Blood on the Dance Floor
Bad Blood


2.0
poor

Review

by Brendan Schroer STAFF
November 5th, 2013 | 46 replies | 4,412 views


Release Date: 09/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better, but not quite there.

"Investment," to me, is one of the most important words in any type of music (or any form of art, for that matter). If a musician doesn't care about the work he or she is creating, why should the audience? That's why commercial music is a path that one should tread lightly, seeing as a piece of work could just be a soulless cash grab and be rendered meaningless artistically. Perhaps one of the best examples of soullessness, arrogance, and boredom in recent years is the electronic duo Blood on the Dance Floor, who have put out atrocity after atrocity. It's truly remarkable how large their audience is (mainly consisting of scene kids who seem to enjoy the members' image and personalities), considering their dumbed-down brand of electropop. With any album of your choosing, you'd hear weak attempts at both rapping and singing, cheap beats that sound like they could have come from Chuck E. Cheese animatronics, and crass lyrics that make the rape scene in A Clockwork Orange seem subtle. So with all of this in mind, how does their 6th album (in just 5 or so years, I might add) Bad Blood stack up against these disasterpieces? Well, it could definitely have been worse...

Bad Blood, believe it or not, does manage to improve the duo's sound a bit. It's by no means a good album, but the beats are more solid and the compositions are more tolerable. There's even - dare I say it? - some much-needed maturity found within the familiar electropop sound heard on the surface. That isn't to say their original attitude has left them, though; just listen to that ridiculous profane rapping in the first track "Unchained." Luckily, that song remains a highlight due to occasional dynamic variety and a wildly bombastic chorus that is undeniably fun to listen to. It does, however, display the band's overall arrogance and unwillingness to listen to their many "haters." Either way, one thing that's refreshing about this record in contrast to their previous works is the abundance of moments when the duo slow down for some atmosphere. "Damaged" follows typical pop note progressions, but ends up redeemed by its melodic chorus and the different ways the group play with the beat tempos. The melancholic atmosphere is surprisingly effective, and it'd be nice to hear more of this sound from the band in the future. "Crucified by Your Lies" has a pretty self-explanatory title and the rapping is pretty bland, but the high-pitched keyboard melodies offer some variety to the synthesizers and the group at least sound like they're trying to create something more emotional than usual. Unfortunately, a lot of dreck still ends up pulling this album way down. As with previous BOTDF records, the album suffers from being overly generic and boring, particularly with its mid-tempo songs. A good number of them, such as "Morning Star" and "Revenge Will Have Its Day," appear late in the record and kill whatever quality or proverbial momentum the duo had. Even many of the other ballads get overbearing after a while; it's fine to draw the listener in with atmosphere, but not when there are too many of those tracks to draw from. The album ends up drowning in its own cheesy balladry and the faster tunes only serve to kill the pacing. In other words: the album is too long and drawn out, and also too inconsistent. Despite the positives mentioned earlier, Bad Blood is only a slight step toward the boys actually making a genuinely good record. If they focus more on compositional variety and displaying more atmosphere instead of lyrical immaturity and half-baked mid-tempo numbers, we could have a good record on our hands. But at least this is a slight step in the right direction.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2013



7858 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

dood this review's too short blah blah blah

hellnook
November 5th 2013



11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This material is just horrible to begin with.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2013



7858 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

There are occasionally good moments, but they get lost in a sea of mediocrity

30secondstocydonia
November 5th 2013



417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listened to this once and Redeemer was stuck in my head for days. Too bad its the only good song on here.

trainofconsequence
November 5th 2013



1420 Comments


great review man

Gwyn.
November 5th 2013



14017 Comments


4got this band existed

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2013



3160 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

God, these guys are constantly releasing stuff. They're terrible. Great review, man!

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StallionMang
November 5th 2013



4300 Comments


Great review, as much as I love to see these kinds of bands get torn to shreds, you kept it very objective and open-minded.

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Green Baron
November 5th 2013



11152 Comments


surprised it's not a 1

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Progger6009
November 5th 2013



1054 Comments


Yeah these guys are not worth the "investment" of my time.

Good review btw

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013



18622 Comments


Why man? Lol

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Azn.
November 5th 2013



5325 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

surprised a contrib bothered

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FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2013



7858 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I wasn't initially going to bother until I ended up liking a few tracks. If it was another 1 or 1.5, I wouldn't have given this a review at all

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013



18622 Comments


so this is the same rating as holy diver eh? :P

i can't get past their horrible album art

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2013



7858 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^ haha, I knew someone was going to bring up the Holy Diver thing eventually... it'll haunt me 'til the day I die :P

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013



18622 Comments


lol yeah just giving you a hard time

Tyrael
November 5th 2013



20415 Comments


Is this worse than master's apprentices

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FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2013



7858 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^ It's possible

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013



48561 Comments


The two ugliest people on the planet

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LilLioness
November 5th 2013



2428 Comments


FiveLeavesLeft is right. These guys have some moments were they are pretty decent. You just have to wade through an hour of shit to get at them.



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