After mysteriously dropping into an unannounced hiatus in 2006, Most Precious Blood has had its loyal fan base waiting for the hardcore band’s much-anticipated fourth studio album. Do Not Resuscitate brings enough rage for those fans to forgive the past five years of silence. The album opener, “Danger To Myself And Others,” gives the false notion that the band is going to be experimenting with new genres and instrumentation. The first 30 seconds sound like Quentin Tarantino’s interpretation of a spaghetti western theme with Spanish guitar and horns. The only other instance of the band straying from its usual hardcore metal guitar blasts comes on “Of Scattered Ant That Swarm Together,” where easy acoustic guitar, symphonic cymbal bursts, strings and chimes are all introduced. The interesting part about this song though, is that lead singer, Rob Fusco, never brings down the gravelly timbre in his screams, shouting the whole way through the pseudo-ballad.
The rest of the album is classic hardcore. Fast punk drumming perfectly meshes with super-distorted guitar riffs and incomprehensible screaming. The production on Do Not Resuscitate is modern and flashy, at times sounding über-compressed. This causes the instrumentation to all come together into one sound. Even the vocals at times fade into the background, sounding like just another instrument adding to the fury. All of these things coming together as one allows for the possibility of not having one or a few lead instruments. Instead the group creates one feel, making their angry emotion the focal point. That being said, Fusco’s voice does have a few shining moments, at times sounding slightly reminiscent of Cedric during At The Drive In’s later years.
The incomprehensible vocals on “Enthusiastic Eugenicist” are probably best left to mystery while the grinding guitars on “Stuart Is A Dead Man Walking” makes you thank god that you aren’t Stuart. Overall, Do Not Resuscitate is an furious burst of textbook hardcore done correctly, plus a few surprises that will help the band to be separate from its peers.