WATCH ME BLEED - SOULDRINKER
Metal To Infinity
you a metalhead who's into modern Thrash / Death Metal? Well look no further and
check out Watch Me Bleed’s debut album “Souldrinker”! Founded in the
spring 2007 by Markus Pohl & Steffen Theurer ( both former “Symphorce”)
they had a clear vision... making honest and pure fuckin’ Metal! A few weeks
after the formation, Kickdown’s frontman Chris Rodens joins in and makes the
band complete, six weeks later they were ready to hit the stage and support
“Stone Sour”...the response in the sold-out club was so intense that this
project became a 'real' band!
WMB is Chris Rodens – screams & whispers, Markus Wenzel (Inzest) who made
his entree in 2008 – growls & grunts, Markus Pohl – guitars, Michael
Vetter (Pump) – bass and Steffen Theurer – drums.
a massive amount of gigs all across Europe later WMB was finally ready to hit
the studio and recorded in 2009 this debut “Souldrinker”, produced &
mixed by Christian 'Moschus' Moos (Delain, Everon,...) and mastered by Eroc (Sodom,
Delain,...) this disc contains 11 tracks with guest appearances by Andy B.
Franck (Brainstorm), Nemesis (Eigensinn) and Constantine ( Mystic Prophecy, The
Descending)! The outcome is a full metal jacket that blows you’re head off
instantly! The sound on this album is excellent, aggressive vocals, heavy
fuelled guitars and a rhythm section that is tight as a young pussy & rocks
like hell! WMB brings a mixture of death, thrash and even some hardcore stomping
with lots of verve and attitude, in
other words 21th century Metal!
sets off with 'Rise' a pedal to the metal agressive song and one must headbang
by hearing such heavy riffing and
sing along chorus. 'Bloodred Rain' metal in you’re face, again sing along
chorus and verry nice guitar fills, nice guitar solo and arrangements. 'SixSixSeven'
hell yeah what a massive hardcore stomping riff, this is a slight slower riff
driven track but damn what a great solo...this is my favourite on this album! 'Where
Darkness Hides' starts with a cliché stormy intro but then all hell breaks
loose and yep up-tempo metal is present.... 'The End Of Everything' even brings
a nice Progmetal guitar intro, this whole album is one big melting pot, these
guys are sure talented enough!'Dead Sky Black Sun' & 'The Game Is On' have a
“Pantera” feeling throughout the whole songs, nice! 'Burn Down Hope' is
filled with riffs that makes me instantly think of Zakk Wylde's “Black Label
Society” especially the main riff.
Red Roses Die' has a high “Machine Head” influence, now it's clear to hear
where WMB gets their inspiration, in fact with each song on this album I get a déjà-vu
isn't necessarily a bad thing but
it isn't quit original either and that shots me a bit on the chest. 'Jackhammer'
gives me the same feeling I described above and the final track 'The Bleeding
Chalice' feat. Andy B. Franck, Nemesis & Constantine which is a nice display
of their musical talent blended with the song writing of WMB.
conclude Watch Me Bleed debut album 'Souldrinker' is a heavy in the face /Metal
album and I'm sure these guys will have a bright future in the scene but in my
opinion it lacks a bit of originality and that's pity, never the less the album
sounds great and has loads of headbanging and sing-along choruses but still i
miss some identity in it and that will influence my rating on this album... Please
check them out on www.watchmebleed.com
and get a preview from this album!
My Rating: 75 / 100 (Review by Nicolas Bruggeman)
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