Friday, October 9, 2015
Ill Blood- Prisoner of Life tape review
Ill Blood- Prisoner of Life EP review
Mid-tempo hardcore definitely taking a few cues from 90s bands (both hardcore and non-hardcore bands), especially given the sort of groovy riffs the guitar player rings out. Mix in a few mosh riffs, a few breakdowns, and some simplistic though decipherable lyrics, you’ve got this group, Toledo’s Ill Blood. The vocals for this kind of music are usually more guttural and low, and here, they are more often than not shrill and high; it’s not different in terms of quality. The guitar work here is very good; it’s distinct and clicks in your brain right away. I wish there were more memorable riffs on here, but that’s not to say they’re bad. In fact, the guitar is the best thing about this band. The bass is cleverly disguised between the guitar and drum sounds, though it rings out independently a couple of times. The drums are clear and well-played, you’ve gotta love the smoothness here. For fans of mid-2000s era Bridge Nine bands, no doubt. I’m not feeling it as much as I anticipate others might be, but this is worth a jam. Now, let’s hope for a split 7” and see what they can do when backed with a completely different band’s sound. I feel like this is a lot like the movie Shaft- definitely an acquired taste, kind of cheesy and campy, but you can dig it.