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Brand New Sin Recipe For Disaster


01. Arrived 02. The Loner 03. Brown Street Betty 04. Black And Blue MP3 05. Running Alone 06. Freight Train 07. Vicious Cycles 08. Another Reason 09. Days Are Numbered 10. Once In A Lifetime 11. Dead Man Walking 12. Gulch 13. Wyoming
2005 Century Media Records
Our score 5

5/17/2005

"Don't forget your past. You've arrived at last." The chorus line of album opener Arrived suggests redemption, but this will be far from a redeeming review for born again Syracuse southern rockers Brand New Sin. With the weighty oxymoron in full view, leading the imagination to picture spur-booted, horse-riding cowboys descending upon the Carrier Dome to slay some Orangemen involved in a lacrosse game, I could claim ignorance in my attempt to figure out who Brand New Sin really is... if only I hadn't already succeeded in that very attempt. While preaching to the listener about not forgetting one's past, members Kenny Dunham, Chuck Kahl, and ex-Earth Crisis and Path Of Resistance (pasts omitted from the biography) guitarist Kris Wiechmann seem to have all-too-easily forgotten their collective past: The mighty and prematurely-deceased Godbelow, who are harshly absent of mention in Brand New Sin's biography. Easily the best band out of Syracuse since Earth Crisis, had Godbelow continued on and not broken up in 2001 (in order to begin their quest of reaching for the stars, aka selling out by changing their vocalist and image), they would now command such a monolithic presence in both the metal and hardcore scenes that I doubt a prosperous future would have been far behind. The strong rumor at the time ironically held that it was Century Media who offered Godbelow an attractive contract under the term they fire impassioned frontman Dan Johnson (now with up-and-comers Last Season and The Unholy) and replace him with someone more Danzig-esque. This didn't go quite as planned however as Joe Altier sounds more like Sully Erna than the former Misfit, and they were first signed by Now Or Never Records, a label which despite all their efforts, just could not buy Brand New Sin the success they yearned for. Well now the rumor has come full circle as Century Media has indeed rescued the band from unsigned limbo (not suprising, considering Century Media acquired Now Or Never in early-2004), but to what commercial benefit for the label, I cannot fathom. Delivering far more accessible open-chording rock'n'roll this time around, and with less of the metal-tinged riffs and solos present on their self-titled debut, Brand New Sin try to fall back on a predominantly digestible sound, but instead fall deeper into mediocrity than they were already treading dangerously close to on their debut. It's easy to infer that they are dying to enter the coveted and loyal coast-to-coast fan enclaves which support timeless rock, like Motorhead, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Black Label Society, but with strong riffs the basis of those bands' popularity, Brand New Sin likely won't be accessing those enclaves any time soon. The boring guitars of "Brown Street Betty", "Days Are Numbered", and "Dead Man Walking" fail to carry the songs as they should, and again I suspect the will to gain mass appeal was the primary factor behind the over-simplicity of these songs, among numerous others on this album. With a whopping four acoustic tracks, "Running Alone", "Once In A Lifetime", "Gulch", and "Wyoming "(which steals part of a Godbelow riff), the album is also weighted down by an inability to flow and rock throughout, as these jam numbers, while emotional, are not promising ingredients with which to assemble a Recipe For Disaster. Bottom Line: With their former guitarist Brian "Slider" Azzoto having quit between albums, he clearly took with him most of the quality riffs that are sadly absent on Recipe For Disaster. From their intricate guitar work in Godbelow, the other members certainly have the ability to compose and perform better than this; so why didn't they I'm a bigger classic rock fan than most, with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Law and Order, and Thin Lizzy predominating my drinking playlist, so in turn the rehash Brand New Sin are trying to sell here does not fool me. But considering how unlearned most of today's youth are on the roots of American rock, it certainly has the potential to fool many.

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anonymous 5/17/2005 10:37:35 PM

FP


anonymous 5/17/2005 11:55:18 PM

FU


troy_ 5/17/2005 11:57:43 PM

yup, that mp3 was pretty bad.


dunno_ 5/18/2005 12:29:18 AM

[Insert random Syracuse references in first paragraph]. Douchebaggery prevails.


Its Tragic_ 5/18/2005 2:21:53 AM

f*ck HARD TO READ NONSENSE "While preaching to the listener about not forgetting one's past, members Kenny Dunham, Chuck Kahl, and ex-Earth Crisis and Path Of Resistance (pasts omitted from the biography) guitarist Kris Wiechmann seem to have all-too-easily forgotten their collective past: The mighty and prematurely-deceased Godbelow, who are harshly absent of mention in Brand New Sin's biography. Easily the best band out of Syracuse since Earth Crisis, had Godbelow continued on and not broken u


drewcifer_ 5/18/2005 11:12:47 AM

yeah, basically the same review i gave it.


good dude_ 5/18/2005 11:55:59 AM

shitty reviewer shitty dude.. he makes stuff try to sound so good when really he can cut it down to a few paragraphs. Some strong points but overall this reviewer should be trying to write books rather than hardcore reviews..


codc_ 5/18/2005 12:13:19 PM

brand new shit ..this blows ..


MIKERULES_ 5/18/2005 12:30:28 PM

"Some good points" yeah buddy it takes TEXT to make those good points...thanks for the compliment though, I am writing a book actually...about your mom.


ems_ 5/18/2005 2:22:10 PM

i actually appreciate the lengthy reviews even if i do agree or disagree. it's intersting to read.


I cried_ 5/18/2005 4:27:33 PM

Dude, this review is so crappy!111!!! Liek I didn't raed it or anything, but I saw lots of words and shit, and like, OMG ITS TOO MUCH! My brain can't handle it. That and some other bullshit.


jimmy d _ 5/18/2005 6:31:46 PM

this band does the impossible by both blowing and sucking at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


buckwheat_ 5/19/2005 4:35:14 AM

I used that whole Syracuse rant as an example of a Red Herring fallacy for this Logic project I had to do.


Mike Gluck_ 5/19/2005 11:55:13 AM

I hope you cited it, or else it's copyright violation...


richard head_ 5/19/2005 3:44:23 PM

good review, sure there were alot of those pesky words to read but it all made sense to me. Godbelow was sooooooo much better


BobbyProbert_ 5/20/2005 1:57:11 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA BRIAN SLIDER AZZOTO LEFT AND TOOK ALL THE GOOD RIFFS WITH HIM. AWESOME. THAT DUDE SHREDS. BLOOD RUNS BLACK GODBELOW. f*ckIN PEACE. THE INTRO RIFF TO MYWORLD IS SWEET TO


Kevin Dean_ 5/31/2005 11:31:33 AM

5/10 on a hardcore site? Not too bad since we're nothing like hardcore or emo. However, this critic's review sounds suspiciously personal to me. Especially since Michael lied by saying Slider quit. Brian Azzoto was unanimously FIRED! I noticed that the reviewer slams us for being overly simple and he also infers that we are a jam band. We are not an extreme band. We don't belong in a group of reviews with Hardcore bands. The fans just won't get it. I can take a bad review (shit, there's mi


Duskridr_ 5/31/2005 1:52:46 PM

I have to agree with Kevin: This review sounds suspiciously personal. I don't think you listened to the CD at all. It soulds like someone else here also needs to get their facts straight: Kris wrote the riff for My World. . . Other little factlets you probably should have ferreted out before you started writing the crap I just read are these: Now or Never records went bankrupt due to horrible mismanagement; Century Media offered BRAND NEW SIN a deal before they picked up with another horrib


bobby probert_ 6/7/2005 4:28:56 PM

I dont hink it was personal at all. thinki about it it was like an overnight transformation like the whole band wnt shopping together to get the right look. They created an image out of thin air and tarnished a band thousands treasured. It's foolishness. The obvious truth is that this band is a cop out. And i do think that all the poepl in this band are great muscians.Weichman is a f*ckin demon with a guitar. Its just the overall truth this music is only enjoyable when your wasted and you wont r


hater_ 6/8/2005 7:44:46 PM

Bottomline is. You guys f*cked over Slider and this album shows that you made a mistake getting rid of him. I loved the first album but this new one doesn't do anything for me. Where are the killer rifs like the first album? Where are the graet songs like the 1st album. I say, get back in the studio and try a different angle. The talent is there, but clearly not shown on this album. I wish them luck.


Bryan_ 6/27/2005 2:49:11 PM

hey i thought this album was good. My favorite song had to be Black and Blue. The band is a awesome band i belive. They aren't a gay ass screamer band and they dont have that shitty ass deep voice. As you hear from shitty ass bands like Death and Carcass. Hardcore bands suck shit. This band actually has potential unlike hardcore bands. Any f*cktard can scream in a mic and strum on a guitar. That equals hardcore bands. This band is becoming a true metal band. But yes i can agr


slice.your.face_ 11/18/2005 6:43:14 AM

if i wrote the review, i would have used the word Pantera at least 10 times.. this album sucks ass; i cant see why century put it out. i doubt it's selling


Ilovetohate_ 3/7/2006 3:47:09 PM

"thinki about it it was like an overnight transformation like the whole band wnt shopping together to get the right look. They created an image out of thin air and tarnished a band thousands treasured" Oh, how observant. Denim and t-shirts. Clever wardrobe. BNS really thought hard about that "transformation". Why don't you complainers practice your instruments instead of bitching about people trying to succeed! Followers.


jason_ 7/20/2006 3:29:20 PM

yeap i have to agree with everyone, slider was the man that made that band. the new album has absolutely no catchy riffs. have fun trying to promote this one.............lmao