While some are chasing originality, Blistered is just trying to sound like their heroes but they do it very well. After releasing a very memorable EP last year, Blistered from Florida are bringing back holy terror in full force with an album so influenced by Integrity that you could easily confuse it with a follow up to To die for.
And… that’s pretty much it. Not to say that this is album. The poison of self confinement is definitely not a bad record, quite the opposite. The riffing brings back memories of the good old days of Integrity when Aaron Melnick was still on guitar (yes, I know that he didn’t play in To die for) with the Slayeresque melodies and the moshable rhythm found at every turn of every songs. The poison of self confinement is full of moshing goodness for the pit fiends but offers enough strident thrash riffs to be appreciated on album without having a testosterone filled man windmilling next to your ear.
Vocally, Blistered‘s frontman sound so much like Dwid at his most corrosive that he sounds like the singer’s younger brother. However, his range if far more limited and his performance more consistent which makes him sound a bit less possessed, and interesting, than his main influence.
Finally, the recording reminds me a lot of To die for‘s production thanks to the constant contrast between the cripsy tone of the guitar and the slashing assault of the riffs. An excellent sound for a metallic hardcore record as powerful as this one. Blistered is definitely not the most original hardcore band but they offer the kind of songs that fans of mid 90’s metal hardcore will appreciate a lot.
The poison of self confinement is available on vinyl via 6131 Records and is streaming via Bandcamp