Bloodsimple
A Cruel World


3.0
good

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
November 24th, 2005 | 36 replies | 6,559 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Bloodsimple, fronted by Visions Of Disorder vocalist Tim Williams, is a new band that jumped into the Metalcore scene with the release of their first album, A Cruel World in early 2005. Creating their own unique style of Metalcore mixed with Hard Rock and Nu-Metal, and with extremely political lyrics, Bloodsimple creates their very own Apocalypse America atmosphere. Pounding riffs mixed with harmonic melodies, politics and religion mixed with mental psychosis and self-sacrifice, Bloodsimple is the definition of originality amongst the usual not-so-original Metalcore scene. From start to finish, from the blistering intro of Straight Hate to the acoustic ending of Plunder, Bloodsimple’s A Cruel World has left it’s mark on your typical Metalcore.

Tim Williams, the vocalist, uses a very unique mix of Metalcore screams with Death Metal growls with a very raspy clean voice that he uses frequently in most of the songs on this album. Tim Williams is a good vocalist, but his clean voice can get understandably annoying on some songs, such as Flatlined. Mike Kennedy and Nick Rowe, the guitarists, are fairly talented, however, what the album as a whole lacks is guitar solos, which would of made the album flow a bit better then the standard Metalcore riffs the guitarists deliver. Kyle Sanders, the bassist, is extremely hard to hear on this album due to the distortion in the guitars. He does however, prevail on the three acoustics, The Leaving Song, Flatlined and Plunder. Chris Hamilton, the drummer, is by far the most talented member in the band. His drums are probably the only thing that holds the music together from track to track on this album (aside from some good guitar work in songs like Sell Me Out). Overall, Bloodsimple’s music is typical Metalcore with a lot of Hard Rock influences, original, but nothing incredibly special.

A Cruel World starts off with Straight Hate, a fast, powerful, and the heaviest song on the album, with strong language and upfront straight hate to the Anti-American people of the world. Path To Prevail is next, featured on the House Of Wax soundtrack, Path To Prevail is one of the weakest heavy tracks on the album. Much slower then Straight Hate, it also lacks the intensity that other songs on this album has. The rest of the heavy tracks, What If I Lost It?, Running From Nothing, Cruel World, and Falling Backwards all follow similar patterns to that of Straight Hate and Path To Prevail. What If I Lost It? and Running From Nothing are probably the best of the heavy tracks (aside from Straight Hate), in which Tim Williams starts to use his clean voice more often then not. Cruel World is also a good track, and the most political. With lyrics like “Enslaved in the name of democracy, the age of distrust and hypocrisy; Unemployed living in poverty, it makes me sick to witness; It’s kill or be killed on the street", you know that Tim Williams is trying to open the minds of the people who could care less about the society in today’s world.

Blood In Blood Out is probably the most obscure, fast, hard, and hateful song on the album that pretty much says “F**k you" to all who fit it’s upper-class ridden society description. Sell Me Out, by far the best song on the album, is the most Hard Rock influential song compelled in this aura of fury. The song also deals with more personal issues of the common man, and doesn’t seep into the politics and religion that much. None of the three acoustics, The Leaving Song, Flatlined and Plunder, are very impressing. All are only moderately catchy and for the most part, boring. The tracks are also too slow for the album, unlike Sell Me Out, which could be considered an acoustic, in which keeps up the pace of the album very well. Falling Backwards, the last heavy track featuring Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, is a moderately well made track that tends to lose it’s flow through out the song. Falling Backwards is also another “F**k you" tracks to the corruption in government and poor society in general. Plunder, which ends the album, is by far the best of the three acoustics, and unless you can’t stand Tim Williams raspy clean voice, it is the most catchiest song on the album and overall a good closer.

Pros
-- Tim Williams’ has an excellent Death/ Metalcore vocal style
-- The music and lyrics together create a very interesting and unique atmosphere that fist the message Tim Williams is trying to deliver.
-- Straight Hate, Sell Me Out, and Cruel World
Cons
-- Tim Williams’ clean voice can get understandably annoying.
-- A lot of the songs tend to fall apart near the end.
-- Overall the album doesn’t flow very well at all.
-- If you prefer to stay out of political and religious topics, you’d prefer to stay away from this album.
-- The album loses heaviness as the CD progresses.
-- Path To Prevail, The Leaving Song, and Flatlined

Track Listing
1. Straight Hate (5/5)
2. Path To Prevail (1.5/5)
3. What If I Lost It? (3/5)
4. Blood In Blood Out (1.5/5)
5. Sell Me Out (5/5)
6. The Leaving Song (1/5)
7. Running From Nothing (3/5)
8. Cruel World (5/5)
9. Flatlined (1/5)
10. Falling Backwards (2.5/5)
11. Plunder (2.5/5)

Overall Rating: (3/5) *The good tracks make up for the bad ones



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Storm In A Teacup
November 24th 2005



12687 Comments


You shouldn't hand out ratings of 6 out of 5.

Cravinov13
November 24th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wait, I did that!???? Oh crap....

EDIT: FixedThis Message Edited On 11.24.05

Arrakakaka
November 24th 2005



685 Comments


Good review. I hate the newer wave of metalcore, as it has no diversity.

Cravinov13
November 24th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree... There are a few that tend to break the mold though.

Arrakakaka
November 24th 2005



685 Comments


Real metalcore is awesome. This is.. Bah. NWOAHM.

Storm In A Teacup
November 24th 2005



12687 Comments


I really like the two singles I've heard, but apparently there are some songs that kill the album.

ocelot-05
November 24th 2005



807 Comments


Really..I keep hearing the word "metalcore." What does it mean? What defines metalcore?

Cravinov13
November 24th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Heavy metal with melodic breakdowns. Screaming vocals.... some can have emo lyrics... That's what I know.

ocelot-05
November 24th 2005



807 Comments


Umm...by those criteria, Opeth could almost be metalcore, which they are most certainly not. I'm not saying you're wrong, Cravinov, I'm just quite perplexed. :confused:

Cravinov13
November 24th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Opeth growls are more Death then a Metalcore scream. Also... aside from the daring attempt by God Forbid, Metalcore do not do concept albums.

Storm In A Teacup
November 24th 2005



12687 Comments


I like what I've heard from God Forbid, just four songs though. :-/

I want to hear more.

Neoteric
November 24th 2005



3243 Comments


This sounds... interesting.

Arrakakaka
November 24th 2005



685 Comments


God Forbid is not what I would consider pure metalcore. Try Botch, Converge, All Else Failed, etc.

Emo is not My Chemical Romance or their lyrics. Try Saetia, Rites Of Spring, Circle Takes The Sqaure, etc.This Message Edited On 11.24.05

Cravinov13
November 24th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't like Metalcore enough to try pure Metalcore. ALl the Metalcore bands I do like are far down the list as it is.

Jawaharal
November 24th 2005



1832 Comments


God Forbid is not what I would consider pure metalcore. Try Botch, Converge, All Else Failed, etc.

Emo is not My Chemical Romance or their lyrics. Try Saetia, Rites Of Spring, Circle Takes The Sqaure, etc.

the man speaks the truth.


Arrakakaka
November 24th 2005



685 Comments


Botch or Converge don't sound a tad like this. The only similarity is the breakdowns.

Jawaharal
November 24th 2005



1832 Comments


Converge is on the side of grind on Jane Doe and Botch is spastic and wild. Thats why they pwn this band.This Message Edited On 11.24.05

Cravinov13
November 24th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah... you guys are not helping.

g3tt1ns3r10us
January 24th 2006



3 Comments


Metalcore pretty much takes hardcore base and infuses elements of metal into it. This infusion pretty much explains the large amounts of breakdowns in the music without that many of what some people would call "metal" riffs. That does not necessarily mean that there have to be clean vocal breaks all of the time (As I lay Dying) and although Atreyu has given the genre the emo reputation, the lyrics do not have to be associated with anything emo.
And another thing - I've heard this pop up quite a few times - but hating metalcore because its not metal is kind of misguided. Because it takes its basis in hardcore music, fans of Slayer who would prefer the heavier metal riffs are not going to enojoy the more hardcore-punkish riffs that are plentiful in metalcore.
I hope that helpd Cravinov

Cravinov13
January 25th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^^ I love you



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