It’s difficult to understand how an electro (can it even be classed as that?), MySpace worshipped band such as Blood On The Dance Floor have continued to create music. Since 2007, BOTDF have been pushing their overdubbed and synth attempt of music into the public eye; at least they have ambition. They’re a band that are loved and hated in equal measurements but perhaps their attempts to crack the wave of electro music will finally come to an end. It’s a shame that ‘The Anthem Of The Outcast’ won’t be setting anyone’s New Year alight this time around.
The band kick off with ‘The Calling’, which actually starts the album off in the right direction. You expect an epic approach to long anthem music, but soon the clichés of being in the scene genre begin and it’s back to square one. The album progressively gets worse and, although you want to throw it out of the window, there’s a side where you just want to see how far they can go with their music.
We’re then brought through to ‘The Comeback’, a track ruined by the whiney vocals and the rough and noisy screams, but on a positive note their instrumentals are intense and fresh. If removing the vocals from every track was applicable, then maybe BOTDF would be able to get somewhere in the music scene.
It doesn’t stop there, ‘Anthem Of The Outcast’ and ‘Hell On Heels (Givin’ In To Sin)’ entice that short glimmer of hope, but it’s then shot down by those drilling vocals that appear to ruin everything about this band. The album appears interesting from a glance and ‘Your Sorry Life’ clearly demonstrates how relevant it is to the release: the album needs to be toned down. They have attempted to push themselves into a scene that clearly isn’t ready for such awful, mind numbing music.
Blood On The Dance Floor have tried to be too much of one thing. Their over-eagerness is sickening and overwhelming, but perhaps in due time they will get the hint. If there’s any band that have tried, conquered and failed, it’s this band. For your own peace of mind, do not attempt the full painful endurance of this album; it will not end on a good note.
Written by Yasmin La Ronde
Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS!