Saliva
Blood Stained Love Story


1.0
awful

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
June 19th, 2007 | 28 replies | 9,087 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Saliva comes back with a winding, boring, drawn-out love epic filled with slow nu-metal ballads that don't feature what made Saliva popular in the first place.

Rap rock is dead. Nu metal is dead. Well, I guess then Saliva is dead. Fusing rap/rock and nu-metal, you had Saliva. Saliva took a few years off; came back with a dead genre and sent this pitiful attempt at a record into the mainstream. I've never been a big Saliva fan; but still let me say that Blood Stained Love Story may be one of the worst records ever recorded. They've taken a step towards the mainstream, but this album is so bad that mainstream rock radio stations didn't even pick it up. Saliva should have stayed dead.

There's so many songs that just make your ears bleed. From the unbelievably pointless opener Ladies and Gentlemen, to the ballad Here With You, Blood Stained Love Story manages to be worse than mediocre. It's terrible. They lost the hard rock edge they had before with previous albums and managed to throw countless ballad after ballad at you. The songs all sound alike. They have no identity; no feel. The title says it all; it's a Love Story with listener's blood shed all over it.

There's a few scattered rockers which have the edginess Saliva was known for; songs like Ladies and Gentlemen, King of the Stereo, One More Chance, and Black Sheep. Ladies and Gentlemen has some interesting noises, good guitar riffs and some nice vocals, but the lyrics are completely corny and pointless. They manage to add a cheap 'BOOM!' to the front of the chorus just so it could possibly be as successful as Click, Click, Boom! but it doesn't; it just adds to the randomness of the song. Of course there's the rap/rock wanker King of the Stereo which feels like an old Saliva song, but with one of the worst choruses ever and the worst voice effect I've ever heard the song quickly becomes pain for the ears. One More Chance is tolerable, featuring a rather unoriginal verse, but an old Saliva feeling chorus. But it's completely unoriginal, so I guess I could live without it. Black Sheep rips off U2's guitar sounds and riffs and completely disappears with everything else on this disc.

Then there's the countless love ballads that are scattered all through Blood Stained Love Story like Broken Sunday which is a bit louder than the rest, but ridiculously elementary instrumentally; and sounds like every other song Saliva has released. Then there's Never Gonna Change which features some boring verses and choruses; and you feel like the lead singer is just going to bust out and cry at any time. Going Under never really picks up and just seems to wind on forever when it's not even 4 minutes long; Twister may be the worst infusion of rock techniques ever that form one of the worst songs ever. Starting Over is another overly-depressing whiny nu-metal ballad that sounds like every single other nu-metal ballad on the radio. Finally the song ends with Here With You (that's right; another ballad!) which tries to be a heartfelt epic but seems as if it's a regurgiated summary of everything our ears have suffered.

Saliva's Blood Stained Love Story has officially put Saliva among the lists of the worst bands ever. Completely dropping anything that made them unique, they put out an album that manages to be bland, unbearably boring, and unnecessarily filled with slow, nu-metal love ballads. Not to mention it sounds like anything that was on the radio 3 years ago. Saliva; your genre is dead. This album was the most drawn-out, pointless waste of time I have ever set my ears upon.



Recent reviews by this author
Radiohead In RainbowsMetallica St. Anger
Blur BlurPorcupine Tree Nil Recurring
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GracePink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason
user ratings (110)
Chart.
2.4
average
other reviews of this album
Davey Boy STAFF (2)
Decent vocals and 3-4 good tracks mean this is better than its predecessor, but a dated style and ot...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Aficionado
June 19th 2007


1027 Comments


Thats harsh. Good review though.

tribestros
June 19th 2007


918 Comments


I can't stand people who neg and then don't comment why.

Aficionado
June 19th 2007


1027 Comments


Evened it out for ya...I guess they thought the review was too harsh.

metalhead17
June 19th 2007


234 Comments


Good review, it was a bit to harsh, but you probably just turned a bunch of people away from a horrible album.

Otisbum
June 19th 2007


1912 Comments


Nice review.

I got a copy of this from a friend, I'll listen to it while re-reading your review. Just to see how bad it really is.

metalhead17
June 19th 2007


234 Comments


I can't believe somebody negged this!

Aficionado
June 19th 2007


1027 Comments


Probably some Saliva fanboy

Ire
June 19th 2007


41764 Comments


hahaha I bought this and Still Life by Opeth this week, weird combo...

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2007


17920 Comments


haha wow how could somebody neg this?!

tribestros
June 19th 2007


918 Comments


Oh well.

AmericnZero02
June 19th 2007


3340 Comments


Pretty rough rating. Although all I've heard was the single, which sucked.

jason_f90
June 19th 2007


203 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yeah this album is horrible. I've liked some previous Saliva songs like "Weight of the World" however this has totally put me off from listening to them again.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2007


2675 Comments


I thought 'Ladies and Gentlemen' was good
Great review, though.

CushMG15
June 19th 2007


1802 Comments


Sweet Christ did I hate Ladies and Gentlemen. I used to have a passing interest in these guys, but even when I was really into Nu-Metal I wasn't terribly intrigued by them.This Message Edited On 06.19.07

RandyfromPennywise
June 20th 2007


752 Comments


I hate people who neg and don't say why
Yeah it sucks. But - without pointing fingers - if you look at the ratings and see who vastly disagreed with your rating, you've a fair chance of seeing who it was, to be honest. That's what I did with the one neg vote I received. I reviewed an album and gave it 1.5, and one user gave it 4.5 or 5, and of course it was them who gave me the neg. (They then went and rated some of my other reviews as 1s.) All very mature aren't we.

tribestros
June 20th 2007


918 Comments


The neg was like the second I posted it, so I think I know who it is now.This Message Edited On 06.20.07

TwistandShout
June 20th 2007


22 Comments


Nice review, Saliva sucks. I kind of like Ladies and gentlemen though.

project86fan
September 16th 2007


26 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I thought this cd was alright...not great but fine. "Broken Sunday" is one damn good song.

CreamCrazy
February 23rd 2008


724 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I loved this album... it's not as bad as everyone says it is.

Musically I love it, don't think it's bad just because a genre is ded

Burnyourface
October 10th 2008


223 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

everytime ladies and gentleman came on the radio it made me want to stick the barrel of a loaded shotgun in my mouth



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy