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PostPosted: 18 Dec 2005 09:03    Post subject: Blameshift-Drop Down Reply with quote

Artist: Blameshift
Title: Drop Down
Genre: Metal-Punk-Rock
Label: Can't Stop Records

Blameshift is hitting the ground running and already their killer new album Drop
is in the Top 10 FYE Indie Charts. I like to call music like this beautiful
noise, because it creates all sorts if imagery, both sides of the coin from the book of
life if you will.

This is definitely not music for the faint of heart; it snarls, spits, then scratches and
claws its way into your soul. Like it or not, it is effective and it grabs you. What made
this entire CD so enjoyable for me was the give and take of Tim Barbour's and Jenny Mann's
vocals, playing off each other as a tag team rock 'n' roll machine. This is all built on
the chunky, heavy-duty guitar riffs of Dan Leto and some powerhouse bass (now played by
Dave Kaplan, who joined the band after the album was recorded). James Miller holds up the
bottom end with some vicious skin pounding, which makes for a non-stop pure raw energy
that really digs in and gets some traction. Let me just say that this is not a leisurely
walk in the park. It is more like walking through a dark back alley in the city wondering
what is going to pop out from around a corner; the anticipation and excitement never lets
up. If you like that living-on-the-edge excitement, this CD could provide that feeling and
atmosphere easily.

So what do you like? If it's metal, punk, rock, even some rap thrown in here and there,
and if you happen to like it all, Blameshift is your ticket to a listening orgasm. The
opening and title cut starts off with a voice saying "Honey I got news for you" then a
jagged edged guitar and thumping bass comes in as Jenny Mann starts singing in her sweet
sexy voice. Every track has tremendous energy showing different facets and evolutions of
the band. "From Here On In" features a rip tide of instruments all at once, and it shows
how the band can rock straight out and slow down and provide some tasteful licks,
particularly on guitar. These are just two examples of an ongoing force of authority and
vigor that prevails throughout this album. This band has a mass appeal that will more than
likely find them national recognition in a short period.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

December 17, 2005

Rating 8/10

1. Drop Down (3:1icon_cool.gif
2. Sanctuary (3:03)
3. From Here On In (3:23)
4. Next in Line (4:01)
5. Love/Misery (3:39)
6. Royal Life (2:56)
7. The Maguire Incident (4:09)
8. Picture of a Person (3:51)
9. Haunted Dreams (3:3icon_cool.gif


Jenny Mann-vocals
James Miller-drums
Dan Leto-lead guitar
Tim Barbour-rhythm guitar, vocals
Anthony Kondyra-bass
Guest Vocals on "Next in Line"-Acrimony

Blameshift Website

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