Totalitarian are a band from Italy that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very fast and aggressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Bloodlands" which will be released in April as a joint effort between Barren Void and Lavadome.
War march music starts off the album along with some melodic chants before going into a very fast, brutal and dissonant direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Vocals are mostly angry yet high pitched black metal screams.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very chaotic style while spoken word samples can also be heard in certain sections of the recording. At times the screams also start getting more grim sounding as well as the solos and leads also adding i more melody as the album progresses.
Some of the tracks also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also adding in some melodies at times. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the music is less death metal influenced than the previous album reviewed and towards the end clean vocals and epic sounding synths are also used briefly. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover World War II themes and the era before 1933-39.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Totalitarian and if you are a fan of fast and aggressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "On The Wings Of the Great Terror" and "Of Bullets And Gas". 8 out of 10.