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Inked in Blood - Lay Waste the Poets (Cover Artwork)

Inked in Blood

Inked in Blood: Lay Waste the PoetsLay Waste the Poets (2005)
Facedown Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: William_DavidWilliam_David
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Do you see that guy being burned at the stake on the cover of the album? Turns out that's symbolic of the pain you will often suffer while attempting to listen to this album. In dragging out the poetic concept to its fullest, Inked in Blood has opted do divide their album into four stanzas: Condi.
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Do you see that guy being burned at the stake on the cover of the album? Turns out that's symbolic of the pain you will often suffer while attempting to listen to this album.

In dragging out the poetic concept to its fullest, Inked in Blood has opted do divide their album into four stanzas: Conditions, Convictions, Confessions, and Resolve. Going into the later stanzas, Lay Waste the Poets actually gets a little better, but never really hits a point that would be considered "good."

The opening track, "All That Remains," starts off with an awful scream of the title that just sounds over the top, and as a result, ridiculously cheesy. This track also feels dragged out at 5:26, and just chugs along slowly, which is never a good way to start an album. This feeling continues with a few 4-plus minute songs, and another 5-plus minute one later in the album. They are far from poetic masterpieces and get boring shortly into each of them.

The listener can start getting into a few things by track 6, "The Sonnettes of Our Lives," but it's too little, too late. They are not a band completely without talent, but it seems that their sound has been derived (unfortunately) from some of the less gifted hardcore acts. In the end, it just sounds like Inked in Blood is trying to sound too bad-ass, and that they are missing the element of musical quality that is needed for a solid album.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
fishi666 (September 6, 2008)

ok WHAT???
this band are the best in the world. They show the most amazing skills of mixing really heavy riffs that make you want to bang your head, and melodys as well.
How can it get better?
Oh, and the lyrics are.. unspeakably good.. only they would have enough skill with lyrics to say how amazing they are..

boring. sure. if you just listened.. you would find it the very least boring thing on this planet.

I am sick of people judging music by its cover, or saying its 'too much', or dissing their Amazing Beautiful ability to growl/scream.

Goddammit people.

Anonymous (April 2, 2006)

this albums amazing and screw anyone that doesnt agree your just jealous and forget anyone that says watch out for bands with blood in the title
inked in blood
blood brothers
3 inches of blood
blood for blood
blood has been shed
bloodsimple
ALL GREAT

Anonymous (January 22, 2006)

"the score is for allwong close minded religions to invade punk rock."

good point. we wouldnt want to get all closed-minded now, would we? then we might start excluding people.

Anonymous (January 9, 2006)

Upon listening to the melodic genuis that is Inked In Blood, one can only assume that William_David is smoking crack. The album personifies the gift of melody and triumph into the metal scene. Inked in Blood breaks through boundaries that haven't yet been created. I give the album the highest possible score. I love it

Anonymous (December 19, 2005)

I actually like this one. Its a grower. reminds me more of the older screamo bands like SKYCAMEFALLING than the modern haircut/tight jeans bollocks that's masquerading as hXc.

Steveoath

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

This album does suck.

'Nuff Said.

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

this album sucks, i haven't listened to it, im judging it by the cover.

Anonymous (December 10, 2005)

the score is for allwong close minded religions to invade punk rock.

Anonymous (December 10, 2005)

Take that portland oregon!

Foaming_97 (December 9, 2005)

i love how people are always like " ohhhhh emooooo ooooo cut, bleed, emo fag pussy grr die emo fag grrrr "
and then they go off and put in a cd with a title like this into their cd player
lol

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

I disagree - great album.

sickboi (December 9, 2005)

Solid review. Critically intelligent, yet subtle.

rkl (December 9, 2005)

as he said, always beware of bands with "blood" in their name.

hitlerbadzakgood (December 9, 2005)

youve never heard of the blood brothers then.

theundergroundscene (December 9, 2005)

so fucking boring

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

always beware of bands with the word blood in their name. always.

Anonymous (December 9, 2005)

foist.

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