Blood on the Dance Floor
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by Snide USER (30 Reviews)
August 17th, 2016 | 146 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cutting through their last shreds of potential

Blood on the Dance Floor was once a relatively household name in the alternative scene, albeit for negative reasons; regardless, people wouldn’t stop talking about the Electro-Pop duo for over half a decade. Now that their place in the scene is slowly whittling away, they’ve switched styles in an attempt to reclaim lost attention. As a result, Blood on the Dance Floor’s eight effort is a complete regression, throwing away the remainder of their enjoyable qualities in favor of poor production values, laughable vocal performances, and underwhelming, bare bones electronics that jump on just about every modern trend in each of the respective genres.

Before all else, the abhorrent decline in production quality needs to be mentioned here. Anything that could have been remotely enjoyable to listen to or even slightly interesting sounds utterly out of place or badly mixed; in particular, the vocals sound so far back in the mix that their melodies consistently sound flat. Even Jayy Von Monroe’s proven vocal abilities are rendered useless here due to him being overly centered in the mix of every song he sings in; due to the mixing, he sounds removed from the rest of the song, as if he’s singing behind a pillowcase. The only tolerable performance mix-wise is in “Sorry Not Sorry”, arguably the only semi-listenable track on the album due to its very minimalistic approach that allows most of the production woes to be overlooked. Dahvie Vanity’s vocal performance as usual is layered halfway to hell, and his attempts at going into a higher range is about as aurally pleasing as two cats humping on a badly tuned clarinet. The lyricism has taken a surprising downgrade as well; even with their more sexually charged tracks such as “Safe Word” there’s nothing outlandish, it takes a subject that should be more intimate and just churns it down to almost an “explanation” level. It breaks any sort of immersion present in the album.

The electronic styles on this record range from attempts at slow Synthwave influenced numbers like “The Age of the Young and the Hopeless”, vocal “hook” driven Dub tracks like “Ringleader”, and a few other styles segmented awkwardly within the album. The problem is that there’s nothing catchy here to justify any of these style changes. While previous album had colorful electronics (their sixth album Bad Blood), or infectious vocal hooks (their seventh album Bitchcraft) to fall back on, this album has none of those qualities. The actual tones used in the bass lines and melodies sound almost amateurish, which is even more surprising given the higher quality samples of previous efforts. It doesn’t help that the songwriting has little to no variation, and that the beat structures are rather identical to each other more often than they should be.

This album represents a monumental fall for a band that, while they were rabidly hated by a lot of people, had beforehand started to make actual strides in quality. Whether this downturn is just due to a lack of funds, or whether it was simply a production style and misshapen ideas that don't jive well remains to be seen. However, at this point, Blood on the Dance Floor have released arguably one of the worst releases in their entire discography.



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Snide
August 17th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"Ringleader" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS9leiWLIeE

For comparison, their last two albums "Bad Blood" and "Bitchcraft" are both 3/5's for me.

Album is fucking terrible. Review critique always welcome.

FullOfSounds
August 17th 2016


15764 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I'm listening to this right now out of impulse

Sinternet
August 17th 2016


16821 Comments


Album cover reminds me of scissor sisters

FullOfSounds
August 17th 2016


15764 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Holy fuck I can't even stand 15 seconds

Futures
August 17th 2016


9983 Comments


listen to bad music on purpose funny XD

Snide
August 17th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

@Sinternet: I don't think I've ever listened to Scissor Sisters

@FullOfSounds: The entire album is terrible, and probably the second worst in their discography bar their debut.

Asdfp277
August 17th 2016


18337 Comments


boosting that approval rating huh

wwf
August 17th 2016


6019 Comments


that album cover is the worst travesty of 2016

DatsNotDaMetulz
August 17th 2016


3602 Comments


The review is well written but doesn't need to exist. The less exposure this band gets, the better.

Snide
August 17th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I actually enjoyed their last two albums Bad Blood and Bitchcraft.

This is a major step down.

PostMesmeric
August 17th 2016


724 Comments


Sometimes, you just need to vent and review a terrible album that no one expected would be anything else.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2016


2699 Comments


God damn it Snide why do you do this to yourself?

KILL
August 17th 2016


81175 Comments


attention seeking prob just a guess

Futures
August 17th 2016


9983 Comments


snide doesn't get attention in real life so he resorts to seeking it on a music website

Snide
August 17th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

@Jacq: I was legit hoping this album would be good.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2016


11491 Comments


Yeah no doubt this is awful, I'll check the single out of morbid curiosty. Nicely written review Snide, and props to you for listening to so much shitty music I guess, I could never do it. Can't help but read track titles such as "The Age of the Young and the Hopeless" and "Safe Word" without getting a rapey/pedo vibe based on Dahvie's previous and current activities. Fuck this band tbh.

Digging: Alghazanth - Eight Coffin Nails

Snide
August 17th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Scuro. Hopefully future efforts by this band will go back to the styles they utilized on Bad Blood / Bitchcraft.

betray
August 17th 2016


9358 Comments


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Futures
August 17th 2016


9983 Comments


meme music XD

Snake.
August 17th 2016


20751 Comments


my news, your memes



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