As Blood Runs Black
Allegiance


2.5
average

Review

by Abaddon2005 USER (18 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2007 | 252 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With As Blood Runs Black debut album, the title of track eight ''(Chug Chug)'' pretty much sums up the entire disc.

Metal, along with Pop-Punk, can be one of the most generic genres out there. Both genres have a lot of records that have a ''13 in a dozen'' feel to them. However, every once in awhile you come across a record that brings something new or refreshing to the table, or a band executes something so well that, while it has been done before, it still is definitely worth a listen.

I've heard a lot of praise when it comes to As Blood Runs Black and their debut, "Allegiance". It was supposed to be killer, in-your-face metal. Supposedly a band of the latter category described above. And who knows, maybe this might also include some original elements? Fact is, that is not true. Allegiance is completely standard fair modern day American metal.

chugging, heavily distorted guitar riffs, some double bass abuse, screamed vocals, add some hardcore-influenced breaks and then a neat clean break somewhere in the middle of the record. It's a pretty basic recipe for lots of metal releases today, and As Blood Runs Black doesn't stray from it. Yes, there can also be some guitar solos found on this record. Thing is, the main purpose of a solo is to make a song more fun and/or interesting to listen to, to truly add something to a song. I've listened to this record a total of four times and now that I'm writing this and listening for the fifth, apart from the lead in "The Beautiful Mistake", none of the solos are memorable, let alone catchy.

The clean song on this record, "Pouring Reign'', is supposed to be something of a breathe of fresh air in a continuous metal onslaught. It's kinda pretty and hey, we can actually hear some nice bass lines on here, but damn, how many times has this been done before?
What can be said about the lead parts, pretty much counts for the record as a whole. All these songs sound so much like the next, they're hardly individual tracks. The album becomes somewhat of a 40 minute assault of the same stuff over and over.

So what are some of the good sides of this album? I'll have to admit that each member of this band knows how to play their respective instrument. It should be noted that the band members are fairly young, and, while not the most extremely technical music in metal today, it's far from bad.
Being that this band only has one guitarist, the bass here stands out a little. (though this will sound crap when performing a solo live unless they have a rhythm guitarist with them) The bass isn't extremely audible but if you pay attention you'll hear some nice fills here and there.

Overall, you could say ''Allegiance" is a synonym for average. It's not horrid, but what the band members already have in musicianship, they still lack in actual songwriting.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
January 3rd 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree with this review, mostly. Bad album.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 3rd 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I was going to review this, but it looks like I don't have to anymore.

For the most part, I agree.

encmetalhead
January 3rd 2007


744 Comments


this sucks from what i've heard of it...

Neoteric
January 3rd 2007


3243 Comments


You're only supposed to rate albums you've fully heard.

encmetalhead
January 3rd 2007


744 Comments


if it sucks does it matter when i rate it?

Jawaharal
January 3rd 2007


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pssh he's right anyways, it does suck.

Pebster49
January 3rd 2007


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I disagree with the reviewer but he made his point on why he doesn't like it. I liked it because of the well placed breakdowns with some killer solos mixed in. The best part of this band is the drummer who can goes on a crazy onslaught throughout the album but yet is pretty melodic. I thought they were very interesting

Confessed2005
January 5th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually really like this album. The band are kind of along the same lines as The Black Dahlia Murder.

Robdz
January 16th 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bad review man. the band kicks ass

ToWhatEnd
January 16th 2007


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

psst...it's not a bad review because YOU disagree with his opininon...

Pluh
February 7th 2007


579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, i like the band though... so i guess that's just my opinion then. the drumming on this album is definitely pretty good from a lot of bands. these guys do need to put a lot more variations in their songs to have more of them stand out...

lunchforthesky
February 7th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

bland boring scene kid metal.

Pluh
February 7th 2007


579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, yeahh... I'm in highschool right now and a lot of people in my school really like this band a lot. It's probably different in various areas... but someone just came upon the band at my school, and soon a shitload of kids were all like "AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK IS THE BEST BAND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!"... kinda annoying and definitely ruins music.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 7th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'd have never heard of this band if not for Sputnik. Around here people like Protest the Hero. Which is cool, since PtH is fairly good.

Pluh
February 7th 2007


579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah Protest is definitely a sweet band... my friend and i were talking about them, and he told me that PTH wrote up all of their songs before any of them were able to play it... and it took them months until they were able to play any of their own material since it was so technical... he told me that, not sure whether it's true or not though... and sorry for being off topic of ABRB

tontokowalski46
March 13th 2007


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first off, i love this cd, cosider myself an avid listener of metal, and i have been drinking canadian whiskey for some time. this album is very complex, technical and created by young musicians with surprising talent. Comparing ABRB to atreyu is like comparing... kevin federline to dr. dre... it just isnt right and is absoultly absurd. protest the hero is like the down syndrome child of coheed and cambria and between the buried and me. it completely unorganized and filled with random fiffs and fills that do not add complexity or depth to their songs. PTH not being able to play their own material means they are untalented, enough said. but as for ABRB, they are talented young whiper-snappers with a great future. btw, they have 2 guitarists. This Message Edited On 03.13.07This Message Edited On 03.13.07

heavylowheavylowmhm
March 16th 2007


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band is sick

makes me want to cry listening to their guitarists scale up and down the fret boards ( out of jealosy of course)

not to mention the sweet double and sometimes triple bass on this cd

Getdafuggout
March 23rd 2007


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This band is nothing really spectacular, but I do enjoy them on some level. The vocalist is pretty intense, I like how he can switch from a gutteral growl, to a higher pitched scream, and even 'bree' at times.
It's a solid album, and I've heard these guys put on a decent show, but definitely nothing very special.

Eakflanderyof
March 23rd 2007


2143 Comments


I've heard their music and seen their guitar tabs. They basically use the same riff in every song.

Basically, they're really bad.

sdonnell
March 26th 2007


40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was that "triple bass" comment serious?



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