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Formerly known as Dirge Within, the guys in The Bloodline aren't any newcomers to the scene even if this in fact is the first album since the name change a few years ago. The band's current roster includes former Soil and Broken Hope guitarist Shaun Glass and his 2 companions from Dirge Within, guitarist Chuck Wepfer and drummer Frankie Harchut, as well as lead vocalist Travis Neal of Divine Heresy.
The Bloodline comes out almost full-fledged and performs really extensive and fresh heavy metal with several thrash metal elements involved. A massive drum play is near constantly present and the songs are generally highly energetic and intense and most of them contain heavy, attacking riffs and precise melodies. The total production is much to my liking as well and this feature indeed contributes to the album's tremendous outcome, as it's predominantly dynamic and convenient with a powerful direction to it.
I personally think that the vocals of Neal are really monumental to fit this vigorous type of music. Both with his clean voice and during the moments when he increases his aggression, he comes out awesome and naturally therefore his complete effort is one of the most valuable bricks in the total arrangement all throughout the record.
This group surely has a knack for writing and performing great melodies on top of a heavy appearance, which of course basically is the most important key factor if a metal band wants to try to separate themselves from all the ones that never get a breakthrough. Ultimately, this is really a record that contains lots of stunning songs and it's extremely difficult to pick out songs for Staff's Pick, because every time I listen to it, I somehow tend to find new songs to put a mark on.