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(Vlad and) the Impalers

(Vlad and) the Impalers: This Blood's for YouThis Blood's for You (2007)
Geykido Comet Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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I don't know about you, but to me a SoCal pop-punk band with a vampire theme is still a SoCal pop-punk band. Four chords and a poppy chorus sort of negate the Transylvanian castle on the cover. And while I haven't really listened to a band of this particular sonic classification in quite some time, .
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I don't know about you, but to me a SoCal pop-punk band with a vampire theme is still a SoCal pop-punk band. Four chords and a poppy chorus sort of negate the Transylvanian castle on the cover. And while I haven't really listened to a band of this particular sonic classification in quite some time, I figure I'll crack my knuckles, buckle down into my desk chair, and give it a shot.

On first listen, parenthesis Vlad and parenthesis the Impalers' songs seem shallow and one-dimensional. Similar stop-and-start ska-inspired riffs (whether on the upbeat or not) populate the first few songs until we hit track four, a full-out ska romp (titled "The Vampire" nonetheless) bringing me back to those days that I used to listen to Sublime. Oh wait, I never listened to Sublime. 'Cause Sublime always sucked.

The kickoff is track five, "Bolts, Screws, Nuts and Cigarette Butts." Party time rock'n'roll guitar riffs and a double time rockabilly beat give it a solid full speed ahead basis to rock your socks with a near-rhyme chorus. Man, that last sentence was way too long. But just when I thought the album might get better, these dudes fall back into their old habits of sounding like that crappy band that used to play the talent shows at my high school while wearing socks with their sandals. Power chords and "whuh-oa" vocals may tickle your fancy, but I'll have you know that my fancy is yet untickled by this album.

Now, I know a bunch of you chumps are totally going to dig this album and whine about how I suck because I don't think the Lawrence Arms are the cat's meow (or any small animal's meow for that matter), so I'm not going to trash the album completely. If you like this sort of thing, you'd probably love this band. They're good for what they are, and if you can still stand a third wave ska breakdown every couple tracks or so, maybe you'd get your kix with parenthesis Vlad and parenthesis the Impalers. But I've already done the Green Day thing back in the day, and the term SoCal makes me cringe.

 


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jesse (April 20, 2007)

"take some history lessons"

Three-fourths of the music I listen to predates the 70s.

Anonymous (April 20, 2007)

Dude..sublime is so irrelevant to this band.

misfitmamma (April 20, 2007)

It’s your prerogative if Vlad isn’t your cup of tea musically, and as a so-called “music critic” it’s your job to give your opinion. No matter how closed minded and full of shit it is. In this case however, you should have given Vlad credit where credit is deserved. They’re a DIY band consisting of individuals who are passionate about music. They’re doing what they love and are loved by many. If you catch them at a show, you can see and feel their enthusiasm as well as the crowd’s. Having this knowledge makes the CD desirable to listen to.

Vlad already rocks, but now that they have two new members [hailing from another amazing DIY So-Cal band], they are bound to produce an even tighter, higher energy, fist pumping, pit inducing sound! Being a band from So-Cal isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great opportunity. You’ve got a variety of venues to play, a wide audience to attract, and a whole shit load of talented bands to encourage, influence, and promote one another. If you knew anything about the history of American West Coast Punk and all it’s sub-genres, you’d know that some of the greatest bands have paved the way starting here, in So-cal.

Now as for the attack on the band’s name, do you even know the actual history of Vlad, the Impaler? He wasn’t one to mess with, and the same can be said about this band and their fans. The band’s name is unexpected for the type of music created, but that’s what makes them different. They could have the stereotypical punk name…something “destructive” or spelled incorrectly… but this is where Vlad has been original and stands apart.

These guys should be applauded for their talents, attitude, and the initiative to do things their own way. YOU, however, should open your mind, take some history lessons, and leave CD reviews to those who have an inclination of what a good album consists of. How you received the privilege of reviewing bands is beyond me.

danperrone (April 19, 2007)

sublime is the best

greg0rb (April 19, 2007)

I just noticed you dissed Lagwagon down there... you best step off homie! Also, this totally seemed like one of your old half star reviews, yet it got two stars? What gives? Never heard these guys though...but stick to your guns man!
-Greg

Anonymous (April 19, 2007)

Jesse is not a punker. Look at his top bands, they would all be considered not punk and shit.

Anonymous (April 19, 2007)

So, another pissed off Old Punker with too much time on his hands......arrogance doesn't make the world go round. Get off your high horse. What kink of music do you make? Vlad is punk, you are not, so get the F@ck over yourself!!

Anonymous (April 19, 2007)

Jesse is sooooo cool. He hates punk rock and reviews a punk CD, way to go.

Jesse (April 19, 2007)

By the way, I wrote the review because I got sent the CD to review. When you're staff, you get solicited to review albums. In exchange, you get a little yellow button under your name on the review.

In summary, little yellow buttons are worth about two hours of my time every week.

Anonymous (April 19, 2007)

first, i wondered why jesse even did this revew. i mean, it's like a 25 year old who goes to high school parties and brags about how cool he is. but i suppose the sheer comedy value of the response justifies the review.

Jesse (April 19, 2007)

Flame war! Go!

C'mon people, I want to get as many as I can in here telling me how stupid I am for having an opinion!

Upstrokes are upstrokes. Unless you're Lee Perry or Scientist, you've got no excuse using 'em.

Anonymous (April 19, 2007)

This is directed to Jesse but left here so others can read. I am from the band and wanted to set a few thing straight. I know it's not very becoming to comment on my own review but I have to say the following: We are in now way influenced by Sublime or any other 3rd wave ska band. In-fact, I despise the third wave of ska and have always felt it to be very shallow. I grew up listening to bands like the Police, AC/DC, the Clash and then got into the old punk stuff. Not the OC jock shit. If you want to say we sound like a ska band try OP-IVY or early Toasters. I have never owned a pair of sandals nor played at a high school talent show. So Jesse, you should listen to music with an open mind and not try to pre judge thing 'cus the band is from California. We don't fit in your little bubble, sorry....

jessers (April 18, 2007)

This review was completely off base! My thoughts: Vlad- Musical Geniuses. Members produce bone chilling music which makes you want to dance. Album 5 Stars.
This Jesse guy should have his license revoked, damn emo lover. Sublime, is that the only “So-Cal” band that came to mind, are you deaf?? Also, Southern California bands are very diverse and can not and should never be placed into one category.

Vlad Rocks, Jesse Sucks!

Anonymous (April 18, 2007)

I'm guessing this band made a Myspace bulletin about your review to get their junior high street teamsters all hot and bothered. But honestly, it wouldn't have been a Jesse pop punk review without these kinds of comments.

And everyone knows pop-punk sucked. Even good pop punk sucks. And this isn't even good pop punk.

-Will

PS- Defenders of Sublime, please get off this board and go wait in line for tickets to this summer's Family Values tour.

Anonymous (April 18, 2007)

the singer of sublime had a really great voice, better than a lot of bands can say.

- APK

Anonymous (April 18, 2007)

Can you not fu@king hear...Vlad kicks ass

Anonymous (April 18, 2007)

Sublime was not "good at what they did". Sublime was good at nothing. Defending a crap band just because you listened to them while you where twelve (or, if you're a sandal-wearing, pot-smoking, football-playing, date-raping jackass, now) is not a good system to go on. I loved Green Day in 7th and 8th grade - I bought 5 of their albums in a year. I don't try to defend them, though. Blechh, on the part of Sublime. This, however, is an excellent review.

Anonymous (April 18, 2007)

the review was written by a little kid. the band sucks but not as much as this crap i almost vomited on.

alleycat92627 (April 18, 2007)

I think you are dead wrong on Vlad and the Impalers. They have a great sound and know how to keep the audience moving. I know tons of people who love this band, including myself. You don't know shit. Well, I guess it's your opinion, but VLAD ROCKS!

alleycat92627 (April 18, 2007)

I think you are dead wrong on Vlad and the Impalers. They have a great sound and know how to keep the audience moving. I know tons of people who love this band, including myself. You don't know shit. Well, I guess it's your opinion, but VLAD ROCKS!

spoon_of_grimbo (April 18, 2007)

the phrase "sublime always sucked" means this reviewer is an ass-hat and his opinions can immediately disregarded.

you might not like sublime, but you can't deny they were good at what they did.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

yeah, what is this guy smoking! Sublime? I don't get it. I would go with the clash as being a closer fit. This guy should have his reveiwing license revoked.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

This review makes no sense. I can understand not liking a band that has this sound but to lump them into a category with Sublime or Socal pop-punk seems a little off base. Clean guitar does not make a band 3rd wave ska. Have you ever heard of the clash, Dead Kennedys, Dead milkmen, or even the specials, or Madness? I would imagine these would be their influences more likely because that is who they remind me of. This guy gives emo bands good reviews so what does he know.....not much!!!

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

wasn't vlad the impaler a name of a "battlebot"?

Did you miss the class pertaining to Romanian history?

AphasiacIIC (April 17, 2007)

oh, and socal scene>>>every other one
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Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

The southern California punk scene is about as diverse as any out there. You'll find every sub-genre of punk here from hardcore to crust to political to ska to oi to electronic to classics like Adolescents, etc. I don't get how you can lump together everything from here into the Epi-Fat category. There are plenty of EXTREMELY DIY bands here you don't even hear about. Whether I think this cd is good or not, I have heard it and I don't think it remotely fits that category. I think that was an easy way for you to express your distaste for it, but you could have been more thoughtful and imaginative and kept your bias for where the band was from to yourself.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

this review is spot on.

feeeding5000 (April 17, 2007)

I love you Jesse.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

wasn't vlad the impaler a name of a "battlebot"?

eYESLIKEBOMBS (April 17, 2007)

By the way, this review just reads like an old man scratching his beard and trying to tell me that my music is terrible. And maybe that's what this review is, I have no idea how old Jesse is.

And this is coming from someone who hated this album.

eYESLIKEBOMBS (April 17, 2007)

Sublime was awesome. You may not have a heart if you think differently.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

I LOL'ed 3 times whilst reading this review. That's quite a good score on the LoLometer I'll have you know.

JaredK (April 17, 2007)

I came across this band's myspace page about a month ago and thought is was pretty bad. Some of the upstrokes and arrangements are somewhat appealing but the lyrics are stupid, whether they are meant to be funny or not. Listen to track 4 "The Vampire"....I do not remember any examples off-hand as I listened to it about a month ago but I recall chuckling at how stupid it is.

Jesse (April 17, 2007)

Now I'm going to get fifty thousand comments about the intricacies and differences between NoFX, Lagwagon, Good Riddance, and 10ft Pole and Pulley.

Fundamentally they're all the same shitty band. Deal with it.

AphasiacIIC (April 17, 2007)

i found this album to be fairly solid and pretty damn good overall. my main complaint is recording quality, get these guys into a good studio and theyll make an even better album

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

wtf? This review sucks. The reviewer is clearly attempting to lump every single punk band from southern California in one category. Good luck buddy! Do you know how many fucking bands are from here? I've seen this band a few times and they don't fit the category you're attempting to put them in. Score is for the review.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

They stole their album title from MDC.

Blech.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

The Lawrence Arms ARE the cat's meow--duh.

Anonymous (April 17, 2007)

So you give Blonde Redhead (who is anything but punk) a great review...and you trash a great punk band because of where they are from?

lame.

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