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Ink and Dagger
Ink and Dagger
Buddyhead Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Would you like some vampire with your hardcore? Yes sir! Then try some Ink and Dagger, the best bloodsucking punk rock that has ever come out of Philadelphia. You think Type O Negative are scary with their seriously goth tendencies? Ink and Dagger make them look like a bunch of nuns. As Sean McCabe sings/speaks in "The Line of Lies", "Spin me tales of crushed velvet mornings, impaled upon your secret, starry, solemn nights." So break out the black tunics and drain the blood from your face, Ink and Dagger are banishing the sun to Mars.

Sadly, this self-titled LP was their last effort. I say sadly only because their whole MO is highly entertaining, not because the record is really top quality or worth listening to. I remember way back in college hearing about Ink and Dagger from my emo-leaning friends and talking about how funny and cool and rad it was to know that their was a vampire hardcore band out there playing spooky instrumental tracks like "Den of the Scorpio" and "Absinthe." I mean, that is punk rock- none of this screaming political bullshit, I am talking about alliterated lines like "Mirror magic the masterpiece into making me more mental" and "Toe tap tantric touching two times towards the temperamental" (from "Creatures Like Us"). But what about the meat and potatoes of this album? How does it actually sound? The production is muddy, the vocals buried way back in the mix for the most part and the music is constantly trying to decide whether it likes Candlebox or the Misfits better. Maybe I just don't get it, even if I really do want to get it! I want to be 20 again, drinking Pabst in my friend's dorm room, talking about how cool Ink and Dagger are without ever having heard them. And now I have and I don't like what I hear. I do like the picture in the CD case though, of a woman about to slice her naked breast with a knife… wait, no, I don't like that either. I was just trying to get in the mood again. So farewell, Ink and Dagger, not sure if we are gonna miss you anyway.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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