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In Arcadia - If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It Review
by Joannie Foney

I can't stand emo, I don't know why this decent little metal band keeps getting slagged with that label all over the internet. Having said that, I admit that this is some tough music to pigeonhole, that's fo' sho'!

Maybe the lyrics do present their raw truth, but this band doesn't consist of a buncha grown men sitting around weeping over their pathetic lives & how their daddy didn't love them enough to fly a kite with them. I guess there's just not enough Prozac in the universe for those types of bands to swallow so they can go make pop music and laugh! I think if In Arcadia were forcibly fed Prozac, they'd go on a killing spree in a subway, as this music is simply too rough to ever be pretty & poppy.

It's also some of the most cleverly named stuff ever devised. Who wouldn't want to listen to songs called "Olsen Twins Pornography", or "Megadeth Fiero"? But funny song titles aren't all this band has to offer. The songs are all strong, solid, varied, interesting, and dare I say, even catchy, but not in a 'Coming Soon to a Clear Channel Near You!' kinda way. One song is vaguely reminiscent of Metal Church, if anyone besides me is old enough to remember them, which managed to come across as fresh & original sounding anyway. There are a couple songs on here, with long, slow intros, but the songs themselves are well worth the wait. The song titles alone make this CD worth the purchase price; fortunately the music backing those up is good enough to make you continue listening to it long after the song title novelty has worn off.

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