Blood From The Soul – “DSM-5” LP
The on-going occassional project that is Shane Embury’s Blood From the Soul. The debut LP To Spite the Hand That Breeds (released by Earache, 1993) featured Lou Koller of Sick Of It All. Fast forward to a re-awakening in 2020 and joining Embury on this new creative chapter is Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, Soilwork, Aborted, Tronos), Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, Umbra Vitae), and Jesper Liveröd (Nasum, Burst).
DSM-5 is a twelve song conceptual album, a reflection upon the turbulent present and a warning for the dystopian future that awaits humankind. Brannon’s vocals steer this very close to the realms of Converge – it’s hard to escape the comparison when a vocalist (and essentially a screamo vocalist at that) is so very recognisable and distinct. Shane Embury’s influence, by comparison, and to his credit (a versatile man), is a little more obscure, as there is very little to be heard here that brings to mind Napalm Death (or Unseen Terror!). If anyone, maybe this more along the lines of Nailbomb and, at times, Cave In.
It’s not a hardcore record, or a rock record, and neither is it easily defined as a metal record. But it is a very fucking cool record. And the packaging is sublime: An eight panel fold-out/gatefold sleeve, embelished with some of Branon’s finest graphic art to date. If you own this record you own something that is substantial.