Hmmm...I wonder if these guys like METALLICA?
Well, let me just start off by saying that I am a musician, a musician that does not have a band right now for that matter...so I try to respect anyone and everyone in the music world that is indeed living their dream making music and putting out albums. If you can write songs, hey good for you, if you can write Metal songs even better, and if you can write “original” Metal songs, then my friend, you are at the top of my list. With a name like AM I BLOOD well...I should’ve known. But I thought “What the hell, I’ll go out on a limb and try it”. Ugghhh...sigh...
“Original” that is the word of the day. Originality, originality is the exact polar opposite of what this album reflects. As far as the sound goes, imagine a band where the only music the band ever listened to was METALLICA “And Justice for All” and “Sanitarium” but one day the guitar player accidentally heard a STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song, a NIRVANA song and the first part of any random WHITE ZOMBIE tune, but was frightened by them so he promptly ran back and hid under the arm of METALLICA, whimpering and sucking his thumb. Expand you’re horizons! It’s ok! There is life beyond METALLICA!
Now this is the one thing that drives me up the wall with bands. If you’re a cover band, cool, be a cover band. But if you’re “original” be yourself, BE “original”. And for God’s Sake, do not try to pull one on me!! Don’t! I’ll sniff you out! And most other people will too. It’s like this friend of mine, he had a band once upon a time, and this band, well they were all very talented musicians and they all loved TOOL... TOOL! TOOL! TOOL! That’s it, that’s all! In fact, they loved TOOL so much that every song they wrote, were good musically, but in the end, every song sounded like they were trying to sound like TOOL. This essentially made their music kind of, well...boring? One of the biggest no-no’s is trying to sound like your favourite band by getting the guitar so-and-so uses, and the amp, and the bass, drums etc, etc. This same scenario took place heavily on this record, and as a result, the METALLICA influences where so obvious that it almost immediately turned me off, but for the sake of the review, good or bad, had to be endured yet a second time.
The only two songs that really stood out to me were the last two on the album: “Suffocated Love” which if it weren’t for the beyond cheesy “Robot-esque” vocals in lieu of the clean vocals, and the fact that the heavy guitars are just so “And Justice For All”, in your face obvious, it would actually be a decent tune. And the last song on the album “Eternal You” starts off pretty strong...in fact, the opening riff is the best riff on the entire album, complete with some industrial “metal-shop bang” sound in there (a la WHITE ZOMBIE), but soon drifts into the blandness that makes up the rest of the album sad to say.
Bottom line, this was a purchase I regretted, and musical purchases I regret are pretty far and few between considering the fact I’m pretty selective and hardly ever just buy on a whim. And I really hate giving bad reviews, but the truth is I will probably never listen to this record again, and it’s so boring that I really wouldn’t want to sell it on eBay, nor would I feel right pushing it on anyone else. Ah well, I’m low on beer coasters anyway? (Online October 1, 2004)