The Cutting Edge
Flores De Sangre is considered the first "real" full-length release from this Albany, NY stoner/doom outfit following their split EP with Jersey's Solace (2005). This is one HEAVY record. Right from the start "Sinner Takes All" blows the speakers with a massive wail and chest-beating bass drum. Lead singer Mark Langone actually gets carried away in the mix as the shear volume rolls over the top of his vocals. The relentless barrage keeps pace, cowbell in hand, through "Taste of the Wasteland" but by "Another Lesson" a bit of the desert vibe comes through in guitarist Mike Vitali's wa-wa. Dueling it out with second guitarist Jay Sunkes, Vitali can embrace the layered harmonies in "Twist of the Spine" or accentuate the brutal velocity of "Deme Su Coolo." Not bad for a kid who gained his chops and notoriety from his stint in Helmet.
Bassist Brendan Slater is like a dog unleashed. His solo intro alone in "Man' Ruin" is enough to put the average human being in traction for a week. Supporting, lifting and pairing with Vitali and Sunkes, Slater punishes all contenders for his space. Exciting for the listener is the completion between metal and stoner/doom. A chugging "Three Card," the Nine-Inch Nail-esque "To the Limit" and "Wish I was Gone" have the slow, sludgy lumber but riff it up with meat and potatoes metal. Drink in the lyrics and you'll find the sound somewhere between Pink Floyd and Motorhead. The haunting title track, "Floes De Sangre" closes the record with a muffled piano interlude pushing even further a prog vibe - almost like Opeth but darker and hairier.
Todd K Smith
released 08 November 2005
Mike Langone: Vocals, Percussion
Mike Vitali: Guitar, Vocals
Jay Sunkes: Guitar, Vocals
Brendan Slater: Bass, Vocals
Jared Krak: Drums, Vocals
Recorded @ New Alliance - Boston, MA
Mixed by Bob Pantella @ The Laundry Room.
Mastered by Chris Goosman @ Solid Sound - Ann Arbor, MI.
Artwork by Mike Saputo.
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