Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Leeched - To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse

Hardcore has been taken in some new and weird directions in recent years. There are so many nifty new takes on the genre and such a clear path forward for this music. The industrial leaning stylings of Leeched are another addition to this canon. With their second album, To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse, the band showcase an enhanced sound that pulls on their visionary approach and delves deep into trauma, the struggle of the modern day and the suffering that comes as a result of it all. It's an intense listen.

To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse is a record that can sound downright scary. When you take a look at the bands face tattooed drummer things start to fall into place. This is an incredibly personal record. The raging fires presented here are the result of years of abuse and mental punishment. It's hard to hear this record and not feel the pain the band is trying to depict. They counterbalance this with some of their own dark reflections on the modern day. The sound laid out on this record is downright massive. The guitar tone is simply epic in scope and some of the bleak noise interjections on tracks like 'Black Sun Ceremony' are truly intimidating.

This is a crushing album that plumbs the depths of human emotions. It's a dark listen and an album that won't quit. Instead it continually ups the ante and forces us all to reflect on our own inner demons. It's a great Christmas day listen for me as this time of year always invokes bleak thoughts. To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse is an exploration in sonic torment, expressing a fucked up life in the only way these guys know how. It might rip your heart in half, but it also may be the therapy you need in 2020.

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