Dark and gothicky. Imagine, if you will, the screwed-up offspring of Glen Danzig putting together a band, but they’re a bit more sensitive to human relationships than their Father of Doom. These could be some really interesting songs (I particularly like “The Part that Hurts”—less gloom and a bit more rock on that one), but as it stands the band just isn’t all that tight. I suspect that they might be a much better live band than this record indicates, but the recording is held back by juvenilely simplistic drumming of spotty quality. With time and practice AOTR could be an innovative and enthralling band—they’ve already achieved a level of subtly layered complexity—but the sloppiness of certain points is too much to ignore.
–Eric Carlson (no label: www.myspace.com/arsenicontherocks)