The Blood Brothers
This Adultery Is Ripe


4.5
superb

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
March 18th, 2009 | 40 replies | 12,528 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You don't need a doctor honey, you need a mortician baby.

Back in the day, before every kid on the street had listened to Japanese noise artists and before everyone had ripped them off, The Blood Brothers used to be a ***ing scary band. This Adultery is Ripe, their first release is the epitome of that. It’s a heavily gritty experience, with vocalists Jordan Blilie and Johnny Whitney at their most vicious and un-tuneful and the band playing their most focused yet aggressive material they ever wrote. It is consistently urgent, constantly evolving, and continually unrelenting. If you’re looking for 20 minutes of macabre hardcore, there is really no reason to look any other place.

Immediately you are hit with shrieks of “They’re ***ing after us” and followed by disturbing lyrical imagery such as “they’re stalking me, hiding in mirrors like flesh jack-o-lanterns” and “like a choir of boiling lobsters”. At this point, the Blood Brothers hadn’t learned the finer points of subtlety. What they lack in tact, they made up for with raw energy, as “Doctor, Doctor” features some incredibly intriguing vocal interplay. While the lyrics are equally off putting and disturbing (“I wanna cut the corners off your lips, I wanna shave the angles off your cheeks, I wanna wash the geometry off your face”), there is a certain charm to the way it is all delivered throughout the album, and even when they are discussing matters that would have had them killed in previous centuries, you can’t help but dig it just a little more than you should.

The music is generally just as angular as the subject matter would make it seem. While the bass on the album isn’t quite comparable to future Blood Brothers projects (admittedly though, the bassline in “Jordan Blilie Pets The Wild Horses Mane” is pretty sick), the guitar riffs are just as oddly paced and constructed as ever. They generally lead the songs along in their loosely structured punk rhythms, with the occasional outburst of heavily distorted leads. The music is way more groove oriented than what most people are used to from the band, and the songs generally evolve at a more natural pace. Not to say it is normal in the least; with sudden growls or guitar feedback being commonplace. If Fugazi had been a horror punk band, they probably would have toured with The Blood Brothers in these days.

Most people aren’t going to like This Adultery is Ripe, for good reason. It’s an abrasive, uninviting look into what The Blood Brothers see as flaws in society, and whether it’s the graphic lyrics or unapologetically harsh production and guitar riffs, there is plenty here to hate. However, if you are a fan of their later work or into more straightforward hardcore punk (hey there, old AFI fans), This Adultery is Ripe is an incredibly precise intense 20 minutes of CATHARTIC noise. For what it is, Adultery is nearly flawless.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

useless review from iluvatar number 1

natey
March 18th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lots of hate itr

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2009



17920 Comments


angular!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i tried to use a lot of sputnik key words

i was going to capitalize them all but only did cathartic

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2009



17920 Comments


please change your status to something descriptive

whoops i meant summary This Message Edited On 03.18.09

plane
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2009



6085 Comments


useless review from iluvatar number 143

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey mister, 142.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=7211

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2009



17920 Comments


the best part about that review is "my C.D. wallet"

taylormemer
March 19th 2009



4913 Comments


Interplay gets an honarable mention. Why no faux?

cbmartinez
March 19th 2009



2525 Comments


awesome album, still their best imo, nice review, man mine is really dated

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2009



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah I only wrote this because i saw how old yours was

gaslightanthem
March 19th 2009



5209 Comments


gayest review ever ever ever

Zippermouth
March 19th 2009



1305 Comments


Are you guys speaking in code or something?
Angular?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2009



17920 Comments


contrapuntal exchanges

Zippermouth
March 19th 2009



1305 Comments


...um...

Avirov
March 20th 2009



1206 Comments


I've never liked this album, but I think I have to give it another listen after this great review.

natey
March 20th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ABRASIVE

scyther
March 21st 2009



1606 Comments


Good review Jane.

PatchworkNeurology
March 21st 2009



352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're fucking after us!!!!

Great review for a great bandThis Message Edited On 03.21.09

tarethere
March 23rd 2009



184 Comments


haha



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