We don't cover a ton of metal here at If It's Too Loud..., but sometimes we just can't resist when it's done like this. Blood Lightning are a Boston metal supergroup featuring members of We're All Gonna Die, GOZU, Worshipper, and Sam Black Church. They first played together for a Halloween 2019 covers show playing Black Sabbath's Born Again, and then decided to keep going. Last week they released their debut self-titled album, and it's fantastic. If you have a soft spot for thrashy metal with a side of melody despite being heavy as Hell, Blood Lightning is made for you. It has a vintage and classic metal sound, just tweaked to not sound like an 80's throwback. According to the album's Bandcamp description, "Blood Lightning was formed with one thing in mind: get back to the real essence of heavy metal. No pretense. No subgenres to fit into." And they nailed that with Blood Lightning. This is just six badass metal songs done in an old school style but made for fans in 2023.
You can listen to "Hitting the Wall" below. Blood Lightning's self-titled debut is available now on Ripple Music, and includes a cover of Sabbath's 1983 classic "Disturbing the Priest." You can download a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Blood Lightning, check out the band on Facebook.