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With Passion - In The Midst Of Bloodied Soil - 2005 - Earache Records

Track Listing
1. Trainwreck Orchestra
2. Last Scripture, The
3. Scorpion's Dance, The
4. Darkness Doth Bring Mortality
5. Forlorn Hope
6. Prophecies Of Hellfire, The
7. Coniferous War, A
8. Theory Of An Evening Sky, The
Sacramento California's With Passion is a very complex math-core metal band that hints at melody and intricate arrangements while pummeling the listener with blast beats, stomp riffs, twin guitar dynamics, and progressive delivery. The band was formed in 2002 and released their debut EP in 2004 entitled "In The Midst Of Bloodied Soil". The group picked up a contract with Euro metal giant Earache Records in 2005 and the label threw a couple of extra tracks on the EP and reissued the record as the group's first full-length album. Sort of an interesting way to release a group's debut but nonetheless here it is.

The band is fronted by Fidel Campos, who uses a real rough black metal voice over these technical sounds. Often Campos reminds me of the early days of the Gothenburg death metal scene of Sweden crossed with the venomous sounds of Norway. Backing Campos is the ear candy of the group, guitarists John Abernathy and Jeff Morgan, who combine on some really wacko sounding melodic structures that are really all over the place within each song. Drummer Greg Donnelly sounds inhuman, bracing each cut with a backbreaking amount of double-bass and blast beat percussion. The end result leaves With Passion sounding like a cross between Manntis, Intronaut, and Absence.



--EC 06.24.07
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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