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With Passion In The Midst Of Bloodied Soil

1. The Scorpion’s Dance 2. Darkness Doth Bring Mortality 3. Forlorn Hope 4. The Last Scripture 5. Train Wreck Orchestra 6. The Prophecies of Hellfire
2004 Reflections of Ruin Records
Our score 7


It’s good to know that there are metal bands with wide ranges of influences. Sacramento’s With Passion is a band that is rough around the edges, but shows a great deal of potential. Since they have a wider range of influences, which all come together nicely, they have a good starting point to begin battling their way through the American metal scene. I really dig bands that bring many different elements to the table, and are able to smoothly mesh them together. For the most part, With Passion plays speedy, melodic metal, with great dynamics. There is a ton of fretwork going on throughout the entire record, and some of the slower, more melodic riffing is extremely catchy. Quite a few times With Passion will slow down to play clean, melodic interludes, which are very well written. The keyboards are used very tastefully, and seem to be there mostly for layering and atmosphere. The drumming is quite fast, with lots of blasting and, every now and then, some heavy slower parts. The first song is an instrumental introduction piece, but is quite good, and haunting. The faster parts of this record seem to fall somewhere between Darkest Hour and Undying, and I really like that these guys can inject some great melody into their fastest riffs. Some moshy breakdowns are thrown in, but are used sparingly, and in places where the song really calls for a good slow part. Many bands seem to just want to throw in a breakdown for the hell of it, and it sounds forced, but With Passion seems to have a real knack for song writing and arranging, and pull it off. However, there are a very few parts that do seem forced, and it sounds really awkward. This happens with some of the faster parts (namely the end of “The Last Scripture”), when the guitars seem to be out of rhythm with the drums. It is hard to explain, and listen to, but, thankfully, this is a rare occurrence. I enjoy the vocal delivery throughout the record. The majority of the vocals are on the higher end, similar to a band like Darkest Hour or Caliban. There are also some great death metal roars, and midrange yelling to provide dynamics. The overall production could use a good bit of tightening up, but it is good enough to get the job done. I would really love to hear what these guys could do with loads of time in the studio. I’m sure the end result would be crushing, because, even with this barely adequate recording, you can hear the true ferocity of these songs. Bottom Line: With Passion is definitely not going to win any originality awards, but they are making decent metal songs, with an overabundance of energy. “In the Midst of Bloodied Soil” is a quick, brutal glimpse of what this band is capable of. I enjoy the fact that With Passion isn’t trying to overdo the metal/mosh game, and that they are trying to push the envelope (at least a tad) with their speed and catchy riffs. This is a decent effort, and I can’t wait to hear future releases.


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best album score ever_ 8/11/2004 8:12:31 PM

a 70 out of 10? Wow!

noshit_ 8/11/2004 8:29:58 PM

no shit

ben_ 8/11/2004 9:17:33 PM

this band rules. period.

Rawnie_ 8/12/2004 1:58:06 AM

I f*cking love this band, everyone and their mother should buy this cd or they are living life unfullfilled.

ryan_ 8/12/2004 5:27:31 PM

this shit is f*ckin sweet beans

exit29_ 8/24/2004 5:20:48 PM

Go see them live. Amazing.

7bso_ 11/1/2004 6:57:23 PM

who the f*ck is this guy? this album is amazing

a_ 11/1/2004 10:38:28 PM

their live performances are amazing

brad_ 11/2/2004 5:02:46 PM

this cd is 10/10 hands down. easily in my top 3 bands of all time. and the live show...ooooohhhhhh mmmmyyyyy gooooddddd...

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electrodrop_ 10/11/2006 10:02:23 PM

Awesome CD

RyanATF_ 1/22/2007 12:13:56 PM

Amazing band. Can't wait for their next record... I agree w/ the review, only because the production could've been better. Go see them live...