Review Summary: Greg84 would 4.5 this
I have no frame of reference when it comes to Head Like a Hole and their newest album Blood Will Out.
I don't claim to know anything about their history (although I hear it's strange) and all I know is that they formed the year I was born, are from New Zealand, they had a member named Mark Hamill (lol) they're named after that one Nine Inch Nails song, Omnipanzer gave it a 2, the singer sometimes sounds like Devin Townsend, and they were broken up for a while and this album is sort of a comeback album. Now comeback albums are almost always judged by the albums that precede it (duh) but because of my lack of frame of reference, I'm left to critique this album based solely on its stand alone merits.
Blood Will Out
is a typical Black Sabbath worshipping hard rock album with drone and doom undertones. It's got blues scale riffs, it's got wah pedal solos, it's got semi-harsh vocals, and none of it is all too inspiring or groundbreaking. But with all that being said, it's a passable album, and I'd even go as far as to say it's good (very daring statement I know). Within the eleven tracks of Blood Will Out,
I found nothing mildly offensive or aggravating, and it's catchy enough and interesting enough to keep my attention, but it never does anything to take it over the top and into greatness. I often found myself tapping my toe and nodding my head, but I never was taken aback by anything, I was never stricken with a "wow" moment, and I usually completely forgot it all once my listening experience was over. Head Like a Hole are kind of like stoner rock era Boris, but without the character or musicianship, and that's fine. Ultimately Blood Will Out
is like a drunken night out, you completely forget it the next day, but you're pretty sure it was a good time, and that's all that truly matters.