The Black Maria
Lead Us To Reason


3.5
great

Review

by labonza01 USER (18 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2005 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


i reviewed this album already, but it was deleted, so i am reviewing it again now in hopes that this one will be kept. Moving on. If i got the genre wrong, im very sorry, but i dont think it really matters. Also, if you want the bio and cover art, go to www.theblackmaria.com the bio is too long and i cant get the cover art to work, it says something about an error.

Overall, this was a quite good album. The instrumental and vocal work isnt too bad, i like it alot. The lyrics arent fantastic, but who cares? Alot of people will instantly give up when i say that there is screaming, but there is barely any at all. on to my track by track

The Memento: This is a very good song. It starts off with this funeral-ish organ intro that i dont like much, and then that drops off and is instantly replaced with the full band. The guitar work is good throughout the song, but its at its best near the end of the song. The vocals sound angry, which suit the lyrics, there is some screaming at the end, which i personally love, i cant really make out the bass and i dont pay attention to the drumming much, so pretty much you can guess that i wont be mentioning bass or drums much in this review, anyway, the song is about hating someone that you love. If it werent for the organ intro, this would be my favorite song, but, because of that, i give it a 9/10

Betrayal: This song starts with an intro that is very close to "Sugar We're Going Down" crap from fall out boy. I chose to forgive the song because i like the drumming . this is a song where i notice the drumming, which i think is very good. The guitar is ok, but not great, i think there is some kind of bell in this song too. The vocals are ok, but i wouldnt say they are great, just average. the name of the song pretty much tells you what its about, betrayal. 6/10

Organs: Good song. It begins with the guitar playing a few notes that sound a little palm muted. the guitar in the verse has a heavy sound that i enjoy. the vocals are some of the best on the album, very emotional sounding. the song is about someone about to jump off of a building or something because nobody loves her, but then the vocalist says he loves her. This song has one of my favorite lyrics ever though "some things can never change, so just get used to it". Good song 8/10

Our Commitment's a Sickness: THis is another one of my favorites. The intro is a slightly heavy sounding guitar, which makes it my favorite intro on the album. The song has a slow verse with ringing guitars and a fast chorus that has the band singing "woahs" in the background while the lead singer is singing pretty fast. I have no clue what this song is about, but i love it. The bridge is where this song goes bad. there are some weird effects on the voice that i hate, so thsi song gets a 9/10

The Distance From The Bottom: My original review said that i didnt like this song, but upon further listening, i decided that i do. Another heavy ish intro, a medium paced verse, a slightly sped up chorus. The vocals are good here, and the guitar in the verse is some of my favorite on this album. Once again, i dont know what this song is about. I dont really like it as much as some other songs either, 5/10

The Lines We Cross: This song is almost all piano and vocals. I dont really like the vocals, but the lyrics are some of the best. The chorus has some creepy sounding vocals and some equally creepy background screaming. I think this is about being dependant on someone. Not a favorite of mine, 4/10

Mirrors And Cameras: I love this song. it starts out with an almost metalish intro and you can actually hear the bass a little. The vocals are very good, as is the instrumental stuff. No idea what this songs about, but its very good, Definantly a favorite and i recommend this song to whoever likes this kind of band. 9.5/10

Sirens: My favorite song on the album. It has an airy guitar in the intro leads into the lead vocals and backing vocals singing together with small screams echoing in the background. The verse is fast and the chorus is strecthed a little bid. Good song, i think this song is about someone drawing you in. Awesome 10/10

To Have Loved: I kind of like this song, but i have mixed feelings about it. On one hand i love the guitar parts, but on the other hand, the vocals are borderline suprano, high pitched in some places but not in others. this song is about heartbreak, i think, not much to say though, 4/10

Ash: I dont know if i like this song or if i dont like this song. I like the verse, but the chorus isnt very good. The guitar part is absolutely one of the best on the cd and the vocals arent bad, sometimes fading in and out of screaming. This song has a horror movie piano part that scares me when i hear it and even think about it. this song is about sinning, i think. hard to rate ?/10

Rats In The Prison: I dont like this song much. It starts with a guitar intro that somehow seems familiar. You then hear "Rats" in a long, drawn out, half scream. The verse is about slavery or escape and the chorus is about a whore. The only swear on the album is in this song "And you, you're the kind of f***ing whore who would sell your heart and soul for a dollar bill" Weird song, 4/10

So, The Black Maria is a good band with good music. Hopefully this review helps influence you to buy the cd because its so good that it desereves your listening. The album overall gets a 9/10.



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Arrakakaka
December 22nd 2005


685 Comments


I bet you they're not emo and you don't know a rat's ass about the genre. If they sound like Fall Out Boy, they're NOT emo.

Ok, I checked 'em out. Pop-punk or pop-rock in my book.This Message Edited On 12.22.05

Fabz
December 22nd 2005


136 Comments


They aren't emo, they are pop-punk

204409
Emeritus
December 22nd 2005


3998 Comments


Third time is a charm.

Not Emo!

And mediocre. Listen to Grade. They're much much better.

cbmartinez
December 22nd 2005


2525 Comments


Ugh, this band is so bland. I've tryed getting into this band but there's just nothing there, they're so boring. No cathcy melodies, the spacey feel is weak. Bad.

Fabz
December 22nd 2005


136 Comments


I saw this band two times without wanting it, one time before Goldfinger and the other time in a crappy town near mine.

labonza01
December 23rd 2005


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

like i said, i dont care if the genre is wrong, their purevolume and myspace called them emo when i looked the first time.

also, unstable mind, i never compared them to fall out boy, i said one intro of one song reminded me of them

Fabz
December 23rd 2005


136 Comments


By the way, good review

SyphonAss
December 23rd 2005


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good reivew man...better than the last one that got erased

SyphonAss
December 23rd 2005


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and people... don't bring up crap he already said he was sorry forThis Message Edited On 12.23.05

labonza01
December 24th 2005


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanx

labonza01
December 25th 2005


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also, thanx to whoever put cover art in, i was having serious issues with it

sueisidle
December 25th 2005


4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

They are nowhere close to real emo. They are not on my list of considerations



labonza01
December 25th 2005


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why does genre matter so much to you people?

Arrakakaka
December 28th 2005


685 Comments


Because you can't place Blink-182 in black metal.

labonza01
December 28th 2005


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as long as its close to the "right genre" i dont think it should make too much of a difference

SyphonAss
December 28th 2005


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

your right...and why don't some of you people read the damn review insted of just complaining abd the genre

Arrakakaka
December 28th 2005


685 Comments


Well, I did read the review IN THE FIRST PLACE. It was pertay good, just I don't like tbts. But you did a good job.

And I can complain if I want to, I'm just making a correction. I do what I want goddammit.

Props to Eric Cartman.This Message Edited On 12.28.05

labonza01
March 11th 2006


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, ur in luck, i dont do the t-b-t thing anymore, mostly because i got lazy and t-b-t's took too long, so tell me what you think of my other reviews. anyway, i only said emo because their purevolume said that they were, so i wasnt exactly miscategorizing, i was just stating what someone said before.

204409
Emeritus
March 11th 2006


3998 Comments


If I told you the admin of this site, mx, fucks goats and you told that to other people, you're still miscategorizing him. Now a bunch of people would think a lie about him because you were just stating what someone said before.

labonza01
March 11th 2006


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im not talking about spreading rumors, that is completely different, and nobody thought they were emo and its over now, so just leave it alone.



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