One Dead Three Wounded immediately hits you square between the eyes with their re-issue of their 2003 debut full length release Paint the Town. From the very start, the outing by this 5-piece from Philly unleashes its aggressive hardcore-inspired brand of metal in a way that is not only good, but immediately demands your attention.
The album's instrumental build-up track, "Failed Transmission", bleeds directly into the hard-hitting "Cowboys Don't Look Back". The band forges ahead fairly strong through some decently-written tracks like, "Regret", "Welcome Home Tragedy", and "Farewell". What may be missing for the band can easily be learned and picked up with just a little more experience.
There are only a few places where this release falls short. First off, why a re-release? After having originally put this album out in 2003, it's really not that old, and it seems that the band could have just as easily released some new material for their fans, instead of giving them essentially the same release as 2003, save the 2 bonus tracks included at the end of the reissue. This is not the first time the band has made such a move. Back in 2000, the band released their very first demo, only to re-release the songs again on a split with Always the Victim.
The other way the album falls just short is in its catchiness. While it is a solid release, especially for a band's first full length outing (even if it is a re-release), it fails to pull you in and really 'feel' the songs, even though it is so hard-hitting. Perhaps what it lacks is some of the more standard hooks usually heard in more recent metalcore and hardcore albums. But then again, that could be one good thing that sets this album apart from your standard run-of-the-mill metalcore and hardcore releases.
For the typical modern hard music fan, this release has a little bit of everything-choppy guitar parts, part metal, part hardcore, and high energy. One can definitely tell from listening to the latest (re) release by One Dead Three Wounded that they mean business. Given some time, any shortcomings they have can easily be made up and learned from.