An In-Depth, Balanced and Considered Thesis On Why Pulled Apart By Horses’ Blood is Fucking Awesome.

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An In-Depth, Balanced and Considered Thesis On Why Pulled Apart By Horses’ Blood is Fucking Awesome.

 

Pulled Apart By Horses – Blood. A Review.

 

Here are the answers, now the secret’s out Pulled Apart by Horses promise with their third, first breath. The band that left us so abruptly at the tail end of 2012 are not the same band who return with Blood. Self-discovery, earnest hardship and growth; this isn’t the blink and you’ll miss it, shirt tearing transformation of Bruce Banner. This hulking comeback is ferocious, but as subtle and intimate as your own grinding mortality.

The final, dying cry of the awkward, underdog spirit that first endeared us to the Leeds four-piece still has a home on BloodIf I try too hard, then I’m scared I’ll succeed” but the band, at large, have been replaced by a sneering, leering foursome. Their not so humble brags about lions, makes way for an unapologetic self-deprecating turn in the mirror. Stomping, self-aware but still armed with the devil on their shoulder, Pulled Apart By Horses are a band who not only know their place in the world but embrace their ever-quickening plummet through it. My body has a black box, just in case I crash they lament. These realisations didn’t happen over-night, and the patchwork nostalgia that is Blood, is a painful, yet insightful journey that’ll leave you wistful, empowered and angry.

The visceral embrace of Deftones, the confident allure of Queens of The Stone Age and the cold hard stare of Black Sabbath all have a hand in shaping this journey but Blood isn’t seductive melancholy by numbers.

Nestled in the heart of the album, surrounded by singles and anthems in waiting lays a trilogy of songs that displays the bold palate Pulled Apart By Horses are playing with now. The sultry demand of Grim Deal, the feral merry go round of Bag Of Snakes that sees every rotation speed up, as your grip loosens, the nu-wave indie inflection of Outahead. These wild strokes of red, black and blue should clash, but the chemistry of the band makes this just another detailed corner of an ever-growing masterpiece.

It’s not just the soundtrack that marches on. A vast vocal-scape that toys with poetry, terrace chants and harmonies luxuriously spreads itself throughout Blood. The ideas are instant but the reason, patient.

And as the sparse finale disappears in a spluttering whisper of feedback, we’re left knowing what question Pulled Apart By Horses have been answering. They are a band looking to the future, finally realising their place in the history books. Blood is an album wrestling with this dawning, and we have a victor. Blood is their legacy. Their Golden Monument. Build it up.

Buy Blood

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~ by justdip on 31/08/2014.

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