All Is Fair In Love And War - 2004 - Blood & Ink Records|
Pedal To The Metal - 2008 - Century Media
S= Jon Cline - TONY GAMBINO
G= Robbie Hart - [SHRED SEAN] SEAN MICHAEL MAIER
B= TYLER HOARE
D= FRANK “BIRD”
K= Simon Foxx
This group is a white metal/popcore band hailing from Montreal. The Eastern Canadians were formed in 2003 as a metalcore band and soon entered even more commercial realms upping the glam quotient. It wasn’t long before the band obtained a deal and issued an album whose name length surpassed the band’s name. American guitarist joined in 2005 and the band toured Canada, USA and Europe. Singer Jon Cline departed in 2006. The group would next to sign to Century Media and find the budget to record with GGGarth Richardson (Nickelback) in Vancouver. The band lost guitar player Robbie Hart and keyboard player Simon Foxx before the release of Pedal To The Metal. Singer Tony Gambino was hospitalized in the winter of 2009 suffering from meningitis. Despite his being Canadian and enjoying free national healthcare the man was asking for financial assistance to allay the cost of his treatment.
BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART - PEDAL TO THE METAL - CENTURY MEDIA
A part of this metal girl wants to give the Montrealers a higher mark than forty. The band has the look (yummy hair), the image and the chops to do a lot. The music though is a mishmash and a fair bit confusing. According to the Metallian biography this band is a Christian combo working for Jesus and his followers. The back of the disc features a biography that claims, “they say to never take life too seriously and to live for the moment, which is exactly what Blessed By A Broken Heart is all about.” Contradiction? You bet your Stryper CD.
The song titles and lyrics might be all fun ’n games, but the music is a real mixture of styles. The rather futuristic metal intro gives way to a speed metal song with a frantic pace and upbeat riffing. Incidentally, if nothing else Pedal To The Metal is cheery throughout. Infused with metalcore breaks and whiff of commercialism the songs rotate between real pop ditties that are almost synthesized and danceable like Show Me What You Got and Move Your Body to the Poison-ous To Be Young. The glam image and sleazy vocals are a real contrast to the gruff vocals and metal riffs. Ride Into The Night is the extreme end of the band’s songwriting. Then there is whiz kid guitarist Shred Sean whose name doesn’t lie. He is a real Dragon-force”¦ during the solos, which takes me to the band’s sound. Spend a hundred thousand dollars and record with the same people and studios as Nickelback and you still won’t get an audible guitar. The rhythm guitar is impossible to hear. Regardless of whether it is because of the mix or the instrument’s tone the fact is a little baffling. While we are at it, hey the drums could have sounded sharper too. Old heads, anyone? Half the thing is recorded on drum machines anyway.
BBABH is something of an enigma. The group is worldly and sings of chicks, but worships Christ and is supposedly not materialistic. Pedal To The Metal should have been a real metal band’s album title, but this group is mostly not. They do look very cool nevertheless. - Sheila Wes Det
Blessed By A Broken Heart