Bloodswamp – Daylight Illuminates A Miserable World


Artist: Bloodswamp

Album: Daylight Illuminates A Miserable World

Label: Independent

Release Date: 01/05/2020

Country: United Kingdom

Today we look at a band featuring one of our page’s writers, I’m talking about Bloodswamp and their debut full-length album Daylight Illuminates A Miserable World which was released back in May.

As mentioned, one of our team members is in this band, Will J or as he is known on the release W is the band’s guitarist and vocalist. He submitted this album for review a while before joining the team and we are finally getting to it now.

So, let’s look at Bloodswamp, who hail from London and play a blend of blackened sludge, doom, drone and post metal. The band formed last year and features (drums), R. (bass and noise, W. (guitar and vocals and T (guitar).

The band have a unique style, blending brooding acoustic segments with harsh vocals, repetitive chords, distortion and downtuned heavy segments. The moorish trudging of the drone influenced sludge segments combined with the contrasting lightness of the post black metal elements make for a truly diverse listening experience. The acoustic segments really are a blessing on this album, they create a lot of atmosphere and help to shape the band’s unique sound and style. For a band that only formed last year, they have done a great job creating something that is truly theirs, not many acts find their identity so early on in their lifespan.

The album opens with Decline and Decay, two concepts that are truly felt in the atmosphere of the music presented. We open with a dark and depressive acoustic guitar section that begins to pick up approaching the 2-minute mark, with the harsh black metal inspired electric guitar kicking in not long after. A little while later we have the vocals finally appear in the mix, they are atmospheric, hazy and are presented low in the mix, adding plenty of atmosphere to them. We shift back towards the acoustic as the track goes on, but suddenly break out into some fantastic guitar work and harsh vocals as the end draws near.

Track 2 Mindful-Less immediately starts out in a more doom/sludge inspired direction from the first note. We get slow, downtuned fuzzy guitar up until the 2-minute mark when things abruptly shift into black metal territory. Things remain harsh and raw until around the 5 minute mark when we shift into a much more post metal setting. The guitar work from this point through to the end of the track is fantastic and worth a listen.

Track 3 Julice is a dark ambient track, with a brooding and ominous atmosphere. It’s a nice break between track 2 and 4 and helps to solidify the overall aesthetic of the album.

Track 4 Portrait (which we premiered the lyric video for this morning) leans much more into black metal territory but still features plenty of doom/sludge influences, particularly with some of the riffs present. We get a mixture of harsh and heavy until around the 3:30 mark when things take an abrupt turn, and we are hit with an atmospheric acoustic section. Which ultimately becomes a post rock style segment with some splashes of faded, distorted harsh vocals here and there through to the end of the track.

Track 5 On the Threshold of the Void starts off with an almost depressive black metal vibe to it. Menacing yet atmosphere laden guitars pair whispered black metal vocals which eventually give way to an ambient/noise segment through to almost the 5-minute mark. We’re then hit with some heavy chugging guitar work for around a minute and a half which breaks down into black metal shredding. Around the 8-minute mark the song collapses into a harsh noise segment laden with feedback and distortion, which takes us through to the end.

Finally we have Analogy, which is by far the longest song on the album, coming in at 13:55. The track kicks off with what is essentially doom death, with some slow and HEAVY guitar work and drumming, as well as harsh vocals. Around 3 minutes this randomly gives way to an acoustic section which is initially paired with black metal vocals. This shifts shortly after and the vocals are then laid over some quieter feedback and electric guitar. This continues until we get a stoner rock style guitar solo that really rocks out for several minutes. We start to get some spacy effects added in for atmosphere while the guitar just keeps shredding on and on. Until around 10 minutes the song begins to break apart, things become noisy and clunky and harsh feedback and distortion appear, with the track ending on what is very much a harsh noise note.

So overall this is a truly engaging listening experience filled with variety and experimentation, as well as atmosphere. The band don’t really follow the rules of what styles of music go together, such as using an acoustic segment in the same song as harsh noise, sludge and black metal. If you want to listen to something unique that will also challenge you then I highly suggest that you give this a spin.

Listen to the full album below:



Watch the Lyric Video for Portrait Here:

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