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Blessed By A Broken Heart

Blessed By A Broken Heart: All Is Fair In Love And WarAll Is Fair In Love And War (2004)
Blood & Ink Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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All Is Fair In Love And War is the first release from these Montreal-based, Christian metalheads, and it is exactly what is to be expected from a young band's first big release: no real consistency in terms of sound and/or style, which makes for a half-good, half-bad album. I usually try to stray.
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All Is Fair In Love And War is the first release from these Montreal-based, Christian metalheads, and it is exactly what is to be expected from a young band's first big release: no real consistency in terms of sound and/or style, which makes for a half-good, half-bad album.

I usually try to stray away from purchasing, or even listening, to generic preachy religious crap, but I couldn't help but pick this album up. Other than having the coolest record cover I've ever seen, BBABH's lyrics are neither preachy nor cheesy, which is something that is very rare to find in not just Christian music but the metalcore/hardcore scene nowadays in general.

I shouldn't, however, say that this album is totally "cheese free." The indie-romance-flick samples that are put in here and there between songs can be a little overbearing, as are the drum-machine, 10000000 bpm blast beats, but those are only minor problems that I actually kind of grew to enjoy. My biggest problems with this band and the album is the (yes, I know the word is over-used) Cookie Monster vocals. It's just way too much. You'd hope a band with such songwriting abilities would be much easier to comprehend. Singer Hugh's vocals can be so drudgy and gross that sometimes I wonder if my speakers have been ruined or the static coming from his voice is too much for even the recording mic.

Also, the song "Mic Skillz" is a track that should've been kept off the album entirely, or at least made into a secret track that hopefully no one would find. It's such a shame too, because the music behind the ridiculous lyrics is probably the most enjoyable on the album. Hugh makes lame attempts (jokingly, I hope) at rapping, followed by, don't ask me why, the screaming of the alphabet. Seriously, guys... what the fuck?

But, negative remarks aside, I do like this album quite a bit. It takes everything that you (used to) love about Atreyu, Bleeding Through, and yes...the almighty Motley Crue. The guitars are heavy and moshable, especially in the beginning tracks "Another Day/Another War" and "That Knife Ain't For Butter." There is actually some very melodic singing that evens everything out, like in "Some Kind Of Wonderful" and "Courting Mary."

My favorite track on All Is Fair... has to be "OMG!" which is not only the catchiest but most well-written track. It's one of those gang-chant tracks, with everyone lunging for the mic; "When tragedy strikes / You're so quick the point the finger! / You blame it all / On my God!"

Just put your beliefs, whatever they are, aside for a moment, and enjoy this album for what it is: a respectable first release from a band that is sure to have a bright future.

 

 
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donkeykongjr (December 22, 2007)

Hilarous live. and GFM teaches solo skills in his spare time, he's got incredible talent. And mic skillz is a joke song. There you go, the air is cleared.

nichhollle (December 19, 2007)

alright, first of all, maybe you dont listen to the type of music that bbabh produces, and that would be why you think its "shitty". and there is nothing wrong with a band who performs to please their god. and the best song on that damn album is mic skillz, has the best brreak down ive ever fuckin heard in it. the guitar player can shred the hell out of his instrument and the drummer is amazing.the vocals, are actually pretty popular right now in underground music, and to people who LISTEN to the music, they can pretty much understand every word. this band has an incredible amount of lyrical, and instrumental talent, and their shows are fuckin brutal.they just got named in one of the "100 metal bands that will rule the world in 2008" i can tell bbabh aside form any bandm they do stand out, if you listen to more than fftl and atreyu, you would realize that they can tear this shit UP real fast with their music. theyre insane, probly one of the best metal bands ive ever heard.

Anonymous (June 15, 2006)

goddamn canadians...

Wow whoever wrote that!
what a fucking douche bag
get killed :)

I dunno why anyone has any problem with the music, the music in all of its own is amazing. It's metal but not really fucking annoying to hear, like something REALLY technical. But i guess thats just my opinion

Ahhh well!

Anonymous (May 29, 2006)

mm, i know bbabh, and they're some of the sweetest guys ever.
& i love their music.
if you don't like it, don't listen to it.
dumb bitches.

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

Bbabh is the best shit out there anyone dissing up their music should go die or the band and all their fans which is a hell of alot of people should kick their asses bbabh rules all they are gods i kneel before them wwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooooo awsome double kick too

Anonymous (March 5, 2006)

haha it's funny how all you kids who come on here and start running your mouths about BBABH. I would love to hear you little shits do better. These guys are fucking so sick.
BOUNCE!

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

Anyone dissing a band because of screaming vocals should die. Im a screamer for my band. I do sing to. But screaming requires a lot to do. Its actually exceedingly difficult. So fucking burn in hell. I love this band.

Anonymous (February 6, 2006)

http://wisemenpromotions.com/interviews/bbabh.htm

"Dennis: I know most bands hate this but where did you guys come up with the name Blessed By a Broken Heart? It has more of an emo sound than metal.

Tyler: Well, when we were forming the band I had met Hugh and we were both dating girls named Sarah. We both broke up with them at the same time but it wasn't the same Sarah. It is really a long story but basically the old singer from my old band after I got home from Cornerstone had stolen my girlfriend. I had gotten home and asked her to marry me and she told me she was with my lead singer from my band so I started puking and crying. I freaked out and went crazy and was depressed for a long time. I ended up at this show and this girl introduced me to Hugh and we had both broken up with our girlfriends and they were both there even. We were both like we hate girls and we should start a band together. I was like you should play bass and we didn't come up with the name for awhile. We were at a Bible study and High wrote down the name and slid it to me. "

BOOO HOOOOOOO FAGS

Anonymous (February 5, 2006)

This band is the biggest fucking pile of trash I've ever heard and seen. They're like every other piece of shit fashioncore band flying the Christian flag because the bulk of the religious music community doesn't do anything but slap their dicks all over the first fruitcake faux-hardcore band they see. Don't think that liking a Christian band that looks like a bunch of ass-raping pussies protects you from your redneck fagbashing brothers. They're absolute garbage, and rape the shit out of any credibility the metal scene used to have. This is the first band I've heard that makes Atreyu and FFTL sound like musicians by comparison.

Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

I admit, I love Blessed By a Broken Heart because they are good but also because they were the first "hardcore band" i ever listened to. If they would have replaced "Counting Mary" and possibly "Mic Skillz" with "Cellar Door" and "Serial Thriller" then I think people would have a different view on this album. Now that they only have like, 2 original members, their style has changed and it has so far been for the worse. I was excited when "Carry On" came out cause it was good. When it was followed by to OK songs I was dissapointed. When "Don't Stop" came out, I was just disgusted, but they did in a way make up for it with "Show Me What You Got" with better singing and a much better beat. I don't think BBABH will ever be the same again. You don't have to agree with me.

fordireburnsred130 (January 31, 2006)

man..i'm wondering if anyone has take a good listen to this cd front to back..besides boasting about the band's religion, fashion, myspace, canadian-ness..who the fuck cares really? it's "suppose" about the music right?..i could care less if they are nice guys .. great.. they're writing music cool..but in my opinion..( i dont give a fuck what you think about it either) ..these guys are over rated, the guitar work can be pretty impressive at times..and i don't even mind the "cookie monster" vocals everyone bitches about..but track after track.. it's just the same old stuff...it get's boring really quick. i give them credit for trying and making a decent attempt at their so called refined 80's hairmetal/core thing goin on....i almost feel sorry for the guy who owns 3 copies of this cd...

Anonymous (January 24, 2006)

simple as these guys are fuking amazing

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

I love BBABH.
They are the greatest.
I have 3 copies of this album just incase something happens to one of them.
It is wonderful.

:]]

SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT
YOU THINK YOUR SO TOUGH
TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT
IS THAT ALL YOU GOT

^^ NEW FUCKING RADD SONG.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

what the hell is in this ryan fuckin head, dont know nothin bout metalcore from montreal man! long life to bbabh!

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

OMG! this fuckin album is wicked! all u fuckers that hate it are freakin loser, ROCK ON MONTREAL!

Anonymous (January 2, 2006)

Blessed By A Broken Heart = Love.

Plus.
They played a show with my boyfriend.. and they played with my hair.

Anonymous (January 1, 2006)

blessed by a broken heart is an amazing band. they're an aquired taste. so if you don't like them, its understandbale.

Anonymous (December 30, 2005)

This Band is fuckin AWESOME , you fuckers that says that this band is BAD your just fuckers with nuthing in your head and that mean you don't like HARDCORE BAND FROM MONTREAL Best CANADIAN BAND EVER

FUCK YALL WHO DONT LIKE IT !

Anonymous (December 25, 2005)

that's canadian music. fuck you U.S.A.

Anonymous (November 25, 2005)

This Band may be some of the most enjoyable metlcore around.. it makes me happy inside=)

Anonymous (November 9, 2005)

fuck yes. this band is amazing.
their sound is good.
their gutiar work is good
lyrics good
and the drums are ace.
to be fair. id like to see any one of the fagends who say this is shit make up something more catchy and better than them. becuase its easy to critisise when you dont have a fucking clue.
and plus cant you see its jsut a piss take.,,. the art work and dressing up. its all a piss take. dont take it seriously. if you picked this cd for its artwork you would be dissappointed as its not shitty classic rock.
its a modern take. so if you liek the likes of iron maiden, judas priest, metallica and such.. dont come lookign here.
go back to your dead and dying out bands.
mic skillz is a piss take. and thats why its funny.
ligthen up COCKSUCKERS
xx

Anonymous (September 16, 2005)

Oh man. You don't know how badly I wanted this band to be a joke. If they were then they would be awesome but honestly, the eightees glam rock look mashed together with the hardcore boy-bitch look. I don't know man...I have to say as a boy who wears eyeliner and girls jeans, this band still takes the few things I dislike about metalcore and blows them up to ridiculous proportions.

Anonymous (August 20, 2005)

I don't care, the music and this band are fucking lame and you all know it...forgetable christian metal? Only a dumb dumb man would spend his hard earned dollars on this shit... it gets a zero from me!

-Ryan

Anonymous (April 14, 2005)

Listen you fucking douche bags , Who ever says Blessed is a bunch of faggets are faggets themselves. I happen to know them personally in real life , tylor is freakin funny as hell , Hugh is cool. I dont see you fucking mofos getting up and writing your own lyrics singing your own lyrics and making your album cover ... If you dont like good for you they dont care so stfu until you become the best hardcore/metalcore band in the word keep your fucking mouths shut douch bags

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

I love mic skillzz!!

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

This album was the best last year. Musically the album is plaim fun and energetic.

Lrically, it expresses their own personal beliefs, whats wrong with standing up for what you believe in?
These guys have sense of humor that made the album overall enojyable.

the cover is funny, original to todays scene and different.

Don't hate congratulate.

Anonymous (February 3, 2005)

Ok everybody here's something true.....I do believe that this band is good, I do believe that some don't think so.....But they still did their fucking music, the riffs are theirs, and the drummer is awesome, the singer's voice is poathetic for some, to my eyes it's a simple and really awesome scream, I haven't even heard the CD, I've seen them live a couple of times, and the're really good.....See right now I'm at schoo, I'm fucking 16 yo, I'm a male, Wearing pink eyeshadow and black eye-liner, wearing my girlfriends pants and a black small famous starts and straps shirt, and I'm not gay!!!You fags should consider the fact that they play the music that came out of their mind, and It might not have anything to do with their style!!!yet it does, I know, cause they followed the trend but hey could be wearing fucking roca wear and sena john and play this fucking music too, they just wouldn't have the fucking attitude.....Nowl et's consider another fact yet forgotten by most of you:THEIR BELIEFS AREN'T YOURS FUCKERS!!!!I was there when they got kind of expelled fomr L'X because Manon asked them if they were satanic or something, and they got mad! Ok I don't the whole problem in montreal story, but you should show respect for every artist, for they create their own music, and when you say their lyrics sucks, my comment is FIND BETTER ONES FUCKERS!!!!IF they think it'scool, IT IS!!!!IT'S NOT YOURS!!!!The music???SAME FUCKING THING YOU IDIOTS!I love the band, I love their music, I love their myspace, and I can tell there is no drum machine, he really plays that fats in Sawing my head off, thank you......

Anonymous (February 2, 2005)

I do believe the cover artwork is a mockery of 80's-90's metal bands ( maybe even a certain metallica cover, well i remember once seeing one that looked similar), if not then it's still fine, rather comic book like, so don't be a bitch and whine about it.

Now, I'm assuming the jackasses that are referring to the band members as 'fag00ts' and 'fags' are the simple minded 13 year olds thinking they're a 'goth' because they listen to Cradle of Filth and have never been to a metalcore and/or hardcore show, if you've been you'll notice alot of the guys wear small clothing and girls pants (that or some nice cammo shorts...), or else that's just here, and in the cities that i've seen pictures of shows from...

Now, for the hating this band because of their christian values and lyrics... Way to go hating christianity just like all your 'non-conformist' friends. Just to let you know, there's nothing wrong with having a belief in something, I myself am not Christian, but I do respect Christians for sticking by their beliefs even when a lot of people today would ridicule them for it.

If you're going to say you hate this band for their sound, just please, don't even bother typing a comment, damn near every metalcore/hardcore band sounds exactly the same, you know that, and you're just lookign for a 'real' reason to hate this band. If you like hardcore or metal then you should like this band. the only negative in terms of sound, as mentioned in the review, are the static vocals, but i've certainly heard worse attempts at vocals like that.

Now I heard there was some sort of 'incident' in Montreal (not sure if it was there or not) I do believe that caused alot of hatred towards BBABH. I'm unsure of what this was, but if it made the majority of the scene hate them, then it must've been something seriously stupid, and I figure that's a reasonable reason to hate them, not their music, but the band members?...I don't know, I'd have to know what happened first...

All in all, if you're going to post just to call them 'fags' or 'fag00ts', don't bother, your oppinion isn't valid to me or to the majority of people that come across your comment.

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

Awesome album if people don't like it and have the energy to complain I just got one question where did you get the energy to listin to it ?

moneenerd (January 22, 2005)

I know its unfitting, but to quote Kanye West...

"They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes.
But if I talk about God my record won't get played."

SilentStorms (January 11, 2005)

Yeah ... great comment below me. (insert hearty laugh or soft sob here)

Anonymous (January 8, 2005)

how could you be tolerant when a band is christian, christian band are stupid as nazi punk or bobodread regae fuck off!

Anonymous (January 8, 2005)

I love this album

Anonymous (January 7, 2005)

One last thing.... Any band is welcomed to have a simple sing-a-long, heck childish, chorus. If the band to which a simple chorus is attatched, happens to be Christian, then the rules change. They should, shouldn't they? I mean Christians are not of the same intellect as the rest of society are they? Oh no, I think they run the same geneology lines as Chimps.

I could name a BILLION so called "Non-Christian" bands who have simple simple VERY simple choruses that if read aloud, would just sound stupid. Yet, if any Christian band decides to sing a simple chorus aloud of their faith and/or love for God, they are held to a different standard. All of you "Open-Minded" and "Tolerant" kids should rexamine yourselves for errors. It would save the the English Professors alot of time.

Anonymous (January 7, 2005)

["When tragedy strikes / You're so quick the point the finger! / You blame it all / On my God!"

Please tell me the members of this band are like 15 or so.]

You're right, because anyone who dares write simplific words about their love for GOD, is suddenly a downtrodden and disrespected moron. I forgot that when referring to GOD in lyric form, they must be held to the highest accountability and written in "English Major" dialect. Here is a proposition---
ALL CHRISTIAN LYRICS must be complicated, well thought out, calculated and proof-read by a PHD in the English language. It should also be censored from phrases such as "I love you Lord" "My hope is in you" "Jesus save me" etc etc. If the suggested lyrics above offend anyone who might not be a Christian, then the afformentioned band should be closely examined and/or given a lobotomy. I think in this day and age, in our perfected "utopian" glass shrouded society, the above propositions would be a welcomed thought. After all, Christians should have no right in expressing themselves through the arts. I guess silence is the best weapon now isnt it? I always thought the pen WAS mightier than the sword any how.

Anonymous (January 5, 2005)

Hey, speaking of homophobia, this is a christian heavy metal band!

Anonymous (January 5, 2005)

score is for the artwork. metal music, girls jeans and jesus christ. sounds like a party. pass the wine.

WNB
-jd

Anonymous (January 5, 2005)

hahaha there are bands here in quebec that are trying to get popular by singing about how we are ruining hardcore... anyways yeee, we are singing to a major... and well have better songs for you guys soon... thanks for the review!! and for being more open minded than alot of the kids in montreal!!

Anonymous (January 5, 2005)

i am so glad to see that the scene out in montreal judges bands for the proper musical reasons...oh wait, instead of basing their opinion upon guitar riffs, and lyrics, they decide to make a proper judgement on a band because of the fact they wear girls pants, and dye their hair black? oh, and i almost forgot to mention their 'myspace'. im really suprised to see such pathetic statements coming from "anonymous" commenters. also, enough with the cover, listen to the music, and learn to base your opinion on something more proper. and im glad to see the last resort of all disses saying "how old are you, 15?" does age have anything to do with music? i dont seem to think so. i am not a big fan of the cd either, but i'm not one to complian considering im glad to see people doing what they want without worrying about how you "fag00ls" judge them.

lohan

Anonymous (January 5, 2005)

everything I hate about rock n roll = this band! sucker

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

worst band ever. they are a bunch of fag00ls with black hair who wear nothing but girl pants. their music and their lyrics suck shit, so does the album cover. they might be from Montreal but they ar getting absolutely no love here from the hardcore scene, weve disowned them. fuck these faggots."

ewww your scene reeks of attitudes seldom seen since expo 86' touched down in your precious smogland. You know deep down that you are jealous that they got girl pants before you did. Admit it

Barkley

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

"Almost every comment left on this review has been about their image or how much they resemble "fags". This is why I hate most young music listeners: always putting image before the actual art, and the ever-annoying homophobic remarks that go along with."

Your mom!

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

In all honesty this is one of the best metalcore/hardcore albums ive heard in awhile, Ive been listening to theese guys since their demo almost a year ago. And mic skillz is a fun track because it shows that theese guys do have a sense of humor which most bands of this genre are scared to show.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

Atreyu, Motley Crue, cookie monster vocals and a screaming alphabet? This is too much for me to give it a listen!

moneenerd (January 4, 2005)

If the only word you can use to explain your dislike for a band is "fags", then any cred you may think you have is totally useless.

moneenerd (January 4, 2005)

Almost every comment left on this review has been about their image or how much they resemble "fags". This is why I hate most young music listeners: always putting image before the actual art, and the ever-annoying homophobic remarks that go along with.

Anchors (January 4, 2005)

I know they're both from the US, but this band is from Montreal.

Thus, making them Canadian!

They were separate comments, you fucking moron, that's why there was a space between them.

Who's the douchebag?

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

"Atreyu and Motley Crue? Jesus Christ, that's the worse endorsement I have ever fucking heard.

I hate you, Canada, I hate you with a passion."

Atreyu and Motley Crue are both from the US you douchebag. You're just as much to blame.

Anchors (January 4, 2005)

Atreyu and Motley Crue? Jesus Christ, that's the worse endorsement I have ever fucking heard.

I hate you, Canada, I hate you with a passion.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

bad, generic, trendy, boring album

punkcorekid (January 4, 2005)

goddamn canadians...

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

I thought the alphabet breakdown was hilarious.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

worst band ever. they are a bunch of fag00ls with black hair who wear nothing but girl pants. their music and their lyrics suck shit, so does the album cover. they might be from Montreal but they ar getting absolutely no love here from the hardcore scene, weve disowned them. fuck these faggots.

Costanza (January 4, 2005)

well this shit certainly looks bad. these pretzels are making me thirsty.

joeg (January 4, 2005)

"It takes everything that you (used to) love about Atreyu, Bleeding Through, and yes...the almighty Motley Crue."

I hate those bands.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

That cover is horrible...it looks like it came straight out of 1985. What else...oh yeah, the band all look like pricks (check their myspace) and that stupid rapping "joke" has been done before by that from first to last band. BOOOOOOOOOOO!

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

"Dont mess...that has to be the best artwork i've ever seen."

See more artwork.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

Oh yea, & anyone who lunges forward to sing those silly lyrics should be shot in the face, twice.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

Dont mess...that has to be the best artwork i've ever seen. Seriously, at least they're claiming it.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

"When tragedy strikes / You're so quick the point the finger! / You blame it all / On my God!"

Please tell me the members of this band are like 15 or so.

theundergroundscene (January 4, 2005)

Wow, this looks and sounds really really bad.

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

You've got to be fucking kidding me that that is seriously the artwork to this CD.

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