Bloodthirst- Sanctity Denied

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Polish thrash band Bloodthirst has been together since 1999, and released quite a few demos and splits before putting out their debut full length Let Him Die in 2007. A few years later the group would return with Sanctity Denied, which offers up eight tracks of fast paced material that blends thrash’s aggression with some stylistic elements from black metal. Although this album starts off with some stronger moments, it becomes a little too familiar by the end and doesn’t have quite enough tracks that truly stand out from the rest.

It’s clear from listening to Sanctity Denied that the members of Bloodthirst have been playing this type of material for quite some time, as they are technically proficient and are able to transition between slower breaks and fast paced sections without missing a note. Sometimes black/thrash combinations have a looser feel to them, as though the instrumental work is going to completely fall apart at any moment, but this is not the case here. Compared to some of the others out there, Bloodthirst tends to skew more towards traditional thrash with black metal elements popping up on a few key songs, and they definitely are able to do the old-school sound justice. When the songwriting hits its peak level these guys are able to hit the listener with razor sharp riffs that lead into high flying solos, but this doesn’t happen quite as often as I had hoped. There are a few too many moments where the guitar leads feel just a bit too similar to each other, and this keeps Sanctity Denied from making a truly lasting impression.

Bloodthirst’s lead singer goes by the name Rambo, and his vocal style is where some of the additional black metal influences come from. Rather than going for the gruff yet clean style of classic thrash, Rambo has a harsher growl/scream that helps to give the tracks an abrasive edge. While this vocal style tends to be an acquired taste for some thrash fans, it’s one that I have always thought worked quite well and the performance here is able to maintain a consistent amount of intensity for the entire release. This is definitely a good thing considering that Sanctity Denied has a slightly cleaner production, making the vocals one of the most prominent elements. Overall, if you’re a fan of the black/thrash vocal style where the emphasis is on abrasive, distorted pitches Bloodthirst has plenty to offer in this regard.

Sanctity Denied is a good but not great album, and while it does have some moments where the riffs grab your attention and blaze through everything in their path there are a few too many sections that don’t quite stand out. Bloodthirst does have potential and the experience of their members is clear from the precision of the arrangements, but there’s just something missing from this recording that would put it into must listen territory.

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