IF MAN IS FIVE: Blood Is the Ink, Hate Is the Story: CD

A sonically schizophrenic hodge-podge of metal, punk, faux-goth and arty tinges, the result of which, while not particularly enthralling, was well executed. The singer has a nice voice. I honestly don’t mean to diss them, but they sound like so many gloomy “alternative metal” bands that populated the Sunset Strip clubs in the ‘90s.

 –jimmy (www.blackazul.com)