Published Aug 19, 2015With the recent spike in popularity of bands harnessing '90s metalcore sounds within the hardcore scene, it's become difficult for bands to transcend saturation and stand out from the rest. Blistered have proven, with the sheer enormity of their sound and magnitude of force found on The Poison of Self Confinement, that they are leading the pack, and are a force to be reckoned with.
Their latest full-length is a no-holds-barred sonic assault from the very beginning — the tremendous, chugging, tom-smashing build-up and multiple, bone-splintering breakdowns of "Path of the Coward" set the bar for the tone for the record — as the band shift back and forth between weighty metallic riffing and uptempo blasts with ease, keeping songs like "Caustic Promise" and the title track engaging throughout. Although the album is more focused on the payoff of its unimaginably heavy moments, it's not limited to that, and doesn't stop the band from dabbling in more technical territory. The complex rhythms on "Memories to Burn," or the brief atmospheric break in "Lash," which then dives into a crushing halftime slam, are some of the most memorable and effective moments of the album.
With The Poison of Self Confinement, Blistered have crafted a work of unrelenting and unparalleled aggression that succeeds in everything it sets out to do. (6131)