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Album Review

Following the release of its sophomore album, 2009's A New Hope, Boston, Massachusetts' Vanna was subjected to a laundry list of challenges and misgivings that would have destroyed less stubborn and resilient bands. First came the always traumatic vocalist swap — former singer Chris Preece split and was replaced by ex-Seeker Destroyer frontman Davey Muise — and next the band was dropped by Epitaph Records; but they quickly found a new home at Artery Recordings, put their heads down, and released third album And They Came Baring Bones, in the summer of 2011. Turns out that, musically, not much has changed in the Vanna world aside from the person behind the microphone, and token tracks like "I the Remover," "Breathing at the Bottom," "Silver Sun," and "Eyes Like the Tides" boast most of the familiar, melodic metalcore culprits: contrasting hard and soft sections, Cookie Monster rough and emo-clean singing (some provided by lead guitarist Evan Pharmakis), and impressive technical chops to handle the many distinct passages and sharp transitions between them. True surprises are nowhere to be found, but stand-out songs do rear their heads (so do forgettable ones - e.g. "I the Remover" and "Careless Men Lead Careless Lives"), namely the uncommonly punchy, tormented "History on Repeat" and the densely sculpted post-metal-inspired quasi-ballad "Scarlet Shroud," which is a welcome departure and proof positive that Vanna may yet enjoy life beyond metalcore. In fact, it's fair to say that the tortuous trail leading to Vanna's third album pretty much mirrors that of the metalcore movement, which for years now has been teetering on the brink of either endurance or irrelevance, depending on who you ask. From purely commercial and critical standpoints, the typical answer is definitely a big "who cares?", but for the listening minority who still feels passionate about metalcore's basic blueprint, Vanna provide another engaging example thereof with this album.

Customer Reviews

..somewhat disappointed

Before I start, I don't NOT like these songs, I just think they could have sounded better. I don't know if it's because they switched labels (from Epitaph to Artery) but I think the sound quality of this album is sub par. The drums sound kinda sloppy and I could barely hear the double bass and the clean vocals sound really quiet. I also think the guitars sound too tinny so it has that kinda "scratchy" sound. This was my main concern about the album and partly why I didn't like it very much. I just wonder how it would have sounded coming out of Epitaph, however, I have no information on why they switched labels so I won't make any assumptions.

I DO like the songs on this album! I just wished they could have sounded better. But, enough of negatives, I do really enjoy the lyrics in these songs. Especially those of "I, the Collector". Very creepy :). "White Light" is also a very haunting sounding album ender, also one of my favorites.

But songs like "Black Bones" or "Scarlet Shroud" I just downright didn't like. I've been trying and trying to like them with no avail. I don't really understand why everyone is saying it's the most amazing Vanna album yet. I'm not hating, I just wish I could view it that way too :(

Some of the songs on this album turn out to be "just ok" and it was still an enjoyable ride to listen to. I did "pre-order" this album on iTunes so I know the sound quality of the songs were in their original forms.

In conclusion, the songs weren't bad, it's the sound quality of the songs that really made me dislike this album.
In any case, I'm still gonna learn all the words because I'm seeing them in August :)
Happy listening! I hope this review helped.

This band is always good

The old vocals was good! but things change, and they did it right, all of their music great. they are talented dudes, hope to see them soon

So Deserving.

This album will hopefully be the big turning point for these guys. Knowing them on a personal basis you realize the blood sweat and tears these guys shed to produce the awesome music we, as fans, expect. The hardships this band has been through sometimes goes unnoticed and this is one of the bands that deserve solid support. Im so stoked this album is finally off the ground and available. You guys are awesome.


Formed: 2004 in Boston, MA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Taking influence from bands like As I Lay Dying, Norma Jean, and Every Time I Die, Boston metalcore outfit Vanna were barely together a year before signing with Epitaph Records in fall 2005. Comprising Joe Bragel (vocals), Nick Lambert (guitar/vocals), Evan Pharmakis (guitar/vocals), Brandon Davis (drums), and Shawn Marquis (bass), their music often alternated between melodic singing and visceral growling. The band parted ways with Bragel for personal reasons in February 2006, and a new vocalist,...
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