The scarcity of information I can dig up about What The Blood Revealed is matched only by my unwillingness to truly bring out the Internet-scouring tool set and the patience that comes with it. It’s not necessarily that I can’t be bothered, it’s that there’s really no need or relevance I can associate with trivia when it comes to such a band as What The Blood Revealed. According to their MySpace page, they’re from Scotland, there are four of them, and they’re unsigned. The part about them being unsigned is obviously there due to the fact that MySpace is basically dead as a dodo. In fact, the band released their first LP just this month. It’s called Harbour of Devils, and it’s a very robust, menacing collection of musical brilliance with a metallic gleam. Oh, and the first time I heard about them was on a great compilation called “A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters #1”, where they share the bill with a number of post-rock and post-metal bands, including the mighty Double Handsome Dragons. That’s all the trivia I’ve got; onwards!
I hesitate to call this music post-metal (a genre made up of names such as ISIS, Callisto, Cult of Luna, Russian Circles and so on), because I’m not really sure about the “post” part as of yet. It’s damn good metal, some of the best I’ve ever heard, but I don’t think the lack of vocals warrants the inclusion in any of the “post” categories. The music follows such brilliantly articulated patterns that one can almost hear the would-be vocals in one’s head, as if by the overlap of the different instrumental parts, more and more musical lines can make themselves felt, without actually having been recorded. This kind of tight structure, with such level of intricacy is not a thing I get to enjoy very often, so I must say I was completely blown away by this album, with its absolutely relentless ability to demonstrate build-up and catharsis, and control of diverse and wonderfully eloquent musical textures.
This is fast, harsh, vigorous music, but I wouldn’t ever go so far as to call it brutal, like I’d be more than willing to refer to some of ISIS’ stuff, for example. No, this album is made up of thoroughly controlled and dosed elements, all working in perfect unison on an intense hunt for release, apotheosis, all the way to utter exhaustion. The music is so often like a battle, so cinematic, the songs themselves seem like fantastic stories captured in an overall narrative weave of awe inspiring proportions. There’s a slight bit of melodrama there, but not much, and not annoying in any way – just enough to give an ominous, slightly sinister mood to some of the tracks, which, combined with an otherwise very bright, larger-than-life style makes for a wonderfully balanced, engaging record.
Harbour of Devils made me feel very focused… more dense, I should say, which is, I suppose, why people first came up with the term “heavy metal” – it’s music that makes you feel like your atoms are more densely packed, sometimes to such a degree you end up feeling like your skin is prickling with energy – what I like to think of as a musically induced form of radioactivity. I still can’t get this album out of my system, the riffs haunt me when I’m not listening to them, and fuel me while I am. Mighty, savage music, with exquisite control of buildup, that’s all I can say. Enjoy!