FULL BLOWN CHAOS, on their self-titled album, are not improvising or trying anything new. It is hard to think that this is a band that has been around for nearly 10 years on the genre when an album doesn't show something different on it. If this album were released five years ago, it would've been outstanding. But not anymore.
Even considering that last remark, the album is not bad. It has its moments. Some of the riffs and rhythms are appealing. There is talent on guitars but it is not fully exploited. When you listen to them it seems like the band doesn't want to evolve in an effort to avoid ‘making a mistake.’ They play safe and that’s fine as long as they realize that they aren’t going to be on the elite without a little risk considering they have been around for ten years.
Ray Mazzola is a good vocalist if you aren’t very demanding. He has the intensity but is not very resourceful. Mike Facci, Mark Gumbrecht and Dustin Jennings do a decent work with the guitars and bass, and as mentioned, it seems like during production and performance, they didn’t take advantage of the talent they have. They break the progress of some songs so suddenly that you lose track of it, making them boring in the process; “Cain Marko,” “Battle Hymns and Broken Bones,” and “The Walking Dead” are good examples of this case. It feels like the songs are too short to include these ‘slow sections.’ If they'd kept a fast and strong pace, the perception of this review would’ve been different. The highlight of the album is the drumming. It is perfectly integrated to the songs. There is no waste on it. Jeff Facci is a good drummer. His best performances are in the songs “Doomageddon” and “Gutter Mouth.”
Overall, it is a good album. It won’t disappoint hardcore fans and it can be a good album if you want to be introduced in the world of Metalcore. But as I said, considering that they’re an experienced band, I might’ve expected something more mature from them. It is derivative but well done. You may as well give it a try.
(Online April 4, 2011)