Onomatopoeias come to mind when trying to describe Baptized in Blood’s self-titled debut album. This five-piece metal band based in London, Ont., crash, bash and thrash their way through 12 tracks of screaming vocals and violent guitars. The boisterous boys of Baptized in Blood wowed Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine so much that he became their co-manager, and their large fan base proves this band knows how to pummel a metal audience just right. Baptized in Blood were born out of boredom (the members decided to start a metal band since they weren’t playing hockey that year), so perhaps that’s why parts of the album start to meld together into a clump of phlegm-filled yelling that, despite the obligatory loudness, starts to put you to sleep. But songs like Last Line Lady and Only Cure redeem the metallic monotony a little with glam-metal influenced riffs that make you wonder whatever happened to L.A. Guns.

Published in Volume 65, Number 13 of The Uniter (November 25, 2010)

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