. This is a collaborative oeuvre comprising of Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law, Danzig), Joey C. (Queens Of The Stone Age, B’last), and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Dwarves). Now the group has released their debut album, titled Up In Arms, via Metal Blade.

John Joseph is one of the most seasoned singers in hardcore-punk. With a dab of soulfulness, he shouts and clamors his way through an attack of bold drums, shredding guitar riffs, and hammering bass-lines. His lyrics are politically driven through the left-right paradigm and straight to the corporate elite. But unlike listening Alex Jones’ radio show, I have yet to hear about the ‘frogs turning gay’ in JJ’s lyrics. That makes them far more convincing and tolerable. But politics aside, his lyrics are downright spiritual on “Prayer” and “Siva/Rudra.” He sings about the doomsday scenarios often espoused in various religions; as heard on “Kali” and “Soldiers of the New Babylon.” But while he may be a good singer, I wouldn’t exactly regard him as the driving force behind this band.

Oliveri is one of the most multifaceted bassists in punk rock, and you can hear his bass throb with vigor through the intervals of “Kali” and “Siva/Rudra.” His bonafides are rooted in Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss, but he’s also offered up his bass-work in The Dwarves, BL’AST, and Svetlanas. Todd Youth introduces the album with a lengthy guitar shred on opener and title track, “Up In Arms.” If you listen to his guitar-work on “Kill The Beast” and “Slow Kill Genocide,” his revolving lead riffs strike a resemblance to Murphy’s Law tracks like “California Pipeline” and “Care Bear.”

Everything about the group’s debut album is fresh and evolving. It embodies the driving energy of Cro-Mag’s Age Of Quarrel with some Eastern melodies and metal riffs thrown into the mix. But that should come as no surprise considering the seasoned and diverse lineup. Hopefully Bloodclot won’t be a one time entity only to be obscured in years to come. Oliveri and Youth really brought this project to life. They kick off their tour with Negative Approach today, which hints at something more steadfast than a single-album collaboration.

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