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Blood is the ink Hate is the Story

by If Man Is Five

Female Fronted Experimental Punk/Metal/Progressive.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Gothic Metal
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1. My Nightmare
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2. Aria
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3. Puppet Master
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4. Water
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5. Choking on the Past
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6. Wicked Trick
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7. Hemorrhage
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8. Escape
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9. Waltz
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10. Six Years Earlier
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11. Distorted
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12. Body Count
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Album Notes

After releasing their debut album entitled Azraela, If Man Is Five follows up "the best local album of the summer" (3 Fifteen Magazine) with the highly anticipated release of Blood is the Ink Hate is the Story. The female dominated experimental, punk, metal band have been creating their diverse musical vision for over five years, playing at numerous venues along the East Coast of the United States and Canada. Combining aggressive guitar riffs with beautifully flowing melodies and accenting it all with angry screams, If Man Is Five, leaves no musical stone unturned and no genre left unexplored. Each member of the band brings their own diverse musical background and training to the table, developing a truly unique musical style ranging from punk to metal, to classical. Their strong song writing and musical abilities proves their undeniable raw talent.

For fans of: Kittie, Nightwish, Nemesea, Arch Enemy, L7, Within Temptation, Epica, Walls of Jericho, FlyLeaf, Jack Off Jill, Otep, Hole, Killswitch Engage, Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney, Crisis, Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Babes in Toyland, Evanescence, After Forever, Smashing Pumpkins , Scarling, Paramore, System of a Down, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Sepultura, Atreyu, Bullet for my valentine, Underoath.

Vocals/Bass- Angela
Guitar/Vocals- Brianna
Drums- Matt


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Josh Ribakove

Standout tracks: Aria / My Nightmare.
If Man Is Five / Blood is the Ink, Hate is the Story

Lyric that sums it up: "I won't forget my past, won't forget my fucking past."

The most original rock band in the region today returns with their second full-length CD, again recorded for the Black Azul label, at the studio of the same name. A new rhythm section, Evan McNamara and Daley Scofield, provides the foundation for Brianna Salazar's classically inflected heavy metal guitar work (NOT in the Yngwie vein, a totally different, and much more unusual, kind of classical influence is at work here) and Angela Timon's urgent,”sometimes snarling, sometimes operatic—singing. This is a band that takes its mission seriously; there's no funny stuff, no bullshit here. When Timon sings about pain, be it psychic, self-inflicted, or via an unnamed abuser, there's no doubt that she means it. The songs are often complex and venture into territory that other rock bands shy away from. Want a great party band? Best look elsewhere. Want something with real depth, a recording that reveals something new with each listening? Get this disc. It doesn't pack the sonic punch of IMIF's live shows, but it's the best record yet from the most worthwhile band our town has to offer.


Talent pure and simple
blood is the ink, hate is the story by if man is five is worth every last red cent that is spent on it. beautiful vocals great guitar riffs, drums and basslines. for one of the most unheard of bands they are by far more talented then the mainstream garbage that floats adrift on radio and tv. i highly recommend this cd!

Pepijn Verlaan

Fueling music
This music will fuel you. It's energetic, dark and emotive. Their idea must have been perfect, but the execution is not, it's just good, and it's good enough at that. I can't imagine this music being as pleasing without the unfinished patches showing.


This is definitely one of the most impressive DIY recordings I’ve heard in quite
This is definitely one of the most impressive DIY recordings I’ve heard in quite some time. The main quality I noted while listening to this release was the phenomenal amount of professionalism present in the songs. Had I not know, I would be quite shocked to discover that this was DIY band.
Imagine Goth Rock is somewhat an unfamiliar term to most. The music of If Man Is Five can be described as emotionally driven rock with a very dark feel. Come to think a lot of the guitar work can at times be reminiscing of music of the sludge persuasion; raw and hard-hitting with lots of shredding and chunkiness without having that shitty fuzzy sound. Many of the songs also play around with more intricate e melodies as well as a more prevalent use of acoustics that present themselves with nice crisp sound.
The singers voice has incredible range. These are not typical clean vocals from a female in that of us are accustomed to. Her vocals don come off as contrived and over-produced like some nu-metal groups (i.e. Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, etc) At times, she presents a vocal talent like that of some riot grrrl bands (particularly Sleater-Kinney). Though the most noticeable aspect she toys around with are her opera like vocals that are a refreshing occurrence throughout the album.

Hanging by a Chord

Their strong song writing and musical abilities proves their undeniable raw tale
The new 12 song album opens up with the beautiful dark classical inspired intro of My Nightmare, then quickly turns into all out rage and anger, describing the story of a tormented person who is fighting to survive an abusive relationship. The following track Aria is equally interesting showing off singer Angela Timon’s amazing classically trained voice, as the band blends metal and opera. The band shows their softer side on Water and Wicked Trick, coupled with the most touching, heartfelt lyrics of the album. While letting loose on punk influences in the songs Puppet Master and Distorted. One can tell that much thought went into the creation of each song on the album, with lyrics about life that everyone can relate to. If you want to experience a truly strange yet beautiful album, If Man Is Five’s Blood is the Ink Hate is the Story, will have you dropping your jaw to the floor

Alter Magazine

Blood Is the Ink, Hate Is the Story
If Man Is Five – Blood Is the Ink, Hate Is the Story
Black Azul Records
Having never heard of this band before, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I put the CD into the player and began to examine the cover art and booklet. The first thing that caught my attention was the amazing vocal range of singer Angela Timon who easily moves from operatic arias and clear long sustained notes to a throaty growls and snarls. A split second later I was assaulted with Brianna Salazar’s chunky guitar riffs and the rapid-fire drum beats of Evan McNamara over the dark intricate melodies of Daley Scofield’s five-string bass. The band plays metal with a dark edge and punk tempos. Their sound is a little tricky to pinpoint as they integrate a variety of influences. With their tight arrangements, If Man Is Five is able to create an intense yet catchy sound that expresses a wide variety of emotions. Spending many years of listening to fantasy metal and goth rock salving to paint pictures of dark alternate places, it was refreshing to hear lyrics that conveyed the darkness of real life experience. Many of the songs reflect working through difficult personal experiences and the phrasing and delivery makes them all the more poignant. Occasionally, some of the lyrical imagery becomes cliché, but it is easy to overlook as it is undeniable that the feelings are real. There is definitely an element of catharsis in this hard-hitting album that raises it above the level of background music for mosh pits. (Review by Julie Ryan)

Skratch Magazine

An ambotopis, far-reaching DIY release.
This is an ambitious, far-reaching DIy release. The group covers a continum from goth rock to art rock musically, and the vocals (mostly Angela Timon and Brianna Salazar) strech from a what-you-would expect- sneering snarl to gentle pop styles to a technical sould delivery with a lot of flourishes. All of these desparate elements are imprefrectly rnedered and only loosely stiched together, but taking in the vision the group is beginning to render makes this band one to watch.
-Tom Schulte


a hardcore My Bloody Valentine?
All the way from Binghamton, NY, this post hardcore band reminded me a little of a hardcore My Bloody Valentine at first, but after hearing a few more tracks I was struck by the intensity and drama of the music, with strong melodic female vocals with a bit of screamo in the background.

Girl Punk

Blood is the Ink
A mix of punk, metal, hardcore and classical, their second album is energetic, entertaining and eclectic.
One things's for certain: nobody's gonna be taking a nap during Blood is the Ink. Singer Angela Timon and her bandmates have put their all into 12 tow-curling, heart-twitching tunes, and its not an effort that can go by unnoticed. Unabashedly theatrical, the album works well as a collective performance; of course, this play is a tragedy.
Giving new meaning to the phrase rock opera, "The Aria" showcases Timon's stirring soprano, with lyrics sung in Italian to boot. "Wicked Trick" is an over-the-top paean to someone's dear, departed brother(guitarist-Salazar's) so dramatic it's hard to tell whether it's based in reality or just the product of an active imagination. After a dozen such diverse tracks, the final curtain falls on "Body Count," a regretful morning-after song in the grand tradition of Liz phair's "Fuck and Run" -- only angrier, naturally.