Blood and Ink Records has been mighty quiet this year. Love Not Wasted by Dependency is the only new album they have put out in a long time After one listen through this record, I am sure glad that BandI is back. Dependency blends a perfect mixture of hardcore (Overcome or Gideon) with punk rock (Thumper Punk Records artists) to create an interesting musical style. They do sound like the majority of what Blood and Ink signs, but Dependency still retains some uniqueness. I really like a Love Not Wasted, and it has been playing nonstop on my iPod.
A highlight on this record is School Work Die ” which brings the full hardcore punk rampage similar to False Idle. The lyrics are pretty funny in this song and worth a listen or two just for them. The production is what the big letdown is on Love Not Wasted. It does however fit what kind of music they are playing so in one way it could be a plus. It depends on the person to whom you are talking. For me I’m not a huge fan of the production. Kyle Fesmire’s vocals Don’t wow the crowd but sound good with the music. His voice reminds me of The Crucified’s Mark Salomon just not as good. Overall the whole package of music works well together.
In the end this album is a good second effort; a lot can be learned from it and put forth in their next release. I sure hope Blood and Ink doesn’t stop producing artists like this because they are quite enjoyable to listen to. I am going to say one last thing: originality isn’t the key with this band. Yes most of what you will hear on this record has been sung and strummed before but that isn what makes this band entertaining. What does make them a joy to hear is that they have a strong heart for what they are doing with their music.
3/5* Stars: A must for hardcore punk fans.*New and more critical scoring system.