17:04 - !J.O.O.E.! The production on that Candelabrum is not great. Unless you hate bass that is. You guys are weird. That's the type of thing I would skim over simply because it sounds like whoever made it has no finesse with production.
01. Up Shirts Down Skirts 02. Dirty's Back 03. Game On 04. Only Cure 05. Down And Out 06. Mental 07. Last Line Lady 08. My Salute 09. Go It Alone 10. Will Of A Demon 11. Sinking Ships 12. Event Horizon
Baptized In Blood was my favourite band at one point, and when this album came out, I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait for more insane solos, bone-crushing riffs, and pulverising drums. I bought the album the week it came out, and loved it to bits. After a few more listens, my love faded. It's a great album... but not the "10" material, I originally thought it to be.
I would class Baptized In Blood as a "party thrash" band; the songs contain bits of metalcore, death metal, thrash, and even a hint of glam. Which is probably why my personal rating has dropped over time. It doesn't have the replay value required for me to continue praising it. The music is headbang-inducing; it makes want to finish your drink and hop into the mosh pit. It's full of solos, which is a delight to lovers of technicality. The rhythm guitars are also quite good: the riffs always have some variation, but they occasionally get boring, especially if you are listening to the whole album at once. Matt Harris is extraordinary on bass; he also puts on a good show during live performances. The drums are good - above average, nothing special - but they have their place on the album. I also have to point out that Johl has excellent footwork; his bass drumming is incredible.
Adam has a great voice as well. It doesn't have that much range, but it sounds perfect for the music they play. It has a good rasp - nothing too overkill - so he doesn't sound like a bear with a sore throat. The lyrics, however, are incredibly cheesy. I suppose this is where the glam influence kicks in. It is actually a plus in my mind; it raises your spirits upon hearing it, and even makes you giggle. The cheesiness is not overwhelming either; you can still take the album seriously.
The overall sound of this band is great, even including the cheesy lyrics, and the fact that several songs are re-recorded from the previous album. This is recommended to fans of metalcore, thrash, and partying in general!
Highlights: "Dirty's Back", "Down and Out", "Last Line Lady"