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A Cruel World

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Album Review

Bloodsimple features ex-Vision of Disorder members Tim Williams (vocals) and Mike Kennedy (guitar). Cruel World, the band's debut, is also the first release from Mudvayne frontman Chad Grey's Bullygoat imprint (via Warner). Mudvayne's sound is definitely a reference point for Bloodsimple, as is later VOD. As heavy as much of Cruel World hits — the killer opener "Straight to Hate," "Blood In Blood Out"'s updated thrash swagger — it also makes room for things like "Running from Nothing," which links curse words and screaming with atmospheric, even melodic singing. In this way it's a pretty typical 2000s alternative metal record. The rhythm section stops and starts with Tool precision, the guitars are mixed to maximum thickness, and Williams tears at his soul with lyrics about insanity, broken teeth, and waging war on the weak. Williams is certainly committed to his rage — "Path to Prevail" begins with a banshee howl to wake the dead. It's Cruel World's strongest track, since its lead riff has enough room for melody without losing that viciously rewarding edge. The breaks suggest Disturbed, the drums pound like armies marching out of hell, and "You're full of s**t/I vow now to return/I've already been your God" is a chorus tailor-made for destroying Playstation opponents.

Customer Reviews

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this is an aewsome album and i hope that this band will get more poular because it is a great one. maybe they just havent been discovered yet. but this album is very very very good. there is no bad song. and the vocals are really somethong special.

great cd

bloodsimple has something about them that just makes them great they are one of my fav bands and you should definetly pick up thhis cd great great great great cd

Really Good!

I'm not a huge fan of Bloodsimple, and I like all kinds of music. However, I feel this CD is much better than "Red Harvest". This is my favorite kind of metal, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I think every song, except 2 or 3 of them, are 5 stars for sure!

Biography

Formed: 2002 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

New York City metalcore band Bloodsimple were formed from the ashes of influential hardcore/thrash metal act Vision of Disorder. After VoD's 2001 album, From Bliss to Devastation, received a lukewarm response from fans and critics, the group went on hiatus, and in 2002 the bandmembers announced their breakup. By this time, lead singer Tim Williams and guitarist Mike Kennedy had already begun working on material for a new project; originally called Fix 8, the group started life as a side project,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: Mar 29, 2005

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