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A Perfect Murder Strength Through Vengeance

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01. Strength Through Vengeance 02. Black Hate Machine 03. Wake Up and Die 04. Snake Eyes 05. Path of Resistance 06. Deceit of Man 07. Body and Blood 08. Rotten I 09. Suffocation of Thought 10. Time Changes Nothing 11. Slay the Masses
2005 Victory Records
Our score 6

by Ash Levitt
10/11/2005

Some bands take an amalgam of influences and blend it into a unique sound such that the output is never strictly original, yet still a fresh take on its combined influences. Other bands simply wear their influences on their sleeves. The result is a collection of songs that hardly stands apart from said influences. A Perfect Murder is definitely falling into the latter category with their newest release, Strength Through Vengeance. If Strength Through Vengeance isn't one part Pantera and one part The Haunted, I don't know what is. I feel like I'm not even reviewing a new album by a current band; it's like I accidentally put in an older record off my shelf instead. This newest album is unmistakably Pantera-like at times; the vocalist's stylings are even reminiscent of Anselmo's screamier stuff at one moment, while taking his more laid back Down approach at another. When not exhibiting this tendancy, the band is straight up thrash a la The Haunted, that is balanced out by Crowbar styled breakdowns. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, and I'm sure many listeners out there, myself included, like and respect the aforementioned bands. The problem is this: where is the A Perfect Murder sound in all of this With releases like this, no one is ever going to hear a band and say, "Yeah, that band sounds like A Perfect Murder," because it's just not possible unless that person has never heard of Pantera, which is highly unlikely. What's left to say Do you still want a description of the album, in case you haven't heard albums by all the bands mentioned above It's tight. It's solid. It's well produced. It's very well played and executed. It is a very good demonstration of metal. It's heavy. It's just a copy of a copy. Bottom Line: I like conspiracy theories; they're fun. Elvis isn't dead. Cobain isn't dead. Morrison isn't dead. Hendrix isn't dead. And now, Dimebag Darrell isn't dead. He's alive and well in A Perfect Murder; he just got tired of that Damageplan stuff.

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cory_ 10/11/2005 8:06:35 PM

first post? prolly not.


cory_ 10/11/2005 8:06:59 PM

damn! it was!


sailor_ 10/11/2005 8:07:03 PM

first post


seasnake_ 10/11/2005 8:07:59 PM

LOL at bottom line


anonymous 10/11/2005 8:39:50 PM

ouch!


Konstrix_ 10/11/2005 8:48:51 PM

a nice influx of reviews lately. ive always ignored this group and seeing as how there's no mp3 provided, looks like that trend's going to continue.


TheWood_ 10/11/2005 9:15:47 PM

This stuff I heard off this album was horrendous.


TheWood_ 10/11/2005 9:17:03 PM

Excuse me...THE stuff I heard of THIS album was horrendous.


TheWood_ 10/11/2005 9:18:22 PM

f*ck, I still can't get it right. I guess that's what I get for talking shit about bands via the internet.


anonymous 10/11/2005 9:33:18 PM

don't disgrace dimebag this way. thanks.


Strongarm_ 10/11/2005 10:02:26 PM

Gosh it sucks they have like one original band member from their last album, which by the way quite amazing. I heard one song off this album and it sounds like totally rehashed Lamb of God or something. What a f*cking shame, they could have gone out as legends...


rainbowsatan_ 10/11/2005 10:17:02 PM

Unbroken- one of my favorite records of 04. This record, a SHAMELESS pantera ripoff. I mean bad. 0% originality. Their vocalist even puts a southern draw on his voice when he talks on the record ala Phil Anselmo. Aren't these guys canadian? Gimme a f*ck'n break. If your a Pantera fan you'll get pissed when you hear this record.


sydbarret_ 10/11/2005 10:37:28 PM

this record is horrible


Linus_ 10/12/2005 12:13:08 AM

The video from one of their songs is on this bonus Dvd I got in a cd and Phil Anselmo is in fact the vocalist in it.


pulsar_ 10/12/2005 6:36:06 AM

good CD. very different from what i had expected.


Ricky_ 10/12/2005 8:19:18 AM

you Look Fruity Looty- you Smell Like Doodie Doodie- my Cereal Is Fruity-ooh I Gotta Doodie- i Like Green Apples-and I Drink Snapple- crapple, Papple-snapple Wit Green Apples


thereapersson_ 10/12/2005 9:06:46 AM

STFU with that stupid rhyme... once was enough.


jwcp_ 10/12/2005 7:46:01 PM

4-5 at most


JoFury_ 10/13/2005 1:59:21 AM

I think this record is great compared to Unbroken. Yeah its true they are influenced by Pantera, but its for the better. The best APM record is still Blood Covered Words though.


Hellaween_ 10/13/2005 2:24:48 PM

This Album isnt perfect by any means but it kicks the living shit out of "unbroken"


jay_in_flames_ 10/13/2005 4:24:30 PM

Montreal & Quebec kick your asses... this is at least an 8 if not more... Your all jealous, u just wish you could live in such a great city as ours...


johnson_ 10/13/2005 4:57:13 PM

I heard the new record and its horrible i saw them live on the unbroken tour they were a great live band, saw them on their last tour and it was one of the worst live band ever, please stop NOW.


someguy_ 10/13/2005 11:39:29 PM

their singer sure have a southern accent... He's from Tennessee or something...


dillon giedt_ 10/14/2005 1:44:56 PM

I'm sure every song off this record blows dick.


Kenny Crippen_ 10/15/2005 5:39:45 PM

I met these guys once...they were all c-cky buttholes


zero_x_potential_ 10/16/2005 10:18:10 AM

unbroken is pretty good but sounds totally different, musically and vocally. it's far superior to this rip off.


Matt_ 2/11/2006 10:04:53 PM

i thought this album was horrible....the vocals are shit.


throwbreedengage10_ 12/18/2006 7:47:56 PM

10/10! f*cking amazing cd new lineup worked out and these guys are hands down the next PANTERA!


xBBBx_ 1/12/2007 3:39:48 PM

Band sucks


anonymous 1/30/2007 9:48:27 AM

10 out of 10, dude this band doesnt even diserve 1!