Take Us To Vegas – Bloodwolves


Album

Bloodwolves

Label

Unsigned

Year

2013

For Fans Of

Escape The Fate - The Used - A Day To Remember

Summary

Bloodwolves is an empty shell of a record, with not enough sincerity and actually substance to make it bearable

Rating

15 / 100

Take Us To Vegas are self-indulgent, gimmicky post hardcore of the very worst kind. With influences like Pierce The Veil, A Day To Remember and The Amity Affliction, TUTV’s newest release, Bloodwolves, sounds too much like an amalgamation of these bands, projected onto a palate of cheap stadium rock tunes. Bloodwolves is all about making dramatic but empty statements and rocking the hell out of pretty much everything, and while the record does everything from the chugging guitars to the soaring choruses just right, you can’t help be aware of the lack of sincerity throughout.

After a brief and forgettable instrumental, Take Us To Vegas jump right in with ‘Dear Hodgetwins,’ an unnecessarily heavy and overly-theatrical rock anthem that is carried by the sparkly clean vocals and reverberating, pop metal guitar, suggestive of Escape the Fate. On the surface, it’s catchy as all hell and mildly addictive, just like most of the album, but this isn’t enough to mask the lack of sincerity and earnest in the song writing.

With ‘Vital Signs’ and ‘Hades’, Take Us To Vegas dabble in the heavy/clean post hardcore trends already made familiar by bands like The Amity Affliction and A Day To Remember, and as a result end up sounding unoriginal, uninspired and bland. While the grumbling, heavy vocals are credible and the squeaky clean ones are far from inaccessible, it’s the lyrical penmanship, which is unconvincing and clichéd that lets these tracks down.

It’s a mystery as to why the band chose ‘For The Love of The Game’ as the single for the record, as it’s one of the weakest tracks on there, lacking any kind of heaviness, emotional vigour or a genuine spirit. With lyrics like ‘As I look back on this life I’ve lived; I’ve just been a sheep dressed in wolves clothing’ there’s nothing much to keep this record from going under.

Conclusion

Take Us To Vegas finish the album on a somewhat positive note however, with Burning At Both Ends digging up some interesting instrumental flavours and demonstrating that the range of the band goes further than can be heard on Bloodwolves. The parts are all there, so here’s hoping they’ll dig deeper for something a lot more sincere and inspired next time around.

Tracklisting

1. The Grey (Instrumental) 
2. Dear Hodgetwins
3. Vital Signs 
4. For The Love of The Game (single)
5. Hades 
6. Bloodwolves
7. Burning At Both Ends 

3 Responses to “Take Us To Vegas – Bloodwolves”

  1. tamaragilliland

    I find this review brutally mislead. I am a photographer and the owner of a music website who has photographed TUTV a number of times and, with one of my writers just this past weekend, I have interviewed TUTV about their new album. If I were to say one thing about Take Us To Vegas or their new album, it would without a doubt be that this new album was the first of their work to represent sincere thoughts and ideas. I have never seen a band so committed to creating something so personal. One of my favourite albums, and not just because it is catchy but primarily because of what TUTV had to say about their journey in creating it.

  2. Jamesf**kit

    You use the word “uninspired” a lot, for a music critic your vocabulary is very poor! Or is it just you can’t find any technical flaws or real reason to dislike them. Sounds to me the critic is just another scene follower, you know, those guys that only like what there mates do and have no real taste. Either way I just finished the first play through of blood wolves and I like it! Uninspired is the last word I could use for these guys. If you followed them on social media you would understand that they are far from uninspired. All I see is genuinely fun and compassionate blokes, and the only reason I bought blood wolves is because the track vital signs “inspired” me.

  3. Spirax

    I made an account just to comment on this.

    The reviewer spent 3 paragraphs praising the songs, riffs, vocals and general track structure – and in all 3 paragraphs made the point that the only negative is the lack of meaning in the lyrics.

    We get it, you couldn’t connect to the songs. But the structure of this review is horrid, does this person still write for this site? Do they get paid? I hope not as I could produce a better review for free without pretending I am Tyson Wray and excluding the passive-aggressive venting.

    Also, Vital Signs carries a strong method of life always being worth the effort, touches upon suicide and even encourages people to check if their friends are okay. What kind of a person thinks anti-suicide messages are ‘cliché’? Suicide isn’t a trend.

    The poster above is correct regarding your vocabulary. Remind me to avoid your opinion in the future.

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