Trigger The Bloodshed - The Great Depression (Metal Blade/Riot)

After a sub-standard debut, British death merchants Trigger The Bloodshed have returned, with some new recruits, to stamp on the faces of all their critics.

As a genre, death metal has to be one of the most difficult to break into, with fans proving insanely hard to please. A lot has been said about Trigger the Bloodshed since they first came onto the death metal scene, and a large percentage of it wasn't exactly favourable. Debut album Purgation was anything but praised, so the second full-length really needed to impress. And if Trigger the Bloodshed continue producing work of this calibre then it won't be long before they're on Glen Benton's Christmas card list.

If you talk to lead singer Jonny Burgan (replacement for original vocalist Charlie Holmes) he's a very polite, well spoken chap. His physical presence isn't particularly extraordinary and despite having a beard, he can't escape looking like a lad barely into his teens. However, once he's got the mic in his hands, a creature emerges from within to deliver an exquisite mix of coherent vocals and fucking horrible noise. Although by no means the most astounding vocalist of the genre, Burgan adds just the right amount of nasty to the wall of sound behind him, and, over the next few years, I'll wager he too will end up an oak-necked croaking mental like ol' Corpsegrinder.

Musically, The Great Depression is an immensley compelling listen. Songs such as The Dead World (imaginitive title guys...) combine a frenzy of fretwork by guitarists Rob Purnell and Martyn Evans and more thoughtful, down-tempo breaks. Regardless of the speed of the song, new drummer Dan Wilding (formerly of Aborted) is tight as a pair of leggings on a fat chick, and his blasting/cymbal work is truly awesome, never more so than during The Infliction of Tophet.

Six songs into The Great Depression there's a couple of minutes of ambient, technological fuzzing reminiscent of 7426, the intro to Slipknot's eponymous debut album, which gives you time to breathe before Contempary Perception Narcotics smacks you round the back of the head with a cricket bat and pisses into the bleeding wound.

There is no doubt that Trigger The Bloodshed have answered their critics with this album. A disappointing debut could have crippled their confidence but instead they've taken on board the criticism, reloaded their ranks with a great frontman and genius on the drums and come back with a vengeance. Awesomely brutal.

Trigger the Bloodshed's The Great Depression is out now on Metal Blade/Riot.