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Album Review

Fourteen songs are released for the masses on Spirals, the third full-length from New England's Blood Has Been Shed. Frontman Howard Jones displays a full range of vocal talent, going from lowdown guttural bellows to almost singing on occasion. The guitars are all over the place, with a jagged, aggravated sound that plays around with off-timing and an occasional Meshuggah-influenced tone. The drum work also features some fine blastbeat work that also bears the mark of Meshuggah. Most of the album is a fine display of metal-core, and there are a few tracks of ambient sound, making for an occasional respite amid all the brutality. Still, some more diversity within the loud end of the spectrum would have been a welcome change.


Formed: 1999 in Connecticut

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

This Connecticut, USA-based metalcore band is notable for featuring two members of Killswitch Engage. Howard Jones (vocals) formed Blood Has Been Shed in 1997, several years before he became a member of Killswitch Engage. The original line-up also featured Corey Unger (guitar), Todd Beaton (guitar), Chris (bass), and John Lynch (drums), and made its debut in 1999 with the independently released I Dwell On Thoughts Of You. The album was picked up for distribution by the Ferret Records label, and with...
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