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Bludgeon

World Controlled

(Magic Circle; US: 18 Jul 2006; UK: 29 May 2006)

If you give your band a name as obvious as Bludgeon, you had better deliver the goods musically, and for the first three songs on their second album, the Chicago band churns out a passable version of metalcore that leans a little more toward the hardcore side. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for repetition to set in, as all the mid-tempo beats, crunching riffs, and uncharismatic vocals begin to deaden the senses. “Awakening” is a valiant attempt at death metal blastbeats, but the production by Joey DiMaio (that’s right, the dude from Manowar) is stale at best, rendering what should be a punishing album into something as brutal as a Nerf ball.

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Adrien Begrand has been writing for PopMatters since 2002, and has been writing his monthly metal column Blood & Thunder since 2005. His writing has also appeared in Metal Edge, Sick Sounds, Metallian, graphic novelist Joel Orff's Strum and Drang: Great Moments in Rock 'n' Roll, Knoxville Voice, The Kerouac Quarterly, JackMagazine.com, StylusMagazine.com, and StaticMultimedia.com. A contributing writer for Decibel, Terrorizer, and Dominion magazines and senior writer for Hellbound, he resides, blogs, and does the Twitter thing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


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