Chicago's BLUDGEON — the first band to be signed to MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music — will release their sophomore album, "World Controlled", on June 27.
BLUDGEON has earned several distinctions in their relatively young career. When MANOWAR bassist and Magic Circle Music founder Joey DeMaio discovered the band, he agreed to produce their debut album, "Crucify the Priest" — an honor never before bestowed upon a band other than his own — and signed them to his label. DeMaio then introduced the band to Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, who recognized that the band had immense potential and agreed to distribute their debut album worldwide.
The BLUDGEON beast is no stranger to touring. Having performed at the Metal Meltdown III in Asbury Park, NJ and as support act to the legendary MANOWAR on the "Warriors Of The World Tour 2002", BLUDGEON is a band that has spread the crusade of metal.
On the new album, "World Controlled", BLUDGEON further evolves the sound and attitude that helped them to make such an impressive start. By incorporating hardcore influences into their already powerful death/thrash metal sound, the band has reached a new level of anger and brutality. Vocalist/guitarist Marc Duca explains, "I always write what I feel; half the record was written when I was going through pain and suffering. But I don't see that as a bad thing." Songs like "Carnage Begins" and "Consumed By Anger" illustrate the thoughts and feelings of a band that faces the challenges of everyday life with the aggression and persistence needed to come out on top.
BLUDGEON has not only grown musically, but the lineup has also changed. The new formation consists of band leader/guitarist/vocalist Marc Duca, drummer Ryan "Blaze" Blazek, guitarist Carlos Alvarez and bassist Chris "CS" Studtmann. This evolution was not an easy process, but it truly helped to shape the lyrics and themes of "World Controlled". "The band was going through personal problems with the lineup change when I was writing the lyrics," says Duca. "I felt like people were trying to control me and that is where the album title comes from. You might go through changes, but BLUDGEON will always stay true to metal."
"World Controlled" track listing:
01. Unholy Murder
02. Carnage Begins
03. Bitter Emptiness
04. Consumed By Anger
06. World Controlled
07. Save Your Servant
08. Refuse The Truth
09. Hunt Or Be Hunted
11. Out Of Reach
"World Controlled" will also contain approximately 20 minutes of video footage showcasing the BLUDGEON production cycle.