Here at castle Worship Metal (it’s got a portcullis and everything!) we get all sorts of delights and oddities in our inbox, so when Chastain’s We Bleed Metal 17 arrived, our interest was suitably piqued. Considering the original was only released two years ago, what was there to be achieved by putting it out again? Was it a re-recording or a re-imagining of sorts? From reading the accompanying press release it would appear to be somewhere in between.
So, just how have the band ‘improved’ upon We Bleed Metal? For a start, they’ve kept the vocals and drums from the original album but added new music, fucked around with the running order about and given it a whole new sound. If you believed what the band had to say about it, it’s like the crafty rascals are trying to convince you that you’re getting value for your money. However, that’s just not the case!
Sound-wise, We Bleed Metal 17 does not differ greatly from the original album and the changes to the music are minimal at best. As for changing the running order and slightly changing some of the song titles, does that really make a difference? In case you’re wondering, the answer is a resounding NO!
Luckily though, this is a reasonably strong batch of songs, with solid, if workmanlike performances from the musicians while legendary vocalist Leather Leone delivers her lines in her unique gruff yet melodic style. “Live For Today” is a punchy, anthemic opening statement and from there, it’s track after track of melodic trad metal with the likes of “Secrets Creeping” and “Warrior” giving the old neck muscles a suitable workout.
Look, we loved We Bleed Metal (it was a Worship Metal Album of the Week recommendation on release) but it’s hard to know who this is really aimed at. What the band hope to achieve with this endeavour is also under question as most of their fans will already own it and the changes don’t warrant buying it again. As it is, this release stinks of a money grabbing exercise and you’re best off staying well away from it! Just dig out the original copy instead! 4/10