By Dr. Abner Mality

The tireless Bruce Lamont is at it once again, this time as the frontman for this Chicago drone-doom collective. Bruce is surely one of those guys with a bottomless thirst for musical adventure. I just wish I could give thumbs up to Bloodiest, but I find it too meandering and dreary to be of much interest.

It's a sluggish, depressing kind of music with the framework of doom metal but not enough of the heaviness. Certain comparisons to Lamont's more well-known act Yakuza are present, such as the constant tribal drumming and of course Bruce's unique singing itself, but this act just doesn't have the energy and immediacy of Yakuza. Opening cut "Fallen" is promising, based on a nervous, bass-driven kind of gloomy riff that builds into a powerful climax, but that's the best track. Most of the cuts here do build to a huge crescendo, but they take an awful long, mopey time to reach that crescendo. "Slave Rule" is a perfect case...low-key depressed drone like the recent Earth that slowly works its way up to a mighty conclusion. But is the conclusion worth the path it took to get there? There's lots of sad, mellow stuff like "Coh", "Pastures" and the beginning to "Slave Rule" to wallow through and I feel this is more of interest to indie-rock fans than those looking for true doom or powerful rock.

There are definite points of interest...the bruising drumming of "Dead Inside" and the way the last cut "Obituary" mirrors "Fallen" but twists it in a different direction. Lamont is not capable of being involved in a bad project, but I find Bloodiest wanting and not what it could have been.