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Album Review

The first full-length blueprint for the Blood Brothers' sound, This Adultery Is Ripe neither captures the schizoid sci-fi hardcore of March on Electric Children nor the groove-oriented screamo of their masterpiece, Burn Piano Island, Burn, but still takes the intensity of At the Drive-In to another level and manages to outdo just about any other entry in the genre. "Rescue" brilliantly combines spiky intensity with serious hooks and in the process completely recontextualizes what can be considered pop. The darkness, strange undercurrents, and the revolutionary, indelible outlook are present and in full effect — check the eerie intro to "Doctor! Doctor!," the short-fast-rules grindcore of "James Brown," and the dual vocals of "Marooned on Piano Island." The strength here comes from the fact that the Blood Brothers can match the relentless thrash of the most insane bands (the Locust, for example), while driving their songs with melody, ingenuity, and hooks. This album offers up a disorienting, sometimes disturbing vision, but one that obliterates its contemporaries and lays waste to its forebears.

Customer Reviews

Captures the essence of The Blood Brothers - circa 9/11/2001

This album brings back many memories, as these are some of my favorite songs that the band was playing live in the seattle area around 2001, when I was still living there. Somehow The Blood Brothers' albums can't really capture the sound of the band playing live. I'm not sure what it is, but there was just so much energy at their shows, during their sets, that you can't really put into words. It was like all the darkest, scariest parts of my psyche were laid out on a table for the world to see, and while I would normally bottle it up, at their shows, it was like I felt like one of the "tamer" ones… scratch that: I felt downright intimidated.

During "Doctor! Doctor!" at one show, I was down at the front, and the crowd got kinda crazy, and I ended up pretty much forced up on the stage, only to be dragged down by security and thrown into the melee beneath, my glasses being knocked off my face in the process.. one of the band members (can't remember who, I was in a blur) stopped playing to hand me my glasses, which I thought was really nice, and stuck with me as a good memory of those days, forever.

Anyone who likes their later stuff should check this out. It isn't as raw as the debut, but it's still got that grittiness to it that seems to have been polished away on "burn piano island"; it's like a bridge between phases.

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