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The Bleeding : Promo '96

While The Bleeding apparently got some label interest from this promo, the band still ceased it's existence just after it's release. It was re-released (with a bonus track) in 1998 as 'Promo '96+1' by now defunct Doom Records. I must admit that I don't know the original release format of this promo. The re-release was on CD, but I assume it was on cassette since the bands previous no-label demos were released that way.

Despite ending up as a rarity in a limited amount of collections owned by lucky people, this is still one of the few bands that adhere solely to the Black Sabbath heritage and who at the same time do not shame it in any way. When stating this I should note that the vocalist has a slightly unclear English, but I find this to be forgivable as Ozzy wasn't (and isn't) all that steady either. While most of the music seem clearly to be influenced by 'Iron Man' and keep to that style of doom-rock riffage, they include elements from other aspects of the legacy. This includes early stoner elements and psychedelic elements, both of which sound convincingly like what Black Sabbath would have done themselves.

I'm pretty sure this promo is impossible to get hold of and the re-release is at least as hard to get as an original copy of the Blood Farmers self titled album. Still I'd value this to be worth almost every buck for someone who wish that Black Sabbath had made another 'Paranoid'. It's incredibly hard, if not impossible, to top the original, but this promo isn't many notches below.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Fantaman's Return
2. Abstract Superworld
3. Space Lizard
4. The Cultivator

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes.

Visit the The Bleeding bandpage.

Reviewed on 21-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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