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The female fronted hardcore / thrash assault that Hit Parader magazine has called Hard rock's new stars! . Ypsilanti" is their highly anticipated sophomore album and is sure to be among many year-end top 10 lists for heavy records.
"Ally French doesnt just shatter stereotypes about her gender; she obliterates then and reduces them to a pile of ash." -- Outburn Magazine
"You have never heard anyone break down the walls the way Bloodlined Calligraphy are about to" -- Alternative Press Magazine
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.39 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Facedown Records
- Item model number : Ypsilanti
- Original Release Date : 2006
- Run time : 33 minutes
- Date First Available : August 9, 2006
- Label : Facedown Records
- ASIN : B000HIP45G
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #656,660 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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After the first track, a beautiful piano-driven instrumental which I'm told is titled after the date a band member's father passed away, the band comes out with a bang. The very first thing I noticed is the fact that Ally's vocals are much deeper. Despite this slight change her lyrics remain audible whether she's screaming or growling her way through a track. Because of this, it's easy to focus on the general positive outlook of what she has to say from track to track. A fine example of this is the third track, an anthem of acceptance that finds Ally screaming "Take it or leave it, no regrets"; of which, during the final seconds of the track, the rest of the band gang screams over a slow chugging breakdown.
Much of the same continues through the 4th and 5th track, the latter of which turns out to be the best song the band has ever written. Here they seem to put all of themselves into this one song, providing a fine example of what metalcore is capable of when done right and with passion. We're also given a rare instance in which Ally actually sings, alternating with a rather vicious growl mid-chorus. The lyrics are again positive and even hopeful, made all the more powerful by Ally's steadfast way of expressing them.
After two somewhat unimpressive songs, track 8 more than makes up for lost time. After a couple of minutes of thrash-inspired riffing the song morphs into a fast groove section, which then comes to a halt and gives way to an inevitable earth shattering breakdown. I would suggest hiding any loved ones or innocent animals because this is one of the best breakdowns you'll hear in any song, period. Slowing the original groove down to about 1/3 speed, the guitars are left to ring and the crash cymbal finally re-introduces itself for the remainder of the song.
As the album continues it never quite matches the power of the 5th track or the utter destruction of the 8th track. There's nothing wrong with that, however, as the remaining songs stand well on their own. Per the usual with this style of metalcore you're not going to find anything new or innovative on this record. Perhaps it would be nice to see the band experiment beyond a slight change of vocals, but I really see no need for such a transformation. Bloodlined Calligraphy are good at what they do and have been for a few years now. For fans of exciting and straight to the point metalcore, I'd recommend giving this and the rest of their albums a shot.
Overall, i don't find this cd boring, some songs are short and snappy which i like, while other are more standard length. One of the gems of facedown records i'd say. Their sound tells me "we play whatever the hell we want and it's gunnu sound awsome." And it truly does. Pick this one up, it's great for hardcore fans but appeals to many others to (i'm a death metaler myself).