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Lethal Tender E.P.

     
         
         
         
     
             
Bloodsport are a heavy metal band from Canada formed in 2017, releasing their debut E.P. 'Kumite Attack' in 2018. The band was created to pay homage to movies by Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme via their blend of eighties style heavy metal. The bands second release, is the 2021 E.P. 'Lethal Tender'.    
             
The band have taken their name from the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme movie 'Bloodsport', with their debut E.P. 'Kumite Attack' a reference to Van Damme's character Frank Dux competing in the Kumite - an illegal martial arts tournament in Hong Kong.    
             
The bands second E.P. 'Lethal Tender', references Van Damme's 1990 movie 'Lionheart', where the actor plays Lyon Gaultier, a paratrooper legionnaire who fights in the Los Angeles underground.    
             
'Lethal Tender' (the E.P.) is thirteen minutes and two songs long, with the first, 'Lethal Tender', a mammoth eight minutes in length! The band are a scorching blend of traditional heavy metal and the iconic NWOBHM, bringing to life the sound of the eighties metal scene, alongside the aura of legendary martial arts actor Van Damme.    
             
The second song, 'Lion's Den', is a much quicker offering than 'Lethal Tender', stretching its legs into the speed metal genre, delivering a much more head bang-able experience.    
             
I was a teenager in '88 when the movie 'Bloodsport' was released, so was able to recognise and relate to everything the band are referencing here - with no research needed. And I totally agree with the band when they say "Bloodsport is Van Damme's best in terms of action and authenticity". If you've never seen the movies 'Bloodsport' or 'Lionheart' - I suggest you go and search for them, otherwise you won't fully appreciate what the band Bloodsport are all about.    
             
Overall, a killer two song attack, featuring a galloping rhythm and the traditional "foot on the monitor" style of heavy metal.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Metal Gods TV    
             
             
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