"The Eclectic Sounds of a City Painted Black and White" (Crush; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The Poughkeepsie, NY sextet Bless the Fallen unleash a sturdy but standard metalcore assault with the 10-track "The Eclectic Sounds of a Town Painted Black and White." (By the way, according to the their website, the band has changed their name to The Silence and the Serenity).

Tumultuous guitars and bulldozing drums collide head-to-head with your basic modern hardcore scream/ spoken word vocal interplay on cuts like "Stepping Away from Defeat", while "...To Be Evil" showcases this squad's penchant for whipping up a tasty hardcore metallic stew and "Eclectic Sounds" shows that this troupe can strip down and break out the acoustic guitars for a campfire jamboree when needed. 

Leaning heavily on the melo-death sounds of Sweden while implementing a few stock metalcore nuances, there's not remotely anything unique about this disc, but these guys do an ample job of juxtaposing the two styles into something that purists will loathe but the kids will mosh to. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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