After a triumphant reign as the creators of "evilcore" in the 1990s, Bloodlet disappeared for a few years before emerging once more in 2017 with a full slate of live dates and as much seething wrath as ever. The title track from their new two-track EP Viper in Hand made its debut earlier this year and wowed plenty (including everyone here at Revolver), and now today you can hear the other half of their studio return, "Choking on the Peat."
The six-minute opus finds the band at their best: sonically exploring the bowels of Hell itself with a deeply southern sensibility in every suffocating riff. By mid-song, the progressive, expanding sludge gives way to a monstrous breakdown and weightlessly eerie lullaby-like passages that parallel the themes explored lyrically, as described by vocalist Scott Angelacos.
"'Choking on the Peat' focuses on the notion of death as art," he tells Revolver. "If you assume that life is precious then the climax of life, death, must be the most precious of all. The song considers the idea that this divine moment in time should be captured for eternity giving everlasting life at the moment of death. The psychotic perspective of 'Choking on the Peat' arises from the song's compulsion to capture this moment."
Hear it for yourself above; you can pre-order a copy of Viper In Hand now, ahead of its release this Friday, December 13th. Vinyl editions include a Coke bottle green with heavy aqua blue splatter and aqua blue with bone white merge editions, for the aesthete collectors. To catch Bloodlet live, check out their upcoming winter 2020 tour dates with Darkest Hour below.
Bloodlet tour dates:
01/17 – Karlsruhe, GER @ Weiße Rose
01/18 – Antwerp, BEL @ Kavka
01/19 – Paris, FRA @ Petit Bain
01/20 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
01/21 – London, UK @ Underworld
01/22 – Den Bosch, NET @ Willem Twee
01/23 – Leipzig, GER @ Conne Island
01/24 – Hamburg, GER @ Logo
01/25 – Berlin, GER @ Bi Nuu
01/26 – Warsaw, POL @ Hydrozagdka
01/28 – Prague, CZE @ Futurm
01/29 – Budapest, HUN @ Durer Kert
01/30 – Munich, GER @ Backstage
01/31 – Aarau, SWI @ Kiff
02/01 – Bochum, GER @ Matrix