• M3FTW acquired a new CD!

    12 nov. 2008, 23h09m

    I know, I don't usually actually USE the Journal here, but I think I'm gonna use this to review some albums I've bought, both digital and CDs. So...

    Bone Palace Ballet by Chiodos

    I already had their first album on its way to me, but the album cover and the desire to hear more Chiodos led me to purchase this CD. I really hadn't heard much, so both purchases were a little risky. But I couldn't be happier.

    Is It Progression If A Cannibal Uses A Knife? 10/10
    A great opener to their new album, and with its tie into the title of the album. Chilling, haunting, yet beautiful, this song is a great opener for this album.

    Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot With A Monkey Face) 10/10
    Another great song, catchy, disturbing, yet not a poppy song. Wonderful combination of piano, violin, trombone, and electric guitar.

    Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered 9.5/10
    Still a good song, and catchy, but its not QUITE as great as the previous two songs. Warning though, if you don't like screaming, you most likely will dislike this track.

    A Letter From Janelle 10/10
    Catchy and plays back and forth between a sort of dream-like smooth feel to a more solid, rock chorus. It may not be the most memorable track on the album, but its great, nonetheless

    I Didn't Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was A Wizard 10/10
    Catchy, a tad repetitive, yet another exceptional song. Its just about as weird as its title, but it grows on you a lot.

    Teeth The Size Of Piano Keys 9.5/10
    Pretty much the same story as Bulls Make Money, except more screaming. Nonetheless, great song, just not quite as good as some of the the other FANTASTIC songs on this album.

    Life Is A Perception Of Your Own Reality 10/10
    Every (good) album has that one song that really jumps out at you, the one that DEFINITELY is memorable. This is that song, full of all sorts of instruments, and is lyrically and musically astounding. If you buy only parts of the album from an online music store, don't miss this track, or you'll be missing out.

    If I Cut My Hair, Hawaii Will Sink 9.5/10
    Good song, good opening, and if you can love the screaming (throughout just about the WHOLE song, not just parts), then you'll like this song.

    Intensity In Ten Cities 10/10
    The more mellow, calmer track of the album. Its a lovely song, and it does stick out, being so much more mellow than all the other songs, but still very enjoyable, even after an intense, screaming and metal song.

    The Undertaker's Thirst For Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle) 10/10
    The album closes with a bang, with a very complicated and layered song... with screaming :D

    Overall: 98.5/100

    My very first experience of a Chiodos album was an amazing one, and well worth the money I payed for it. If you can tolerate the singing (I know some people find Chiodos' singing untolerable, so make sure you can first), and appreciate the screaming, you'll find yourself with an excellent album.

    I bought a HARD copy, though, and looking on iTunes, it has the Grand Coda version, which has some extras on it. Unfortunately, the Grand Coda version lacks Teeth The Size Of Piano Keys, which may or may not be worth getting the original version of the album. What the Grand Coda version boasts instead is 4 new songs, and music videos in the Deluxe edition. Its all up to you which version you buy, but a physical copy is MUCH nicer than just buying it on iTunes, as it includes a nice little booklet, and nice looking CDs.