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Album Review

Although the album cover and title might suggest a dark, brooding, and loud brand of rock & roll, Sounds Like Violence sound more like a tight, well-oiled, and finely tuned rock band judging by opening track "Nothing," a mix of garage rock and punk but with enough radio-friendly hooks to ensure success. Just as strong is the rollicking "Were You Ever in Love with Me?," which brings to mind a cross between the International Noise Conspiracy and Interpol. But perhaps the band shows its true musical chops with the urgent, rabid "Wrong," which works on several different levels. Guitarists Philip Hall and Andreas Söderlund weave some great magic on this song as it twists and turns, ebbs and flows. A passion is also clearly audible and not diminished by slick production. "Changes" is another perfect example of this and well worth repeated listens, as is the tight and infectious "Glad I'm Losing You," despite the rather monotone delivery of the vocals during the verses. The first average or mediocre song seems to arise during a rather routine romp through "Heartless Wreck," but that's quickly atoned for with the powerful, foot-stomping "Cold Cold Blood." Sounds Like Violence only veer into hardcore emo territory during "Longing for a Warm Embrace."

Customer Reviews

What else would you expect from Deep Elm?

As a whole, With Blood On My Hands follows a trajectory similar to that of a destructive relationship, beginning with a steady, nervous beat and gradually erupting into a buzzsaw of guitars and percussive stomp. Blasting out gritty pop hooks that drive the stake deeper and deeper with each crushing riff, With Blood On My Hands gushes more and more until it finally reaches a critical level with the incredible album closer "The Greatest." It never felt this good to be on life support!

dark, troubled, and sinister, similar to Alkaline Trio

Overflowing with nervous energy, pop hooks, and post hardcore fury, this disc is highly melodic yet it maintains a dark, troubled indie aesthetic. The screechy male vocals croon at a fierce pitch while singing, and delve into some pretty harsh screams when the mood is right. If you’re looking for something to replace your Alkaline Trio obsession, try this out.

MIdnight Cobra on the hunt!

okay well my story begins with me looking for a song on myspace and for some reason i came across Sounds LIke Violence and i put Glad I'm Losing You as my song because i like the beginning but i never heard the rest because i figured that people would turn it off as soon as it loaded because thats what i do unless i like the song. then i bought it on iTunes and then i realized i would have liked a nice pack of tic - tacs instaed of this song. So if your confused by my review what im trying to say is get tic- tacs instaed of this album their better!


Formed: Ängelholm, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

From the small town of Ängelholm, Sweden, dynamic post-hardcore/emo outfit Sounds Like Violence grabbed influence from early-'90s indie rock, citing specific love for the likes of the Afghan Whigs, the Posies, and Kyuss. Instead of relocating permanently to the bigger metropolis of Stockholm to take advantage of its broader opportunities, Sounds Like Violence stuck to their hometown roots, and simply toured as much as possible to get their music heard. Vocalist/guitarist Andreas Söderlund, guitarist...
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