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Better Left Unsaid: Better Left Unsaid

Many new bands list the bigger name acts they've supported in the hope that some of their contemporaries sheen will rub off on them. Few succeed in this endeavour, merely highlighting their own deficiencies. However after struggling for the past few weeks to tear myself away from the second, self titled, album from Better Left Unsaid, I've no doubt that this grooving, yet lethal Metal outfit gave the likes of Killswitch Engage, Hed(pe), Hatebreed and 3 Inches Of Blood a serious run for their money when they set the scene for them. Power, precision and the smarts to leave things spacious enough to spark along in an irresistible manner, BLU both make an immediate impact and become more beguiling the greater the time you spend with their music.

Hammer blows of guitars and a mid-paced juggernaut of drums introduce "Mr. Dark", the vocals grating and offensive, before they swoop and dive beautifully during the chorus. Whispered spoken sections heighten the atmosphere, while the locked tight bass and drum work clears a path for some sparkling, yet brutal guitar work. Across the album everyone from Pantera to Testament, or Soilwork to Machine Head jolts into the mind, but none to the extent that it interrupts the flow and smash of the thunderous, uncomfortable "She Needs Violence", the violent spit of "Threat Of Truth", where even a less clinical Avenged Sevenfold are reminded of, or "Liberator", where the threat is doubled through clever use of dynamics; clean passages punctuated by explosive outbursts, before a groove the size of a herd of angry buffalo comes pouring into view.

However "The Butcher" tops the lot, delivering a chorus that will stick in your mind for weeks, the most overtly Pantera like verse positively screaming and wailing into the oft repeated chorus line of "You know you can't break the broken, Many have tried but every one has failed" to stunning effect. This is a band firing out all they've got and obliterating the target in mighty style.

You couldn't suggest that Better Left Unsaid are reinventing the Metal world with their second foray of brutal riff, beat and shout. However they are one of the most convincing exponents of this genre I've heard for quite some considerable time.

Better Left Unsaid? No, shout it from the rooftops!

Track Listing
1. Mr. Dark
2. The Butcher
3. She Needs Violence
4. My Wounds
5. Threat of Truth
6. Exile The Righteous
7. Liberator
8. Snake Oil
9. Death's Reflection
10. For You (Ashlyn)

Added: November 2nd 2013
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Better Left Unsaid Online
Hits: 1380
Language: english

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