Blamed (The) - Give Us Barabbas (Music CD)

Release Date: 04 July 2011
Artist: Blamed (The)
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Within the span of two minutes on "The Lonely Zagreb," lead singer Bryan Gray leads his group into punk rock, aggressive pop � la nu-metal, and some quasi-intense rock, but the song suffers miserably as a result. While the musicianship is steady, the twists and turns lose a lot of steam much too early for some of the songs on Give Us Barabbas to be salvaged. "1200 Stares" has a great arena rock riff pulsating through it, but the stops and starts of the "angry" vocals just don't mesh, making a promising song disappointing. The band is seemingly better when sticking to one format and toughing it out, and "You Not Me" recalls -- albeit briefly -- At the Drive-In at a high point. Fortunately, each song tends to build momentum, leading to an improved second half. "Open Mouth" has a gritty, quasi-heavy metal rhythm, but Gray's incessant howling adds little in substance or context. "Fictionary" hints at punk rock but, like most of the songs here, veers into a new direction in a short amount of time. "Prayer for the Dead" is a very credible tune, even with the orchestral portion seemingly out of line with the track. Closing on "Best in Show," the band has created a hit-and-miss affair, which is sad given the seeds in each track. ~ Jason MacNeil
Release Date: 04 July 2011
Artist: Blamed (The)

1. The Lonely Zagreb
2. The Jealous Answer
3. 1200 Stares
4. You Not Me
5. So Depraved
6. Open Mouth
7. In Szentendre
8. Fictionary
9. Cyclical
10. Prayer for the Dead
11. Positive
12. Instrumental Until We Die
13. Best in Show

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Catalogue No: TND1221