Crimes Against Mainstream Rock
Eclectic. Bizarre. Just plain strange. Such are various phrases that come to mind when listening the Seattle-based punk-influenced rockers, The Blood Brothers. Honing in on an amalgamation of diverse styles of rock combined with their constantly entertaining dual high-pitched vocalists, the Blood Brothers put their foot into the industryâ€šÃ„Ã´s door with their 2003 sleeper hit Burn Piano Island, Burn. Two years and constant national touring later, The Blood Brothers crank the bizarre-o-meter up a few notches with Crimes.Quite simply, Crimes is like a car wreck; fast paced, violent, chaotic and somehow you just canâ€šÃ„Ã´t pull your eyes, or in this case – ears away from it. Beginning with simple yet edgy bass lines in the aptly titled â€šÃ„ÃºFeed Me To The Forest,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Crimes soon sonically explodes into a cathartic blend of loud, harrowing shrills echoed by equally impressive and ever changing guitar work. But the Blood Brotherâ€šÃ„Ã´s real strength is to squeeze some actual melodies and catchy choruses through this barrage of chaotic sounds, particularly in songs like â€šÃ„ÃºCrimes.â€šÃ„Ã¹ In doing so, the band manages to give each song a redeeming quality from all the emotional investment one needs to put into to finish a song.
All in all, Crimes is not for the faint of heart. The varied musical styles presented throughout the album will certainly have rock fans chomping at the bit, but the constant screaming and torrential down pour of eclectic sounds sometimes sees the Blood Brothers trying to be a little too ambitious. Overall, Crimes is a sonic blend of evolving styles in a rock world of â€šÃ„Ãºheard-it-all-before.â€šÃ„Ã¹