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Blood Brothers
Burn Piano Island, Burn
Artist Direct Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
What The Blood Brothers offer up on Burn Piano Island, Burn is not easily accepted. Your audio-immune system will probably shut it out as noise, but after 2 or 3 listens the style begins to rub off by magic of repetition and/or a hidden catchiness.

In the tradition of the original hardcore style, this brand of punk rock is too aversive for all but the most dedicated listener. With two full-time vocalists screaming like they have become too intimate with the gasoline, Burn Piano Island, Burn is an impenetrable monster of an album at first listen. Fierce and crispy guitars jab into a musical body filled by an intense rhythm section and the occasional piano, xylophone, or rare synth timbre.

Most of the album seems rushed (in both tempo and production), but there are occasional breaks in the melee for a slower, more melodic focus. The familiarity that comes with repeated listens will ultimately allow the rushed parts to seem clear and organized. One will eventually come to feel that The Blood Brothers possess qualities that reach beyond the noisy hardcore that one may initially perceive as the whole of their sound.

Vocals range from screams that could shave a cat to parodies of the voice from that annoying "Teenage Dirtbag" song, and the parts used to fill in the holes in their general sound range just as far and wide in scope and style. Various keyboard sounds, ska-like upstrokes and quick lead guitar licks appear unexpectedly in the mix, and one wonders how the band reproduces each of these minor parts, not to mention the many pages of screwed-up lyrics.

With repeated spins, this album is just getting better and better... I didn't warm to Burn Piano Island, Burn very much the first time I heard it but, while I can't claim to have understood it at this point, I must say that the entire album seems pretty incredible. I also expect it to keep getting better. Maybe the standards have simply been lowered, or perhaps The Blood Brothers are really on to something... It's a close call, but I'm leaning toward the latter.

Reviewed by Lance Birch

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