The first time I ever heard the highly under-rated grind of Germany’s Blood was when I saw the name and logo strewn across the unwelcoming blue art of the album Gas.Flames.Bones. Long story short I was not disappointed by the grind that Blood makes (or is that short story long because it is grindcore…??). Blood is one of the most, if not the most, consistently impressive and true bands to the genre of grindcore. O Agios Pethane is of their most appraised albums and it has been digipack reissued through Dunkelheit Produktionen, you better nab it because this digi is limited edition and this album is hard to find.
Blood is germany’s oldest grindcore band and one of the pioneers of the genre. Blood formed in 1986 and released their first full length, entitled Impulse to Destroy, in 1989. With all that being said, you should understand that this is legitimate grindcore, not some “insert-buzzword-here”core. O Agios Pethane, originally released in 1993, is their most revered album. This is a pure grind album in the same vein as bands like Assück (you should click that link because they kick serious ass), Nuclear Death, Impetigo and Carcass.
O Agios Pethane is not a blastbeat ridden, high pitched guitar squeal filled, scream infested album, this is a matured grind album. When I say matured I’m referring to the music as the lyrics and subject matter sometimes may be a little over the top; for instance there is a track titled “Sodomize the Weak”. This is from the era when death metal had a much bigger influence on grind than the core part did. For a grind album there is a lot of structure that is evident in this album, much like how Napalm Death’s Harmony Corruption and Terrorizer’s World Downfall follow a set guide rather than an all out chaotic noise approach like modern day veterans Pig Destroyer and The Locust.
You have been informed, now do yourself a favor and check out some Blood. Don’t be another statistic that thinks the extent of grindcore is Napalm Death and Brutal Truth.