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Blue Monday Rewritten


01. Turning The Tables 02. "...A Moving Train" 03. Lost and Found 04. Next Breath 05. Bloody Knuckles 06. Drenched 07. 100 Inari 08. Bereaved 09. Let It Out MP3 10. On the Outside 11. It's Your Life 12. The Everything Festival
2005 Bridge Nine Records
Our score 7

by Cory
8/2/2005

In the last five years, traditional hardcore has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity after becoming all but extinct in the late 90's, when metal-core became a dominant force. While many of these bands restrict their lyrical content to fighting, being straight edge, fighting about being straight edge, etc., Vancouver's Blue Monday take a stab at making socially conscious, emotionally charged hardcore on their Bridge Nine debut, Rewritten. Despite a few stumbles here and there, the album is the sort of record that could begin the building of a tremendous fanbase. Much like labelmates Champion, Blue Monday have obviously done their hardcore homework and it shows, both in their touring ethic and in their music. If you took some of the more exotic influences out of American Nightmare and replaced them with plenty of Negative Approach and youth crew sing-alongs, you'd probably be somewhere in the neighborhood of Blue Monday. The similarity in sound probably has at least a little to do with Dean Baltulonis' production, but the similarities are still rather striking, particularly in some of the guitar work in songs like "Let It Out" and "Drenched." The only place where they fall short of their aforementioned influences is in their lyrics, which are always passionate but rarely powerful. I found myself wondering if perhaps someone had gotten a thesaurus for Christmas. When a band can use words like "disenfranchised," "vehemently" and "euphemizes" but misspell "barely" every time, a red flag pops up in my head. Perhaps I'm off-base, but properly spelled and grammatically constructed lyrics seem more sincere than references to Vonnegut and Socrates. Bottom Line: The combination of straight-forward hardcore songwriting with clear-cut convictions, fantastic production and the occassional musical flourish, make this a probable must-have for any hardcore fan. Blue Monday are on their way to the top of the hardcore heap.

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The REAL Bob Rock_ 8/2/2005 9:44:28 AM

Meh.


zampano_ 8/2/2005 9:56:00 AM

When are you going to review the new Soilent Green? I need to be told what I think of it.


whitelambpowergoat_ 8/2/2005 11:13:59 AM

canadian hxc represeeeeeennnnnnntttttttttt


wolfpack_ 8/2/2005 1:12:56 PM

reviewer is a gay...


ThisAintSweetTea_ 8/2/2005 1:59:15 PM

They are from Canada, let the spelling slide. Also, i dont think a good vocabulary is dependent on the abilty to spell the words, sure someone should have ran spellcheck, but still, i misspell words all the time, that doesnt mean i dont know what im saying.


ThisAintSweetTea_ 8/2/2005 2:01:03 PM

DAMN IT. ABILITY*


xtroyx_ 8/2/2005 2:05:06 PM

good record, good review.


okarma_ 8/2/2005 2:52:35 PM

8th post


Konstrix_ 8/2/2005 4:19:15 PM

great band.


eaglesbecomevultures_ 8/2/2005 4:36:55 PM

yeah, this band rules.


kingben_ 8/2/2005 5:52:14 PM

couldn't even make it through the mp3. this is poop.


I_Want_this_CD_ 8/3/2005 8:45:01 AM

finally I agree with Cory. well done gaygol.


thereapersson_ 8/3/2005 11:11:56 PM

Count Me Out is still the best throwback... and this isn't that great.


likewoa_ 8/4/2005 3:27:21 AM

uh... the band namechecks socrates and kurt vonnegut? ahahah that is lame on many levels


cry cry cry_ 8/5/2005 4:19:10 AM

great band, great dudes, go out and see this band. and get off the messageboard.


joehardcore_ 8/8/2005 6:05:21 AM

here's a run of the mill posi band that happens to have a generic sound getting a good review.. who would have thought?