Today we travel to the U.S of A, California to be more precise, and meet a band called LAKE OF BLOOD who brings us their debut EP called “Heed The Primal Calling”, which is released through Milkweed Records.
They claim to be influenced by bands such as LEVIATHAN, DRUDKH and TAAKE etc. but being mostly unfamiliar with these bands, I will have take their word for it; they also cite EMPEROR, IMMORTAL and DISSECTION, and while listening to “Heed The Primal Calling”, you might be excused for thinking this was released 10-15 years ago. There is a lot of the raw beauty that adorned masterpieces like “Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk” and “Battles In The North” and the guitar playing is hauntingly melodic at times. The attentive listener is also sure to find subtle hints of Death and Thrash Metal which helps to make LAKE OF BLOOD more than just another band eager to jump into the generic Black pool with their identity left on the shore.
When it comes to Black Metal discussing the production qualities is at most times a moot point, and being negative about an album because the instruments are buried in a haze is wholly beside the point. Some/Most Black Metal is supposed to have that “basement recording” sound and LAKE OF BLOOD certainly has that, yet everything is clear enough not to leave you wanting a better production and it brings to the album a very organic undertone.
There is something very savage about this music; something thrilling that will quicken your heart-rate just a little bit; like being stuck on a branch of a flimsy tree in the middle of a stampeding herd of buffalo, with a refreshing melodious breeze carrying the earthy scent of savannah, distracting you from the chaos all around. After the release of “Heed The Primal Calling", LAKE OF BLOOD indeed has their work cut out for them to follow it up with an album that will do justice to the promise shown here, but the bottom line is that I liked this EP very much and I have high hopes for the band; surely I will not be disappointed?
(Online September 3, 2008)