Review: Blistered’s The Poison of Self Confinement

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Also known as: how to destroy your office in 10 steps songs that crack under 25 minutes.

One of the most rewarding aspects of obsessing about music is that rare, random discovery that manages to make your special places tingle. I had no prior knowledge of South Florida’s metallic hardcore Blistered before their most recent album, The Poison of Self Confinement, but I am extremely glad it popped up on my Spotify recommendations. This is the band’s first full-length album, following last year’s EP Soul Erosion.

In this release, Blistered behaves as an unstoppable beast that moves solely in two manners – a precise and persistent stalk or a frenzied chase. The dynamic between these two speeds is the tonic of the whole record, serving as the structure of the songs. Instead of verse/chorus/verse, most of them seem to follow a chase/stalk/maul/dismember pattern.

Album opener “Path of the Coward”, for an instance, thrives on this balance. Remember those moments in Code Orange‘s I Am King in which the bass and drums played a single, low note in unison and it felt like the ground beneath you was shattering with each hit? Well, a much similar sound starts this track, followed by a zany guitar line. Soon after, a start-stop riff briefly drops by to say “shit is just getting started”. Let the moshing commence.

These heavy bass petards are found peppered throughout the LP (“Kingdom of Traitors” and “Death at Heaven’s Doorstep”), but that is not all the bassist does. There are some really slick lines here and there, most notably towards the end of “Caustic Promise”. Rounding out the rhythm section, the drummer hits like a gritty precision boxer, with every blow landing hard and full of malice. He offers a perfectly satisfying mix of slower beatdown rhythms and faster, crusty paces. In the vocal department, things are kept simple with a harsh bark that works in tandem with the overall spirit of the release.

The guitars are easily my favorite aspect of the record – a showcase of their metal influences and a library of Riff Ov The Week contenders. Seriously, there are earworms to be found in nearly every song of this LP. “Illusion of Destiny” alternates between a mighty tremolo and a slow & melodic guitar phrase. “Into the Dying Light” has an opening riff that sounds like a call to arms. The guitar tone is really enjoyable, in both lead and rhythm guitars. The first is usually a death metal tone, while the latter is more akin to a hardcore sound. Be it start-stop, chugging, melodic or even a crossover riff found at the beginning of “Caustic Promise”, it’s always tasteful.

What prevents me from giving Blistered a perfect score on their debut is that, despite the short run time and having no filler material, there is still a sense of homogeneity in this record. I, for one, would like to see the band throw a few curveballs on the next LP, or maybe experiment with different structures and vocal styles. Still, this album is worth a thousand listens and constitutes one of the top-tier metallic hardcore records of the year, along with Xibalba‘s Tierra y LibertadReactions‘ Soul Witness and Harm’s Way – Rust.

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The Poison of Self Confinement is a flame that burns bright and quick. Clocking in at just under 25 minutes, it is an album perhaps best experienced than actually described. Consider this a recommendation more than a review. Just be careful not to hurt anyone when you start thrashing whatever room you’re in.

Blistered’s The Poison of Self Confinement was released August 21 via 6131 Records. You can give the band a like on Facebook by stabbing this.

 

 

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  • I don’t tend to listen selfaware aggro music. But…

    SHEIT! This guitar tone is like licking a concrete wall. So rough!

    Great writing as usual, brolo!

    • KJM

      Agreed, great sound but not my style.

      • Dagon

        I’ve been getting into hardcore a lot these past years.

        • KJM

          Because of my advanced age, I have fairly set notions of what “Hardcore” is.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz3GmHferlQ

          • Dagon

            that’s cool with me.

            I have a soft spot for well done metallic hardcore. It appeals to me.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I know these guys! They’re awesome.

          • KJM

            I saw them twice nearly 30 years ago.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ve never seen them though they did perform a college 5 minutes from my house last year.

    • CyberneticOrganism
  • tertius_decimus

    Nice guitar tone.

  • Vote for Jeb

    How many means would you give this album?

    • Dagon

      It’s not mean in a “I will creep inside you and take your soul” but it’s mean in a “I killed him by repeatedly bludgeoning his head with a hockey puck” kind of mean.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      i mean like those guitars n i meanda drums!im learin to play da drums
      Great band n all hott> anyway i think theyre all f*ckin awsome

      -Katt, 8/24/07

    • KJM

      OMG I WANNA FITE YOU SO BAD

        • Dagon

          I wonder if anyone ever busted a wrestling move and just suplexed the dudes in the middle of a HC show.

          • I’ve seen it, typical Mosh Bro behavior.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’d do that if I could. I could bust out some Sweet Chin Music and maybe even an F5. Then again, that’s not very nice.

          • KJM

            Turn that pit into #SuplexCity

        • KJM

          FLAWLESS VICTORY

        • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

          My dad used to mosh to Disturbed.

          -Emily coppola, 1 day ago

          • Oh my God… This is a winner.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ve never seen Disturbed live. I don’t plan on it.

          • KJM

            I’m sorry to say I have(Ozzfest 2001).

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            You got down with the sickness?

          • KJM

            Unfortunately yes, I did. Sabbath were the only good band that year.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Were they really that bad?

          • KJM

            They were just sorta there.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Have you ever seen Genesis? I bought their Seconds Out live album and I love it. Phil Collins was a great replacement for Gabriel as shown by his version of Supper’s Ready on the album.

          • KJM

            Nah, I would never pay the outrageous price to see them without Peter Gabriel.

            The only “tolerable” band besides Sabbath at Ozzfest 2001 was Slipknot and I’m being very generous with that term.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I enjoy post Gabriel Genesis. I enjoy the last albums they did with Steve Hackett and I enjoy Invisible Touch which is their last opus. I still despise Ray Wilson though. How on earth can KJU say the album they did with him is his favorite Genesis album?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I really like some PC-Genesis albums and some of PC’s solo work but I, too, would never pay the outrageous price to see them.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Liking Phil Collins? Have you started taking Ritalin?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Don’t you know? I’ve been on Ritalin since I was a 9.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]
          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Unironically in love with this show. And this is episode.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Why’d you have to specify that you love it unironically? Pasila is fucking great!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I know more people who think it’s childish and dumb and BigBangTheory-level bad. And I like childish and dumb things. And people don’t take me seriously.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Those people are wrong! They are toxic and you must remove them from your life! Saying that Pasila is on the same level as Big Bang Theory, that’s a fucking paddlin’!

          • Vote for Jeb

            Hey, Tapir, I’m watching your conversation on AMG. Not everything is as it seems. I don’t want to get into it here, but if you’d like to discuss it, email me at toiletovhellwhiff@gmail.com

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I like his era of Genesis except for Duke and Abacab. I don’t consider We Can’t Dance a Genesis album.

          • President Chester A. Arthur

            I saw them at Ozzfest 2000 on the second stage. it wasn’t bad because i was really drunk and there was a wall of death. I passed out before Pantera came on.

          • Hi, mr. President of an unknown place.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Did you see Static X that year?

          • Vote for Jeb

            I saw them at Mayhem a few years back (I think it was the year Motorhead also played on the mainstage), and good lord was Draiman’s voice flat.

          • JJM

            Well I just love your Disqus profile, and welcome to the toilet!

          • I think that’s the year I went. Neurosis, Pantera, Machine Head, Type O Negative played I remember. I think I was subjected to Marilyn Manson as well. All in all a good time was had.

    • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™

      That guy doesn’t even know how to throw a punch.

      • Dagon

        I knew you’d like it.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Dis my jam, Daaaaaaaygon. Cover art is also pretty sick.

  • I’m glad you used the term “metallic hardcore” for this as to differentiate it from the atrocity that has become metalcore.

  • DUDE. “Memories to Burn” has that SIQQQQQ riffage.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Hardcore pits remind me of really good hockey brawls. I love that fact. Is hockey still liked by the hardcore scene?

  • Vote for Jeb

    Listening to this now because that new Maiden album finally ended. It’s crushing my dick.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Maiden? Crushing? Dick?

      • All at the same time!

      • Vote for Jeb

        No, Blistered is crushing my dick.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Good tone, not bad song, jadijadiyada…

          What’cha think of the new Maiden?

          • Vote for Jeb

            It’s Maiden. I like it, but I think Bruce’s voice is starting to show its cracks.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Aye, that much I reckoned by the single.

          • KJM

            I just can’t hang with it. That and the new Uncle Acid are a bit underwhelming for me.

          • Guppusmaximus

            I hear ya… I think at this point you’re either going to love their newer stuff or not. Unfortunately, people get old and the vocal chords don’t stretch like they used to. I mean, I don’t hear that jazzy technique in McBrain’s drumming anymore – like the fluttered single-foot double riff on the bass drum or the speed around the toms – and I don’t hear the same emotional wailing from Dave Murray, just my .02. Personally, I think it’s hard for anyone to love a band for that length of time. Maiden were my idols when I was a young pup back in the 80s, but now, while I still appreciate them as musicians, the magic wore off a long time ago. Same w/ DT and some others. Getting old fucking sucks!!

          • Vote for Jeb

            I feel this. I still like and respect the band a lot, but this release isn’t blowing my mind. It’s solid though, but I think the double-album length holds it back a bit too.

          • Guppusmaximus

            I agree. It’s not a bad album by any means. They may have gotten carried away with the whole double-album approach but I think it will be considered one of their stronger efforts since ‘Brave…’ and if it happens to be their last then it will be a strong finish to a mighty career.

  • Waynecro

    That’s pretty badass. I could blast this in the gym. Not tonight, though. Tonight I blast Dysmetria.