It seems a long time ago now, but Trigger The Bloodshed used to be a deathcore band. But they (wisely) realised the teeny tiny pigeonhole they'd squeezed into and made the move from ultra-extreme to a milder form of extremism, that of more traditional death metal.
They've been near the front of the brutal metal pack pretty much since their inception in 2006, with earlier albums "Purgation" and "The Great Depression" earning them legions of shirtless young boys happy to get all sweaty, rubbing up against one another. 'Cos its metal, right! To be fair, they only really started to work for me when, post "Purgation", they, um, purged themselves of their original vocalist, bringing in Johnny Burgan, who added a whole new dimension to their sound.
And that sound has made some further leaps and bounds on "Degenerate". It sounds absolutely amazing, so a large round of applause to Mark Daghorn, who having earned his chops with Orange Goblin and Cradle Of Filth seems to be making it his business to sort out a younger generation of metallers. The opening track, 'A Vision Showing Nothing' is quite possibly their best tune yet, utterly savage, yet instrumentally and aurally, a brilliantly put together song.
They've also learned how to slow things down, and at times, they almost manage to achieve a Slayer, circa "South Of Heaven" vibe. Which is quite remarkable, if ultimately unattainable. C.mon, it's Slayer, dammit! But when you listen to some of the monstrous, groovy riffing that's going on, it's nigh on impossible not to join in. This is a great album, by far their best, and if they can keep progressing like this, then Trigger The Bloodshed could end up as modern metal greats.