Bulldozer-Unexpected Fate (Scarlet)
Sometimes, respected bands just shouldn’t reform. The end results never justify the means, and we’re left with a heartless, soulless ‘comeback’ effort which just doesn’t do said band any justice.
Luckily for us, Italy’s Bulldozer are determined NOT to become a casualty of said scenario, instead providing us with Unexpected Fate; a blower effort which, while not necessarily capturing the relentless, reckless charm of the Italian band’s ridiculously OTT 80s efforts, more than suffices for a ‘fuck yeah, bring it on!’ comeback ass kicking.
Bulldozer do certainly try their damnedest here on Unexpected Fate, delivering a tight-as-hell, extreme and super-heavy thrash assault which sounds frenetically modern in its attack. If anything, such an effort smacks more of latter day Bulldozer-think IX or Neurodeliri-than any of the sloppy and off-time Motorhead worship of the early 80s. It was those albums-1985′s Day of Wrath and 1986′s The Final Separation-which cemented Bulldozer as Italy’s answer to Venom and Sodom; an out of control, proto-black metal enigma which was rabidly violent and aggressive in its intent, and charmingly offensive in style.
These days, the band seems a bit more serious, and Unexpected Fate reflects this, displaying a more mature and capable outfit which seems a bit more focused on creating one heavy racket than indulging in past craziness. There’s still a slight tinge of classic Bulldozer groove within Unexpected Fate, however; a strong reason for fans of the band’s old school output to give this one a fighting shot.
Not bad…not bad, at all.
Written by MetalGeorge