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Sunday Old School: Blood From The Soul

In the past, we've looked at several supergroups such as Fantomas and Bloodbath, while mentioning the likes of Velvet Revolver and GTA. However, with the possible exception of Rob Halford and John 5's band, Two, we haven't really examined a collaboration project as such, what happens when two established musicians come together to record an album. This week, we'll be looking at just that, a band formed by two highly respected men in their respective genres, who put their heads together to create Blood From the Soul.

Blood From the Soul can trace its roots back to the New Titans on the Bloc tour, a response to the Clash of the Titans tour, which featured Sepultura, Sacred Reich, Napalm Death and Sick Of It All. It was during this tour that Shane Embury, the bassist of Napalm Death, struck up a friendship with Sick of it All frontman Lou Koller and the duo expressed an interest in working together on a project.

Around this time, many members of Napalm Death were involved in other projects, something which was seemingly for financial reasons as well as creative, as being professional musicians, downtime was almost a detriment to their income. Jesse Pintado was hoping to work on a follow up to Terrorizer's, "World Downfall" album, while at the same time, Mitch Harris was working on the debut album with for Meathook Seed, an industrial metal project he'd put together with members of Obituary.

The industrial sound perhaps rubbed off on Embury, who was also working with Jello Biafra, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory and others on Brujeria at this point, and when it came time for him and Koller to enter the studio, the result was a unique one, which was mostly dubbed industrial hardcore. The collaboration was dubbed Blood From the Soul and gave birth to one album in 1993, "To Spite the Gland That Breeds." The record's mix of hardcore, industrial and some subtle grindcore sounds was well received by those who heard it and the album was met with some highly positive reviews.

Though it appeared to be a one off project, seemingly the only one which Lou Koller involved himself with, Sigh frontman Mirai Kawashima was brought in later to become the new vocalist, sparking rumours of a second album. To date, this has not happened, though a Facebook page which may or may not be authentic claims that there could yet be more music from this revered, if somewhat obscure band. Though fans will no doubt be hoping that Embury does indeed feel the need to return to the project soon, be it with Koller or Kawashima, for now, we can at least treasure one of the most fascinating side groups in the long list of endeavours from the Napalm Death boys.

Blood From the Soul - "Painted Life"

Blood From the Soul - "Natures Hole"

Blood From the Soul - "On Fear and Prayer"

Blood From the Soul - "To Spite"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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