Blood Storm - _The Atlantean Wardragon_
(Cacophonous, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (5 out of 10)
I've seen Blood Storm at the Milwaukee Metal Fest each of the two years I've attended, but little did I know that the band were beyond the demo stage and signed to a label, with a full-length out now. I remember the band being unspectacular live, and not so strangely, they were able to carry that lack of musical strength over to their recorded material. Blood Storm is the project of Mezzadurus, who is presently the live session bass player for Absu. But don't expect this band to have thrash influences like Absu, as Blood Storm have a more traditional black metal sound, a la raging drums and fast treble guitar picking. There is nothing too spectacular or inspiring about _The Atlantean Wardragon_; it doesn't serve up anything new to this over-populated genre, but rather helps to clog it up. Hopefully Cacophonous didn't sign Blood Storm simply to capitalize on its Absu connection, but then again, I wouldn't put it past them. A couple of listens to _The Atlantean Wardragon_ had me wanting my $15 (American) back.

(article published 16/10/1997)


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