1. With Prayers And A Scalpel
2.  Here's A Noose
3.  All It Would Take
4.  Choking Back Your Future Regrets
5.  Now Repeat
6.  Detesting Your Lies
7.  Snap Shot Memories
8.  It Was Always Said
9.  Teeth On Asphalt
With Prayers And A Scalpel

CD | INIT-09

The debut full-length from Des Moines' Dispensing Of False Halos. Screamy hardcore with the occassional metal breakdown. Ex-Eclipse Of Eden and In Loving Memory.

I did a show for Dispensing Of False Halos in June 2002 with Mahkato at a short-lived d.i.y. venue I opened with a couple good friends of mine in Mankato, MN, called Your Mom's. I really liked what I saw/heard, and Rusty from DOFH gave me copies of their 4-song tour CD and their first demo, and I bought a t-shirt. And that was that, no talk about releases or anything. And then in September 2002 I attended Bloomington Fest in Bloomington, Indiana with a couple of close friends and the day after the last day of Bloomington Fest we drove to Iowa City, Iowa to see Milemarker and Meth And Goats at Gabe's Oasis. As we were leaving the show afterwards, I was wearing a Dispensing Of False Halos t-shirt and my friends and I pass this girl who says "Ooooh. Dispensing Of False Halos, Yay for Des Moines" in a really mean tone of voice. I was so mad, I wanted to spit on her and tell her to shut up. I mean, who goes out of their way to be mean to a complete stranger based on what band t-shirt they are wearing. What a worthless person. So anyway, I was so mad, I kept complaining to my friends about wanting to go back and spit on her. But I didn't, but I made the decision, based on how stupid that girl was, that I would e-mail DOFH when I got back to Mankato and offer to do a 7" for them. And so I did, but Rusty said they were looking for a label to do a full-length and the rest is history, I guess. I'm actually glad that girl was mean to me based on my DOFH shirt, cause the DOFH kids are all super awesome and it gave me the motivation to put something out for them.

Pressing Info:
1000 copies

out of print


HeartattaCk #38:
"Dispensing Of False Halos play hardcore with screaming vocals. Thios CD has enough different tempos and textures to make a totally involving listen. Lyrics are introspective and personal. A quiet beginning, which then builds, going streight into a power driving riff, and then back down again. Kind of difficult to sit still playing this one. Nice."- John Gradowski

Punk Planet #58:
"I was all prepared to give these guys a decent review. Their style stands as average midtempo screamo with lyrics ranging from angry to whiny. There is nothing that really sticks out about them, but they are far from being a shitty band. That was at least until I heard the downright offensive attempt at hip-hop on the hidden track. "515, that's how we're livin', 515, yeah we representin'" is the chorus - and everyone who was involved in the production of this horrendous creation should be beat down in the 515." (reviewer highlight)
- Tim Kuehl

"DOFH coming out of Iowa, USA, release their first full length to date, through Init Records. The band play intelligent yet abrasive metallic hardcore with inspirational dynamics. DOFH are unlike a lot of the current breed of US hardcore, due to not sticking to the rule book, they push the borders of their sound, and propel themselves forwards because of this. The band put together a switching sound of inspirational atmospheric brilliance straight into off the card hardcore brutality. 'All It Would Take' is a perfect example, changing from an audio 'dark' to an audio 'light' as such; the change of mood is excellently pulled off. DOFH are certainly a band that work hard, and go full throttle on their sound. The band brings many sounds and elements to add into the superb atmosphere. The experience of this interesting mix is not too unlike being taken on an audio journey, with aggressive parts and melancholy scapes that are stunning. 'Detesting Your Lies' shows DOFH in full aggressive mood, with the brutal screaming audio knocking you down a notch or two, showing the bandís pure power in the metallic hardcore stakes. The band certainly provides a certain edge that keeps your full attention, the sheer awesome hooks on guitar playing a big part in it. Melody is certainly not something this band is afraid to explore, they quite easily blend beautiful harmonic parts and twist them into 'take no prisoners' type audio poundings. 'Teeth On Asphalt' finishes the album in splendid form, building with melodic backings though with troubled, dark and brutal vocals before unleashing the full intensity and dispersing out with melody. DOFH certainly show their intelligence with this release with their sound transforming and evolving as you listen further, there is certainly space for a band of this calibre in a scene swamped with 'clone' bands. This band has the intelligent edge that will inspire people and really with the skill they have, it's all they need."- Richard Greenaway

Slug And Lettuce #77:
"In the screamo vein with an overall heaviness and pummeling bass drums and thick distorted guitars. Sometimes this leans in a death metal direction. Sometimes it's more emo feeling when they mello things out with the lighter melodies woven in. The screamed vocals never relent but sometimes have a more screamed over the guitar angsty quality. Inevitably they pick it up again and crank it to the max with a distorted assault and continue alternating styles from bvrutal to quiet and still brutal."- Chris

Maximum Rock N Roll #248:
"Let's hear it for some new school hardcore from Iowa. This CD is my first introduction to Dispensing Of False Halos, and I would have to conclude that it isn't bad. Musically they thread the line through hardcore, metal, and emo. One moment they will be playing a quiet rhythmic instrumental and then they explode into a rush of jerking drums and pained thrashing screams. Lots of metal-fueled surging rhythms and choppy tempo changes...you know the deal. For kids growing up on a steady diet of everything from Botch to Poison The Well."- Rob Coons

8 And Counting:
"finally, Des Moine's best release a full length. Signed to Init Records, the band put together nine songs of heavy, heartfelt hardcore. Some call it screamo. Some people, like myself, just call it AWESOME. I liked the cd a lot, but felt that some of the songs weren't as strong as the songs they put on their four song tour cd (now a seven inch on Init). Some songs start out slower and then go into faster, crazier hardcore ala Love Lost But Not Forgotten but with melody in place of the insanity LLBNF go for..."Here's A Noose" and "Choking Back Your Future Regrets" (the latter of which was also on their first demo) are my favorite tracks by far. Buy this cd, but definitely check out their old demo or their seven inch on Init. A split seven inch with Calling Gina Clark (from Germany) should be out soon, and the songs on that record blow the full length out of the water"- BJ

Scene Point Blank:
"So comrade, this elderly man walks into a bar and asks the bartender, "Where can I find the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated?" Then out of fucking left field, sometimes inadvertently perceived as right, Dispensing Of False Halos busts through the adjacent wall and tears that geezer a new blowhole. Now, what exactly instigated this odd situation and, better yet, who framed Roger Rabbit? First, we must start with the basics: DOFH is a metal band that is heavily influenced by emo violence (essentially pretty music with screechy vocals). This semi-nude outfit's roots lie in obscure 90's screamo bands like In Loving Memory and Eclipse Of Eden. The old man that looked so goddamn innocent in 1999, cast a level 3-doom spell on the members of these groups. The only way this magic could be disrupted is with a completely new band of four total strangers combining all their powers. Realizing that their pussy emo music wouldnít be powerful enough to overthrow such a mad man, they threw their metal signs into the air and adopted the black mage lifestyle. In the process of this evolution, certain key features were brought over, allowing a new breed of rock to flourish. The vocals are still high, but not screechy, they are reminiscent of Jacob Bannon between his screams and deranged singing, with a little more oomph. Although the vocals are flat in the sense that they don't change often, where they lay is on solid ground. And of course behind the demon that is a frontman, ride four horsemen, armed with axes, batons, and ready to fuck shit up. The manner in which they do this switches between darker melodic metal riffs and prettier twinklier parts that are usually overshadowed by mob screams. I'm sure the bassist is great, but due to the recording, I have trouble hearing it a lot of the times, which is always a big negative in my eyes, metal bands seem to have a problem with this a lot. And Whilst the drums are on, they sound really lazy at times, which could be influenced by the video I saw of this band where drummer boy was sticking the drum stick up his nostrils in hopes of finding some rare elixir. All that remains is you fine soldier! The fan. Listen up and loosen up those panty hose. I think the problem with this for most people is that it's too metal and harsh for emo kids, but too clean and pretty at times for metal kids. For those kids that donít fit into one category, "With Prayers and A Scalpel" is a musical endeavor worth chancing. Oh yes, and for the conclusion to the pointless story that attempted to hook you in and bind a shitty review together! The senior citizen who mistakely walked into the precisely planned death trap was robbed of life and sent to hell where he bathed in blood of twenty three denizens raping one another. The band was freed of their curse and still continues to play and tour to this day, as the secret track hints at, as a rap group reppin' the 515." - Zed