A Perfect Murder: Strength Through Vengeance

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A Perfect Murder: Strength Through Vengeance
Hardcore, Metalcore
Victory Records
July 26th, 2005
Release length: 42:57
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Strength Through Vengeance finds the band really trying to figure out what they want to be. Originally, the band was more of a straight forward hardcore act with some metalcore riffs thrown in once in a while to try to add some differences to the music. A Perfect Murder has now gone the way of metalcore, but at the same time is adding in a sort of southern rock sound reminiscent of Pantera. Sadly, this release doesn’t work out too well for them either.

The music on Strength Through Vengeance is actually really good. There is more complexity in the music instead of simple hardcore based riffs leading into overly used breakdown chords. The hint of southern rock that is added to the music really helps bring in a bit of originallity to the band’s sound, but at the same time, the way the vocals are performed, as the fact that some of the material on this release sounds similar to Pantera, such as “Snake Eyes” having some “Walk” comparisons.

The big drawback about this release, however, would be the vocal production. The vocals on this release just sound muffled, as if someone threw a thin rag over the mic while recording the screams, and took it off during the singing. “Black Hate Machine” would have been a decent track if it weren’t that you couldn’t quite hear the vocals right, and then you suddenly are bombarded with an extremely loud overmodulated cleanly sung line during the chorus that hits you out of nowhere. This, and the fact that some of these songs seem as though they were drawn out, like the ending to “Snake Eyes”. It’s the shorter songs “Path of Resistence”, “Body And Blood”, as well as “Rotten I” that are really the songs on this release that make it worth picking up.

So, with only a few filler tracks, and some rather solid musicianship, a better production quality with exception to the vocals, A Perfect Murder have definitely taken a step in the right direction with their music. Strength Through Vengenace is a pretty solid effort that bring in some original aspects to the band, and some heavy sounding cuts that will make you wanna punch the nearest redneck, such as on “Rotten I”. While this is far from one of the best hardcore/metalcore releases available, it will keep you entertained for a little while, and often some playback value for fans of this style.

01. Strength Through Vengeance – 5:30
02. Black Hate Machine – 4:49
03. Wake Up And Die – 3:01
04. Snake Eyes – 4:15
05. Path Of Resistance – 2:25
06. Deceit Of Man – 4:17
07. Body And Blood – 3:07
08. Rotten I – 2:40
09. Suffocation Of Thought – 3:34
10. Time Changes Nothing – 5:39
11. Slay The Masses – 3:40
Overall Score: 6/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.