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A Perfect Murder

A Perfect Murder: Strength Through VengeanceStrength Through Vengeance (2005)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: crazytoledocrazytoledo
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Victory Records' latest CD release is by the Canadian band A Perfect Murder. You might notice one difference about the band, and that is their new vocalist, and as Victory likes to tell us, he's an American. And with the new vocalist comes a new direction of music for A Perfect Murder. Gone are thei.
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Victory Records' latest CD release is by the Canadian band A Perfect Murder. You might notice one difference about the band, and that is their new vocalist, and as Victory likes to tell us, he's an American. And with the new vocalist comes a new direction of music for A Perfect Murder. Gone are their days of hardcore music with solos.

From the first track, "Strength Through Vengeance," it's obvious that A Perfect Murder have taken a key interest in Pantera. Their music is a mix of Pantera-inspired metal with metalcore. New vocalist Kevin Randel really seems to try to sound a lot like Philip Anselmo throughout the entire CD, and most of the time, he can do it pretty well. The problem with Randel is he thinks he can perform well on his clean vocals. His terrible singing on "Wake Up And Die" completely ruin a majority of the song and almost make you laugh at him trying to pull the clean vocals off. At least he doesn't venture into it too much.

Musically, listening to "Snake Eyes" you'll think your listening to a bad Pantera song. In the end, A Perfect Murder is just missing something musically. They just can't pull the Pantera sound off really well and it shows on "Path Of Resistance," where they ditch that sound and actually sound quite good with a nice solo in the middle of the track. It's probably the best track because it's the only song that doesn't sound like another band they ripped off. If A Perfect Murder were to venture into that direction, they'd sound a lot better and not like every band that tries to sound like Pantera. Also, the CD's cover also seems to have an art design similar to the new Silverstein disc, just a different color scheme.

In the end, A Perfect Murder just aren't their own band and seem to be going through the motions. Nothing about Strength Through Vengeance is really special because it all sounds like other bands out there. If you want to listen to something like this, go pick up an old Pantera CD. At least that won't disappoint you.

 


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Anonymous (May 26, 2006)

Best thrash metal cd released in a long time. These guys churn out some incredibly tight riffs and superb drumming. The new vocalist is hands down more talented than their previous voice man and while he may sound like Phil's brother, the angst and power of his chords are pure.

To the plastic pipe smoking kids talking shit with their Talking Back Sunday and Silverstein suggestions, give that shit up now girlz before it's too late.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

Excellent

crazytoledo (January 30, 2006)

It's actually really bad.

If it werent for all the other crap, it could be a worse of cd.

Either way, huge disappointment, I kind of've liked a little bit of their older material with the old vocalist, who was way better.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

BEST ALBUM OF 2005!!! DON'T LISTEN TO THIS F*CK HEADS REVIEW. HE DOESN'T KNOW DAMN GOOD WHOOP ASS METAL i GUESS! Thank God this band came along! I have been missing music like this! 100% whoop ass metal and none of that cry baby, I wear eyeliner cuz i'm in a metal band crap!!!

10 out of 10 for me! and go check out the new Sworn Enemy CD! it's even 10 times better then the first one!!!

tristan (September 22, 2005)

Unbroken wasn't exceptional but, even still, this is a disappoinment.

crazytoledo (August 22, 2005)

If cloning bands that reigned in the 90s is what it takes to be awesome then sign me up.

APM is generic garbage and if you read the reviews, the APM got a better score than Silverstein and HH.

Anonymous (August 20, 2005)

fuck all you dickheads that think a perfect murder is not metal. the drop kick ass riffs alot better thar hawthorne, or silverstien ever dream a perfect murder kix ASS

Anonymous (August 13, 2005)

A Perfect Burger

crazytoledo (August 12, 2005)

Pepperoni Pizza Lean Pockets with Cheese Sauce > Pizza with taco sauce.

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

the only thing worse than this band, by the sound of things, is this review.

i just had a slice of cheese pizza, that i put taco bell hot sauce on. and it fucking ruled.
-TOBB

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

a perfect murder...shut the hell up. most cliche hardcore band name ever.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

Wyzo-

I'm not really a pro-Skrewdriver fighter or anything, I was just bringing up a fact that not many people know because, well... I don't appreciate ignorance. Maybe you'll understand in all your 20's-30's greatness...

-BSD

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

maynard kinda let me down on this album.

skrewdriver were horrible. there is enough good music in the world that even if you could, one needs not make allowances for their first record just so it is eligible for possible future decent music consideration. It's not worth the time or effort.

Making Tesla get credit for the radio over Marconi? More of a benefit.

Redeeming that first skrewdriver record from generalization and a corrupted post-LP lineup? Let it go. Mercy killing. Move on to better fights that can be won.

and after about 20, the term elitist tends to be fairly meaningless. Maybe what us old folks are trying to say is a little humility never hurt anyone. If you don't even know how to take a pulse, don't perform brain surgery.

wyzo

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

A perfect murder sucks! Taking back sunday, hawthorne heights, spitalfield, silverstein, and bayside rule!

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Hey Ken,

It's ignorant to say that Skrewdriver were fascists. Their original line-up (which recorded a single or two and a semi-popular album) was made-up of socialists, in the democratic sense. Their vocalist, after the first album, fired his band and started using Nazism as a gimmick to sell more records to a budding National Front presence in the scene... Disgusting, eh? But in any case, the first Skrewdriver LP has a few catchy tunes and no bonehead lyrics what so ever. Their singer was just an opportunist. You can't fault the original guys for that.

And to the guy who thinks all kids are tools: Old guys who are elitist to kids have no purpose in punk rock.

-BSD

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Why is it OK to like "pre-fascist" Skrewdriver? Its not like they woke up the day after their first album and were like, "You know that hitler? ...Not such a bad guy!" There are a ton of decent oi bands, can't people just pick one that didn't go on to exponentially increase the white-power scene around the world?

-Ken

really, someone chime in on this, I'm curious.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Wow, I read their name and thought "Generic Metalcore Shit". I have the gift, friends. Call me Nostradamus!!

-Ken (Nostradamus)

Anchors (August 10, 2005)

That third paragraph made me reach for the Advil.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Hahaha now we finally know why BSD is such a giant tool. You got cussed out at school? Awww. You must be like fifteen. It all makes sense now. I guess maybe you're not just autistic.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

I think Ashley Simpson needs to be tea bagged. A mouth's a mouth.

Inspection12e (August 9, 2005)

Oh man HAHAHA. Yes, I know I'm going to hell. Score is for the term.

I propose a new term.

Dimebag - to shoot a particularly shitty performer while onstage.

Example:

Ashlee Simpson really sucks. She needs to be dimebagged.

I'll be here all week. Try the chicken. Tip your waitress.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

I liked the last album alot...pantera isnt realy my thing..so I guess I shouldnt get this?

kirbypuckett (August 9, 2005)

A friend drug me to a Black Label Society show a few months ago and let me tell you, that place was steakhead central. And between every song, Zak kept going on and on about Dimebag. It was nothing but "Dimebag...this, Jesus....that."

I went to Ozzfest this year and every person that wasn't wearing a Slipknot shirt had one w/ Dimebags head covering the entire thing.

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

you don't make a fuck to me!

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

I agree, somewhat. Like Hatebreed (begin laughing now), I like the music, not necessarily the message. Its the little bit of meathead in me, just want something I can bang my head to.

A friend drug me to a Black Label Society show a few months ago and let me tell you, that place was steakhead central. And between every song, Zak kept going on and on about Dimebag. It was nothing but "Dimebag...this, Jesus....that."

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

No, Sickboi, you forget that I like Slayer and Entombed. Dimebag was a guitarist who could play some solos. He was also an asshole. And Pantera, on the whole, sucked. They were waaaaay too hick-sounding for my tastes, and I don't care if a band's fans are hicks, but when the band themselves prove to be nothing more than bigoted assholes, that does become a problem.

It's like saying: Skrewdriver made some really good Oi. Sure, they made good "oi" punk or whatever, but they still sucked because the band personally (after their first album, anyway) stood for racist trash.

-BSD

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

While I disagree with a lot of what Pantera stood for, and think a large majority of their fans are racist meatheads, you CAN NOT deny the fact that Dimebag was one HELL of a guitarist.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

I propose a new term.

Dimebag - to shoot a particularly shitty performer while onstage.

Example:

Ashlee Simpson really sucks. She needs to be dimebagged.

I'll be here all week. Try the chicken. Tip your waitress.

karasu (August 9, 2005)

I killed Dimebag.

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

I'm no maniacal fan, but Pantera rocked. Sorry that don't have enough "underground" cred for you.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

As if Pantera didn't suck hard already.

Heh... I'll never forget the time I got cussed out at school for making a "I heard someone smoked a Dime Bag" joke the day after that stupid redneck got off'd.

-BSD

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Pantera get mentioned 5 times in this review. In four paragraphs. The name of the band reviewed is only in there 6 times.

We get it. They sound like Pantera. Way to labour a point.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Fuck yeah, faget, Im gonna go put my PANFUCKINTERA record in my truck and repeteadly run ove rmy wife and some of those niggers livin down the county road.

RESPECT? ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?

BUSH 08

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Great fucking record!!

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