Review Summary: BOTDF attempt to change people's perspective of them with a strong metalcore EP
Most people hate Blood On The Dance Floor for a combination of reasons. Either the fact that they use simplistic electronic beats and combine it with autotuned singing and toneless screaming or the overly sexual lyrics that they use. Either way; many people love to hate them. I was one of these people but I had never heard a song by them aside from Candyland and I thought that one song would be enough to put me off the band forever. Turns out I was wrong as I heard their latest EP, Anthem Of The Outcast, and was pleasently surprised. This is not an electronic album with spoken rapped vocals and pointless screaming over the top of it but is actually a pure metalcore EP flooded with good songs and interesting musicianship. The lyrics are a complete change from what people who have heard the band before will be used to, as they ditch the sexual lyrics in favor of songs encouraging people to be who they are and not allow themselves to be judged by anyone. The Blood On The Dance Floor you thought you knew is long since gone on Anthem Of The Outcast, which shows off a completely different breed of animal.
The strongest side of this EP is the clean singing; best shown on the acoustic ballad Don't Want To Be Like You. This song is entirely clean sung and is stating that the band do not want to be judgmental about people after a life of being judged themselves. It had a video produced for it and shows off a side of the band nobody would ever have predicted. This song actually has a lot of emotion poured into it and Dahvie Vanity's clean singing is a lot stronger than before. They have completely ditched any of the autotune they had on their releases before in favor of Dahvie's natural voice and it really is quite nice to hear. His screaming is also very well done throughout this; including on the first proper song The Comeback where he screams his lungs out. The title track follows this song with some surprisingly good lead guitar work including a little fill and a cool sounding solo near the end of the song. The solo on here is not a shred-fest as would be expected from a metal band but is really slow and melodic until the latter half of it when the band take it into overkill. This is another thing you really would not expect to hear on a BOTDF release-guitar soloing, and good soloing at that.
The best thing about this album aside from the vocal performance would be the message it sends out. The band's primary audience is teenagers; and it sends out a very strong message to us to stay strong, be ourselves and not let anyone get to us. This is an EP that hits its target audience very well with some beautiful lyrics that are not exactly the cleverest but certainly get their point across very well. For those who thought BOTDF could only do sex-related lyrics then you are wrong. They do cover relationships very well in a different manner on Hell On Heels which feels like something the Motley Crue or Black Veil Brides would do and is a nice song; with a cool chorus that has some more strong singing during it. This has no references to oral sex as has become the custom with BOTDF which is nice to hear from this band when singing about love.
Anthem Of The Outcast is a surprisingly good EP from a band that has so far acquired nothing but negative press and will hopefully change many people's opinions. Recommended songs off of here would be The Comeback, which kicks the EP off very strongly, and Dont Want To Be Like You.