Album Review: Blood From The Soul, DSM-5

By Resonate | December 11, 2020
Words by Louie Kalamaj

Since their debut in 1993, Blood From The Soul has remained afloat in a dazed serene as unknown by many, but revered by those that do. Now 27 years on from their debut release, the supergroup have finally been rejuvenated and have readied their newest release, DSM-5. Blood From The Soul’s latest is master-minded by the supergroups composite parts; Jacob Bannon (Converge), Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork) and Jesper Liveröd (Burst). Bannon’s critically acclaimed ability to reputably and musically devote an avant-garde dictatorship to a project is omnipresent once again. With the kneeling support of a titanic backline to inspire his legendary vocal tyranny, the band’s sophomore record was able to thematically travel forward to a time in the future to explore the interrelationship between human and android anguish. Poems about the difficulties of self-isolation and mental deterioration in an advanced era of time are not only sonically relatable to our impending future but also the present day. DSM-5 delineates the days of a global pandemic and isolates ourselves in self-paranoia. Meaning that the record’s futuristic vision is also a concurrent representation of today’s quandaries.


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