There are two metal bands called Bloodwork and the Bloodwork I'm talking about today is certainly not the German melodic death metal band, but an absolutely non-famous underground band from London. Bloodwork are labeled as death metal, but the music has rather a heavily blackened underground death metal to black metal with death metal influences feeling to it throughout the forthcoming album "World Without End".
I'm normally having a hard time figuring out whether an album is bad, average or good when the production simply sucks. I know that black metal production usually sounds like crap, that's nothing new, and please don't feel offended, dear black metal fans, but that's a fact. I truly believe that I would be able to enjoy this style a lot more when the instruments and the vocals would be recorded reasonably. Musically, Bloodwork have plenty to offer and that's not only black metal, even if you might think so in the beginning. The base the musicians are working on is old school death metal. Some passages of the album contain slow rhythms, doom metal-inspired riffs and deep growling. In the next moment, the style transitions into vitriolic black metal with demonically fast rhythms and high-pitched screaming, but these extremes are balanced out nicely.
I have to admit that I quite like the album, but I'm not able to find any golden thread running through it, even though I've been listening to it several times now. At some point, I also can't tell anymore where a song ends and the next one begins. Heaviness is great, but I miss this rare and weird stuff called melody. But still, "World Without End" is a great album for those of you who are into hate-filled music and raw, old school death metal. I can't deny that I enjoyed listening to the album after I got used to it, and nobody can tell me these guys can't play their instruments. But as I already mentioned, the production is awful and I am sure that the album could have turned out a lot better after some proper mixing and mastering.
Overall, I recommend you to listen to "World Without End" after the release, but of course not if you are someone who needs a lot of melody, in this case, that record might scare the hell out of you ...