Sounds Like Violence

With Blood On My Hands

by Jason MacNeil

18 April 2007

 

Rarely has a band’s sound lived up to its name, but Sounds Like Violence churn out one frantic outburst after another that takes no prisoners or hostages. Whether it’s the drum rolls and fills of Daniel Petersson or the “play or die” approach by guitarists Andreas Soderlund and Philip Hall, songs like “Nothing” jump out and grab you by the gullet. The primal nature of “Were You Ever in Love With Me?”, which they take to another level, is equally enjoyable and refreshing. What you hear is what you get—there’s no second or third take production crap going on with “Wrong”, which is a bit more complex and intricate, but never heads into an emo/screamo domain. Not a moment of this album demands less than your full attention, whether it is the winding, dramatic “Until Death Do Us Apart” or the pleasing “Changes”. Fans of the Soundtrack of Our Lives and the Hives would relish the band, although this group seems to show another side of themselves with the mid-tempo pop of “Favourite Son”. Even the homestretch has the band still knocking tunes out of the park, particularly the boogie-tinged “Cold Cold Blood” or the adventurous “Directions”. Sounds like violence? Sounds like manna from heaven.

With Blood on My Hands

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