Most Precious Blood - Our Lady Of Annihilation (Cover Artwork)

Most Precious Blood

Most Precious Blood: Our Lady Of AnnihilationOur Lady Of Annihilation (2003)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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I have to admit that this year, in spite of the glut of generic metalcore bands, has been an incredible time for hardcore. Exceptional records from Every Time I Die and The Bled are just the most notable of a long list of strong releases from all over the hardcore spectrum. And, joining that list.
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I have to admit that this year, in spite of the glut of generic metalcore bands, has been an incredible time for hardcore. Exceptional records from Every Time I Die and The Bled are just the most notable of a long list of strong releases from all over the hardcore spectrum. And, joining that list of truly inspired, genre defying records is the newest from Brooklyn's Most Precious Blood.

Revitalized by the addition of former One King Down vocalist, Rob Fusco, and driven by the disturbing events that occurred in their hometown, Our Lady of Annihilation is a vicious indictment of religious extremism, coupled with heavy breakdowns, and Fusco's vicious driving snarl. And, unlike some of their peers who have fallen into the metal pit, Most Precious Blood perches themselves precariously on the edge; paying tribute to their influences who range from Sick of It All to the Cure.

The highlight of the record is, without a doubt, Rob Fusco's unique and powerful vocal styling; his distinctive voice defined One King Down, and is even more suited to Most Precious Blood's sound. But the rest of the band holds their own with him as well; a raging rhythm section pummels the breakdowns, while simultaneously injecting their breakneck sound with bursts of melody. The riffs are solid, and shred with the best of the metalcore scene, while maintaining their loyalty to hardcore.

The controversial album artwork, featuring a sacrosanct religious figure adorned with a bomb is a powerful statement, but no more powerful than the lyrical content of the record. (As an aside, the band was asked to change the cover image for fear of offending people. Instead of changing the artwork, they affixed a carefully positioned PETA sticker over the bomb. Some people are going to be surprised, especially since Most Precious Blood is the name of a Catholic parish in New York.)

Proudly bringing old school to the new school hardcore crowd, complete with an all-star cast of musicians from Indecision and One King Down, is no small task, but with Our Lady..., Most Precious Blood has succeeded admirably. After touring earlier this year with Rise Against, and coupled with a crowd-inspiring release, I imagine we'll hearing much well-deserved praise for this exceptional hardcore act. Recommended.


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ice-cold (May 15, 2005)

In my opinion this cd is considerably better than nothing in vein. Which is how it should be; no one wants to hear a band get worse after a solid debut. I can't see why anyone would like their first cd but not this, sure they got a new singer but he holds his own and then some. Standout tracks for me are Your Picture Hung Itself, The Great Red Shift, Growing Square Eyes, So Typical My Heart. If it's true they sound better live than on the cd I will be very impressed, but I can't see the vocals being as strong live. It will be interesting to see what their next release is like. I'm sure it will only get better.

bemused (November 4, 2004)

I really liked this, they toured my hometown and are truly awesome live. The singer comes across as an all-round nice guy


Anonymous (August 16, 2004)

whoever thought the chick in this band is hot is an idiot. shes good on guitar, but trust me, shes far from hot.

Anonymous (August 9, 2004)

Fuck the record quality sucks

Anonymous (July 11, 2004)

this is


fuckingggggggggggggggggggg gggg


indecis ion was awesome

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

"Aren't these guys on tour with Something Corporate? Man that's a great tour."

Something Corporate? Who's going to be the first to make the obligatory Jason Tate/TATECORE reference here?

Fuzzy (November 28, 2003)

The artwork is terrible.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

Does this band do drugs at all?

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

hey guys, more incoherent flames please

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

and you're not

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

all i know is that the chick in the band is real hot.

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Dave Lombardo. That is all.

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Aren't these guys on tour with Something Corporate? Man that's a great tour.

What's everybody looking at?

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

fucking god awful band

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Not one of you may a valid comment to this review. Dave Witte is Burnt By The Sun's drummer. He has been all along and as I read the insert of The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good right now, it says his name. Also, don't be stupid, Witte is amazing. Just because you heard Crytopsy at your "metal" friends house doesn't mean he is the best. Gene Hoglan would destroy him. I wouldn't base your decision on just one song you hear.

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

maybe i'm not listening to the right burnt by the sun , what's the name of their new full length?? is it: the perfect is the enemy of the good??

if soo, what the fuck are you guys talking about, they fucking suck, and their drummer is worlds apart from flo, are you guys completely clueless, i'll take this new most precious blood over this shit any day.... ( that of course is if we're talkin about the same band)

MajorThreatOiOi (November 25, 2003)

Hey i love this band, its about time some good old NYHC is reviewed on this site. and whoever said that Minor Threat wasnt good needs to get their head checked out... I got this album for free/early i work for a indie record store, and i kid you not i had this in my cd player for about a week straight. its an amazing album, its strong and loud everything a lot of newer hardcore bands arent, id suggest picking this one up, but meh what do i know. Peace

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

Dave witte is awesome. too bad he is only on the first BBTS ep and not their newest full length.

the only rival to dave witte's glory is Flo from Cryptopsy.

FortyMinutesWest (November 24, 2003)

Burnt by the Sun is brilliant, Dave Witte blows most other drummers right out of the water.

aubin (November 24, 2003)

Off-Topic: I went and ordered the Burnt By the Sun someone recommended below. It's a hard one to find, but the samples I found online were pretty amazing. If I get it soon, I'll write a review since December is pretty slow for new releases anyway.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

what is it with these guys and their album art? i mean, i understand that it's an integral part of the album and can really enhance it, but i mean, if you're going to make a statement, do it with the music. their covers just seem over the top, and it comes off as shock value, which makes it cheesy.

GregSka (November 24, 2003)

Er, that should have gone in the Aquabats review

GregSka (November 24, 2003)

Scott, you are the master of the four star review.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

the cover art is weak.. the font is a free one from a popular font website.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

Haven't heard this album yet, nor find the art work offensive.

Also, to the people below (to the Catholic person too)-maybe you should study up on your Christian history. The Catholic Church is just as much a Christian church as a Methodist, Luthern, or Baptist church. Where do you think the Protestant religion got its start?

Catholicism is a sect of Christianity just like any other denomination. The term catholic, comes from a greek word meaning universal or general. This was a term given by the people of early Christianity, because, at that time, there was only one exclusive sect or Christian denomination.

Do your homework and some reading before you say things you have no knowledge of, especially if you claim to be a Catholic.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

cover = so bad

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

every time i die an emocore band????!!!!


you my friend are ignorant.....

and i used to really not like this band, but this release is actually really good.....

i like the cover, i'm not sure what peta has to do with it though..

mikeinflames (November 23, 2003)

Saw these guys open up for Rise Against last month
I was mildly impressed so I decided to go pick up this album when it came out
And all what I have to say is disappointing
They are definately one of those bands that are A LOT better live than they are in the studio

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

Oh yeah, I wrote the comment about California, PA


Anonymous (November 23, 2003)


(Call you out!)

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

I wanted this one, but it was called by Aubin. Damn Canadians.. Oh yeah, to the guy below, I'm actually 20 and I have an apartment in the beautiful town of California, PA.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

yep Rob was very good. man i would've want to see the first two bands. i'm always fuckin tardy. and i want to know how you got in janelle. email me at nycanarchy@aol.com. just curious to hear stories of NY.

(somebody's fakin' it!)

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

you're right. fortyminuteswest is a joke. i bet you he is 25 yrs old and still lives in his parent's house.

Greenvandal (November 23, 2003)

Anyway....who else thought this was gonna be one of Fortys reviews? C'mon, I cant be the only one who was surprised by the user name at the bottom.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

Went to From Ashes Rise first at ABC and couldn't get in cos I got there late and it was sold out - never been there before when it was actually sold out. Well, I was pissed, I DID get in though...we'll just leave it at that - oh yeah, and they were amazing, then missed the headliner DSB (Japanese hardcore) so I could get over and see Celebrity Murders...awesome, Inhuman great, MPB surprisingly good - Rob Fusco is so great, and well, SOIA, what can I say?

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

well, i saw MPB and SOIA. i did the favor and bought it early in the morning. man that shit was hot. both bands destroyed the night. i didn't see inhuman though. BTW, i was the kid in the long sleeve grey circa shirt with glasses...until i lost them. damn hardcore dances.

(SOIA started braveheart! fuck the suicide machines)

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

since when are ETID and The Bled hardcore? did the "shitty emocore" genre kick them out or something?

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

Catholism is better than Christianity anyway.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

"Ahahaha, BSD, thats what I love about you, you just keep 'em coming. Don't ever change."

Damn F'in straight! What I love about you is your progression and evolution which is evident through out your many posts.


Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

this band is boring. I havent heard this new cd, but indecision, and the first most precious blood album were pretty fucking terrible. I mean seriously, they dont really have any real talent, or inovation all. Also the "drawing" was done on photoshop with photographs. I got a flyer for this cd with the artwork on it, and there is no way someone painted the shit, nor did they draw it with colored pencils or pen. Sorry I just couldn't stand reading this shit, because this band is just plain redundant.

sickboi (November 22, 2003)

Ahahaha, BSD, thats what I love about you, you just keep 'em coming. Don't ever change.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Well, any type of point you were trying to get across went out the window with "boy-sucking-dick", but your ignorance shines through as brightly as ever. Maybe if you could back up how you live in "good taste" and Catholics don't, you'd have an ounce of cred, but seeing as you were trying to do a one-liner, it didn't work out. Now fuck off, please.

And Minor Threat, Minor Threat suck.


sickboi (November 22, 2003)

And BSD, the punchline was obviously my distaste for catholicism. Maybe if you hadn't warped your head so much huffing butane in your squat you might have picked up on that one.

sickboi (November 22, 2003)

Wow, the great BSD (boy-sucking-dick) doesn't like me comments. I guess I'll shoot myself in the face now.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

As a catholic, I don't mind this too much. It's an image, and it gets the point across.

Sure, I don't like it, but its not blasphemy. As a drawing, it seems well done, so technically, I like it.

I see why people would object to it, but I do not object to it myself.

Minor Threat

StephNJ (November 22, 2003)

I agree with Jon. Our Lady is just mediocre whereas Nothing in Vain is probably one of my favorite albums.

Greenvandal (November 22, 2003)

Seriously, Bombs on religious figures i old news. Really old news. And also...

no more bands like this please. We have enough, you out number emo/pop punk bands 3000 to 1 at this point, the world sucks, and you just wanna growl about it, which is understandable. but still. Sometimes ya gotta let someone else do the growling, so I dont vomit from lack of variety.

Just a thought.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

"As a Catholic, you have bad taste as it is..."

Uh I don't get the punch line... Oh well, SicBoi never has had much in the way of cleverness to offer to the comments besides the idiotic "comment of the day award". The album cover doesn't offend me, because I'm not a Christie, it just comes off as cliche and stupid... What a fucking revolutionary idea! I think I've been seeing the "biblical figures strapped to bombs" theme on show flyers for a few years now... It's old.


Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Is that Salma Hayek on the cover?

This score is for Hayek's unibrow (which, by the way, was REAL).

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

"As a Catholic, you have bad taste as it is..."


sickboi (November 22, 2003)

As a Catholic, you have bad taste as it is...

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

As a Catholic, I get used to this shit in punk but I don't understand why someone would draw something that seems to be deliberatly in bad taste.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

the artist is very talented but i'm talking about the idea ... it's fucking retarded.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

to the person below....if i were able to kick you in the face for that comment. i would.

that cover art is simply amazing/creative....i wanna see you draw something better than that. bye

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

hahaha the cover art is the fucking stupidest thing ever.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

"hey janelle, you're gonna see SOIA and MPB at knitting factory? i might go. i haven't even bought tix yet."

Yes, Ramo - I'm going, BUT ONLY AFTER I GO SEE FROM ASHES RISE at ABC No Rio! So, yeah, go see SOIA! It shouldn't be sold out...doors are at 7pm.


Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

man some of these user submitted reviews suck ass. If only there was some sort of method to sort the user and the staff reviews...

Hate, Jesus

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

hey janelle, you're gonna see SOIA and MPB at knitting factory? i might go. i haven't even bought tix yet.


Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

I think everyone is forgetting how great they were with their old singer.


Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

The guys are good but goddamn, Indecsion was one of the best NYHC bands ever. I wish they stuck together.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

one of the hardcore bands going. these guys, and girl, write great lyrics with sunstance and purpose.no whining about some one in grde 4 who dumped you on here.MPB are great.
and the new etid was such a disapointment.if you want an innovative and great metalcore album, go get the new one by burnt by the sun

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Actually unconcerned...

I haven't bought this yet, i heard a burned copy...


notfeelingcreative (November 21, 2003)

Ebonics? LMFAO!

superdude (November 21, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. The reviewer should write it in ebonics, so I can say the review with a Jamacian accent and laugh at me.

2. If a religious person ever said, "The Virgin Mary is the bomb," they might actually get agreement from a fan of this album.

3. High five!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Wow now I'm EXTRA happy to be seeing them tomorrow after reading this. I haven't heard them yet. I knew it was members of Indecision, who were a great band, but ROB FUSCO too! DYN-O-MITE!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

"I have to admit that this year, in spite of the glut of generic metalcore bands, has been an incredible time for hardcore. Exceptional records from Every Time I Die and The Bled are just the most notable of a long list of strong releases from all over the hardcore spectrum."

That was a STUPID comment! Every Time I Die is a Metalcore band!!!

As for the new Most Precious Blood CD, it is really good but nowhere near Nothing In Vain. This is why:

1. There is only 26-27 minutes of actual music!!! The songs are two short and there are not enough of them!

2. The drums are nowhere as good as on the first album! Where are the cool metallish kick drum rolls?

3. Track order sucks! Why start with a slow song? I mean the song is great, but not good to start a CD with! Track 10 would've closed out the CD MUCH better with that cool ending it has!

4. Track 11 just drags and is the only sub-par song on the CD!!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

The music is good, but some of his lyrics are horrible.

"WHAT...WOULD...YOU DIE FOR?!?!?"....meh....

"I wouldn't wish this misery on my worst enemy..." come on....


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