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Album Review: Leeched – To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse

Manchester metal trio Leeched unleash a barrage of hate on To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse…

Leeched, quite frankly, do not want to be your friends. Neither do they think things are going to get any better. “This world doesn’t care about you or your benevolent good nature,” they say of the brutal Earth And Ash. “In the grim darkness of the future there is only despair and depravity.”Fittingly, the caustic metallic din the Manchester trio grind out on this second album is absolutely hateful, a beyond-pessimistic explosion of sonic bile that feels like it’s designed to be as abrasive as possible.

On opening pair of tracks The Hound’s Jaw and The Grey Tide, the album introduces itself with harsh, scraping electronics over the top of fearsomely heavy breakdowns, before I, Flatline bursts into a tense, stressed grindcore migraine.

But for all the wilful nastiness, there’s an oddly satisfying sense of catharsis in the horror Leeched are serving up here. It’s not pretty, it’s not charming, but as a work of unfiltered malevolence, this is immense.

Verdict: 4/5

Posted on January 30th 2020, 9:00am
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