INK BOMB: Fiction: CD

This is Dutch melodic punk band Ink Bomb’s first full-length after a series of well-received EPs. I was immediately into the opening track “Griefwalker.” The intensity stayed high on the follow up “Brittle,” but the album quieted down and got softer and more melodic as it progressed. By the time the album got to “Cauterize”—the second-to-last song on the album, and a primarily acoustic guitar number—I wasn’t really paying attention anymore. Overall, Ink Bomb have some strong tracks on Fiction, and their chemistry is undeniable, but I wanted more of the ferocity they displayed in the opening tracks, and less of the quiet melodic tracks from later in the album. –Paul J. Comeau (Ink Bomb, inkbomb.nl)