Review #13: Pulled Apart by Horses – Blood

Artist – Pulled Apart by Horses
Album – Blood (2014)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/4kb7SxZP0y2lnQTUgHpI6d

Pulled Apart by Horses are an Alternative-rock band from Leeds. Formed in 2008, this band began making a name for themselves touring with the likes of Rolo Tomasi, The Bronx and Anti-Flag. They quickly grew a larger fan base, as well as the interest of larger bands, such as Biffy Clyro, Muse and Foals, of which they toured with. PABH brought out their debut self titled album in 2010, which was quickly followed up by the successful ‘Tough Love’ in 2012. With a new label and slightly new sound Pulled Apart by Horses have released their third album ‘Blood’.

‘Blood’ slightly drifts away from the fast, heavy, hardcore style of the previous album … but in a good way. This album still has its heaviness that PABH are known for, but with catchier riffs, lyrics and choruses. As with previous albums, the band experiment with odd rhythms and complicated guitar patterns, which shows the effort they put into their songwriting. Vocals have become easier to understand due to there being more singing than screaming, which showcases the intelligent, and at times funny lyrics written by the band. Seeing this band tour just a few weeks ago these new songs really do create a different vibe live than previous songs. Older songs have the audience moshing and ramming their way to the front, whilst these songs are slightly more head banging and sing along tracks, although there are still moshable moments … (i don’t think moshable is a word). Finally, the new logo is pretty cool, as is the cover art.

It would have been nice to have one or two tracks as fast and heavy as V.E.N.O.M etc from previous albums, but still, if a band is going slightly more mainstream then this is the right way to do it. I enjoyed this album from start to finish.

7/10

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