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Most Precious Blood Merciless


01. Shark Ethic 02. Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves 03. Driving Angry 04. Damage Control Freak 05. Mad As the March Hare 06. Type A Personality 07. Oxygen Debt 08. Diet For a New America 09. Curse of the Immortal 10. World War You 11. Narcoleptic Sleepwalker 12. A World Without Music 13. Temporary Solution to a Permanent Problem
2005 Trustkill Records
Our score 9

10/17/2005

There are two types of people - those who see Most Precious Blood as a continuation of Indecision and those who do not. Upon first listen, it seems that the influences of Unbroken and 108 are relics from days of yore. But, I would vehemently argue that these New York veterans understand their own music far too much to let that be the case. While this record is a step in the same direction as the more metallic Our Lady of Annihilation, all of the elements of an Indecision record are present (even though they stole the name from a Godlesh record). Without question, this is the most aggressive and focused album to date for Most Precious Blood. They aren't afraid to experiment, as with the industrial "Temporary Solution to a Permanent Problem." And they aren't afraid to show up Bury Your Dead with "Type A Personality," which has got to be one of the heaviest songs I've heard in a long time that's not just one huge breakdown. Some familiar aspects return, including more than a handful of some pretty awesome samples at the beginning. Then again, other aspects are mostly absent, with sung vocals present only on "Driving Angry." I'm a little disappointed because I was a fan of Justin Brannan's voice - I figure most people won't note it though. The most obvious change here can really be credited to the growth of Trustkill, at least in terms of finance. This is definitely the slickest production yet of any of their albums. Despite the fact that this was recorded at Atomic studios, as have been many other albums, it's obvious something was done differently here. The fine sheen glosses over some more of the subtle melodic elements, instead favoring a bass-heavy and breakdown friendly approach. Don't worry though, this isn't the new Throwdown album. I'd say it's pretty close to Release the Cure (done by Roger Miret), but cleaner. And, much to my satisfaction, Rob Fusco has increased his performance ten fold. I wasn't disappointed with the lyrics from Our Lady of Annihilation, but this time around the message is so much more powerful and convincingly conveyed. Even though I'm not vegan, "Diet For A New America" puts a lot of intensity and thought into an argument that's been rehashed quite a few times. Bottom Line: I can see this record driving off a few die-hard close-minded Indecision fans while garnering a more solid Trustkill-oriented audience. To that, I say good for them. Three of these musicians have been at the forefront of hardcore for more years than 90% of "the scene" has been out of elementary school - and any success they achieve is more than well-deserved.

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anonymous 10/17/2005 9:08:38 AM

what surprise, this album gets a 9


xBrendanx_ 10/17/2005 9:50:46 AM

doesn't deserve a 9 but it's definitely the best thing to come out of these guys since the end of Indecision and One King Down


XPoopX_ 10/17/2005 10:01:53 AM

I agree completely.. great album.


Marv Albert_ 10/17/2005 10:08:44 AM

This band is lame and the singer sucks.


Puppies_ 10/17/2005 10:44:19 AM

9/10? Give me a break. I officially give up on lambgoat reviews. Generic metalcore gets 9/10


mrwong_ 10/17/2005 10:44:43 AM

They are decent but c'mon a 9?


truthsayer_ 10/17/2005 10:53:52 AM

I really liked their last record. I do not like this record. It's overproduced and dumbed-down. It sounds like every band on Ozzfest.


Cory_ 10/17/2005 11:03:50 AM

wha-wha-WHAT? I didn't think anyone even LIKED this record.


matt_ 10/17/2005 11:29:57 AM

sick band...sick album


tony_ 10/17/2005 11:34:00 AM

"It sounds like every band on Ozzfest." hahaha...not really.


mydixiewrecked_ 10/17/2005 12:19:22 PM

"And they aren't afraid to show up Bury Your Dead", the breakdowns in my farts could show bury your dead. doesn't take that much. none the less, stellar album. i enjoy more with each listen.


jibberjabber_ 10/17/2005 12:20:08 PM

what a bunch of trite nonsense. Generic hardcore drivel


jibberjabber_ 10/17/2005 12:20:11 PM

what a bunch of trite nonsense. Generic hardcore drivel


jerseyislame_ 10/17/2005 12:25:34 PM

too fat no care ever


theforeverfight_ 10/17/2005 12:30:41 PM

shitty band.. i cant believe anyone even listens to them


foojahis_ 10/17/2005 1:31:04 PM

this f*cking record is great...it deserves a f*cking 9/10


Lilykoto_ 10/17/2005 1:40:50 PM

Man....this just doesn't make sense...9/10??? Bands like Cave In and Converge didnt even recieve that! Kinda BS!!!


Aaron_ 10/17/2005 3:34:17 PM

"Man....this just doesn't make sense...9/10??? Bands like Cave In and Converge didnt even recieve that! Kinda BS!!!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Who else was waiting for that comment?


anonymous 10/17/2005 3:42:39 PM

Hey jackass, Converge's last two (original) albums got a 9/10 on here. Unloved And Weeded Out didn't for the obvious reason. I'm sure if you know the band you know that. Who'd give higher then a 7/10 to an album that's mostly stuff you've already heard? Know what your talking about before you post. So/so band... could have been a better album. Glad to see Colin from Age of Ruin doing something other then waiting on that worthless band to actually accomplish something.


bub_ 10/17/2005 4:04:58 PM

Mastodon - 6/10 MPB - 9/10 That's all you need to know, in order to figure out how flawed this rating system is.


jefkjroij_ 10/17/2005 4:34:11 PM

Leviathan got a 7/10. turd.


thereapersson_ 10/17/2005 4:43:47 PM

I probably would have given this an 8, because I like it but there seems to be more breakdowns than their last album. Still, it's not that bad.


thereapersson_ 10/17/2005 4:57:45 PM

Although, I give the band a 2/10 for preaching so damn much. If anyone cared, they'd already be what you want them to be. STFU...


tony_ 10/17/2005 5:02:49 PM

good band, good album, and more crybabies on lambgoat complaining about the ratings. it's one dude's opinion, not the end-all, be-all truth.


dustinoverload_ 10/17/2005 5:45:13 PM

excellent.


har_har_ 10/17/2005 6:12:32 PM

yea I guess no bands can use merciless for a cd title anymore since godflesh did...psh


Hellaween_ 10/17/2005 7:04:25 PM

10/10 This record kicks so much ass. One of the best albums out this year.


Sean Loiselle_ 10/17/2005 7:29:11 PM

I would have given the Mastodon and Converge records 10/10, but I didn't review them. If you think this is generic hardcore you should try actually listening to the music instead of writing them off because they have a few breakdowns.


canwestartagain_ 10/17/2005 8:51:49 PM

definantly an incredible album, 8/10


xshutupx_ 10/17/2005 8:58:50 PM

i havent heard this cd, as soon as they got justin brannan in the band i lost interest because i dont like is vocals much, but form the review this sounds like a pretty solid record; however, i dont see why this deserves 9/10. i think something 9/10 should be pushing the boundries of music and brining something new to the tabel, not just a overly produced generic hardcore/metal album. from this review sounds like an 8/10. i dont think how long you've been in the scene or whatever should make you


pulsar_ 10/17/2005 9:40:21 PM

10/10. This album is amazing. And Rob Fusco is the singer, Justin Brannan is the guitarist.


Surfjam_ 10/17/2005 11:43:46 PM

great album, great review, its gunna do great!


xshutupx_ 10/18/2005 12:56:44 AM

my bad, i just picked a name out i saw in the review. the one king down singer, that explains it better...


killCrewkidsenmasse_ 10/18/2005 1:23:28 AM

all i got to say is they are one of the heaviest bands that put out a NON generic metal/hardcore sound and dont have bitchy singing or lame tough guy lyrics - their intelligent and inspiring, f*ck you whiners


brohahnistan_ 10/18/2005 2:04:51 AM

these are the the first comments anywhere on the web to mention godflesh so "bravo"......this record f*cking slays, makes me want to mosh everything in sight....my room is in f*cking splinters, my girlfriend is in the hospital, my car is flipped over with the alarm going off.....it's that good


Kevin_ 10/18/2005 6:06:08 AM

"If anyone cared, they'd already be what you want them to be" That is possibly the stupidest thing I've ever heard. If you see something you don't agree with, try to change it. I agree that hardcore bands can get way too preachy sometimes and see everything as simply black or white, but saying that someone shouldn't speak out for that they believe is retarded.


tony_ 10/18/2005 11:27:47 AM

hahaha, brohinistan. i know who you are!


zero_x_potential_ 10/18/2005 3:36:28 PM

awesome cd/band. nice to see them getting a positive review.


falling down_ 10/19/2005 1:50:01 AM

this record slays. f*ck the haters. indecision is dead, long live indecision.


TheWood_ 10/19/2005 4:32:43 PM

This album is solid, top to bottom. A huge improvement compared to Our Lady of Annihilation. 9/10 may be a bit generous, though. I would also like to say that the Mastodon album was seriously f*cking shafted with that 7/10.


XdavidX_ 10/20/2005 3:41:45 PM

hard to call a band Generic that's been doing it in some shape or form for years! If anything it's all these new bands that are riping off their sound.


kenwregget_ 10/21/2005 4:01:21 PM

The new Mastodon is unlistenable, and they are an extremely boring band. You convinced yourself to like the album. That doesn't make a 9/10. 9/10 is near perfect a rating, this would have done good with an 8, but there are some amazing songs, so I'm guessing their impact is what swayed the reviewer. Great album regardless.


perfectpatientADHDkid_ 10/23/2005 7:08:20 PM

what the hell is this garbage??!?! a f*cking 9? holy cow


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