Blessthefall
His Last Walk


3.0
good

Review

by Undead USER (4 Reviews)
April 14th, 2007 | 168 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blessthefall’s growth in popularity is questionable, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t any good. The first few tracks are good, the rest is major filler.

To start off, this is a post/hardcore band. If it were screamo the album would not have come out the way it did. That being said, it is an OK post/hardcore band. Blessthefall has plenty of growth and development ahead of them, most notably with trying to be different, rather than trying to fit in.

His Last Walk is Blessthefall's first full album recording. The band is signed with Science Records. For the longest time their CD was only available on some websites, but it was finally released to Hot Topic on April 10th. The band formed in Phoenix in January of 2004; as such I am quite impressed by their ability to create a respectable album that’s already being sold in stores. Blessthefall have done alright with finding their own sound and bringing it out throughout the album. The mixing and general production on His Last Walk is done sub-par, but its not too bad.

Band members (at the time)
Craig- Vocals
Mike- Lead Guitar
Matt- Drums
Eric-Lead Guitar
Jared- Bass

The following are my interpretations on how the different instruments and vocals fell together in the album.

Vocals
Craig Mabbit is an overrated musician in the post-hardcore world at best, but he can still sing. He gives a respectable tone for the music and sets the overall feeling for the album. His voice is proof that a lot of bands in Blessthefall’s genre get their distinct sound from the singer. As much as this bugs me, I still love the sound, and have developed an attachment to it. Screaming is frequent in this album as well, from both Craig and Jared. The screams sound great, but it's obvious the recording engineer used a distortion plugin for mixing the screaming parts.

Guitar
Plenty of two note octave chords, hammer ons, and pull offs. Mike and Eric got pretty creative with the melodies, despite the overplayed genre they are stuck in. In essence they did well with creative musical riffs that go along with the vocals. Some of the melodies are down right difficult to play, as they are all over the fret board, while others are really simple and are used in songs no one will listen too.


Bass
The bass player jared plays essentially the same rhythms as the bass drum. The notes throughout the album are either the same as the vocals or the guitar, or go along with the music harmonically. The harmonic notes greatly help the structure of the sound the band is trying to get out. It’s mixed in with the rest of the music correctly, not too loud or soft.


Drums
The drums in His Last Walk sound great. Matt keeps good time with his feet, with pretty clean rhythms. His hands are a little dirty, but it is not too noticeable. Sometimes the rhythms Matt plays are exactly in sync with the guitars, like in any breakdowns (which are frequent), but through most of every song he plays his own parts.


As with most music in this genre, these tracks will sound very similar. If you happen to purchase this album you will soon find out that you will probably only listen to maybe half of the songs, ever. It all depends on how much you like the genre. I have no particular favorite song; but highlights of the album are most notably tracks 1,2,3,4,5,11, and 12.

On a side note, Track 12, the acoustic version of “Rise Up” is actually quite a beautiful rendition of the initial version. It has beautiful acoustic guitar parts with clean singing and harmonics.

Blessthefall’s growth in popularity is questionable, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t any good. Blessthefall delivered a semi-solid album that will allow them for plenty of redemption for their sophmore album.


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Abaddon2005
April 15th 2007


684 Comments


Good review but you could've talked a little bit more about the music. As for the music, somehow I doubt this is as good as you suggest. Keep writing!This Message Edited On 04.15.07This Message Edited On 04.15.07

jrowa001
April 15th 2007


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its not as good as he suggests. he should of mentioned that they are similar to Alesana who arent that good. i cant see any big similarities to either underoath or senses fail. these guys arent horrible but i dont hear anything that separates them from the rest of the crop. i can say that the clean vocals are pretty decent. oh yeah i dont hear any As I Lay Dying in their music, maybe the double bass on the drums but thats it

Undead
April 15th 2007


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i don't remember comparing their sound to Senses Fail, but still I get where you're coming from. Underoath is pretty much one of the first bands to create the alternating between singing and screaming, which A LOT of new bands take from. The band itself says they're influenced by Underoath, so, I'll take their word for it. As for As I Lay Dying, many of the guitar riffs take on after As I Lay Dying. Just compare the two and they sound similar. Whether this is good or not doesn't really apply, it just matters what they do with that sound.

fatkidinthecornr
April 16th 2007


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is by far one of the greatest in the screamo genre, the cd is incredible. every song is great, no matter how many times i listen to this cd it gets beter every time.

jrowa001
April 16th 2007


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

to undead: i see what youre saying, i misread what you wrote. after listening to this a couple more times, i see a few influences by underoath. the AILD reference is still iffy for me, cuz a lot of screamo bands use the same riff style and AILD are much heavier. i understand what youre going for though.

Undead
April 16th 2007


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You may be right about AILD. I actually don't even like that band. I listened to AILD for the first time in like3 months, but they do have a slightly different sound. Iffy is a good word. I'll agree with you there. Its hard for me to compare BTF to a lot of other screamo bands, becuase I don't listen/like many others. I listen to underOATH, The Used, and Saosin mostly for bands of this genre. Trust me, I've heard all of the bands, I just don't like very many of them. Blessthefall is one band I obviously like a lot; as much as Opeth actually- which is saying something.



For anyone who cares, I started to like Blessthefall when I saw them in concert last month in Tempe, Phoenix. They are sick live.

jrowa001
May 14th 2007


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so actually ive been listening to this lately and its not as bad as it once was

ThroughStruggle
May 20th 2007


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think it's the clean vocals that set it apart from other screamo bands, they are amazing and the screams are rather good as well

mothersound
June 19th 2007


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It grows on you. And they have become my favourite band.



And yes, they do sound a little bit like Alesana. xD

Undead
July 5th 2007


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you haven't already, check out A Skylit Drive. If you like Blessthefall you would love them. But Blessthefall really did grow on me. Can't wait to see them at warped tour.This Message Edited On 07.16.07

AndrewRocksSox
August 7th 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How has no one even mentioned the orgasmic offering from blessthefall titled Message to the Unknown?!?! I want to touch myself listening to that song, it gives me goosebumps. "Guys Like You" is one of those songs that with a proper sound system just sounds amazing with the double bass. Personally, I can't think of the names of anything past track 6 or 7, literally everything before that is so good I don't bother to go any further haha.



Standout Tracks:

Could Tell a Love

Message to the Unknown

Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad

Rise Up

Higina

LifeInABox
August 7th 2007


3709 Comments


This band is obnoxious.

aless
August 11th 2007


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

blessthefall owns. this is a great album

cbmartinez
August 12th 2007


2525 Comments


This is not screamo man, do some research before you throw that term around.

kalkal50
August 12th 2007


2386 Comments


Eh. Yes it is.

cbmartinez
August 12th 2007


2525 Comments


Wow, a contributing reviewer and you're still ignorant. Go to the Hardcore/Emo forum to find out what real emo and screamo is man.

Undead
August 21st 2007


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok , I will say up front that you can not say that this band is IN FACT not screamo. Perhaps to you it is not screamo, but post hardcore or whatever you want to call it. In reality it doesn't matter if you think this is screamo, or post-hardcore, or metalcore. Everyone is going to have a different opinion about it, because they are too closely linked for someone to point out that they are only a single genre. It is my opinion that they are screamo. I will also add that Blessthefall says they are screamo. So I will throw that term around all I want, all knowing contributing reviewer.

This Message Edited On 08.21.07

cbmartinez
August 21st 2007


2525 Comments


No, that's not it. Screamo, an offshoot of emo (emotional hardcore, the real genre), has a very distinct sound.

http://www.fourfa.com

please educate yourself

Undead
August 22nd 2007


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Apparently you did not read a single word of my last comment. First off, explain to what you think Blessthefall really is, and why it does not fall anywhere near screamo. Also, this website says,

"Screamo - I mentioned this under the "emo" section, however in recent years some bands have sort of re-integrated some diverse emo influences. With the band Saetia, for instance, you'll hear heavy fast screamed hardcore parts, with abrupt starts and stops and guitar focus more from the classic emo side, and quiet, twinkly melodic parts in between. "Screamo" has become sort of a catchall modern category for all of this for the few new bands playing this style, often used by younger fans who weren't around when the screaming vocal thing was new and unique."

To you, Blessthefall does not apply to this at all. Why? They think it does, after all. Please take that into consideration. What is this "distinct sound" you speak of? have you listened any of Blessthefalls music? and I really mean LISTENED to it. On a final note, if you need to educate yourself from some website that defines what Emo, or Screamo, is without learning from your own experiances, you are a moron.

cbmartinez
August 22nd 2007


2525 Comments


No, you are a fucking moron. Go to the Hardcore/Emo forum and ask anyone, they well tell you the same thing and recommend you the same site. I do this approach with everyone when they act like a pompous asshole. At first, I let it slide because I was just as ignorant at you. I defended my belief that bands like Thursday were screamo with a passion. Then, I swallowed my pride and realized that emo was a genre before bands like Something Corporate and Hawthorne Heights came around. It's a false label, permeated by things like Rolling Stone and MTV. But now, you're being ignorant as hell.

Emo is short for emotional hardcore, a genre invented by bands like Rites Of Spring, Embrace, and Fugazi. Listen to the samples given on that site. They are nothing like anything you list as emo. Screamo is a more modern offshoot of the genre, characterized by extremely chaotic music matched with a strong sense of emotion.

As far as Blessthefall, they just sound like one of those generic metalcore mixed with a brand of pop-punk like Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, or Atreyu. And I know you're gonna say, "wtf they don't sound like pop-punk. Pop-punk is like The Starting Line." But I don't mean it the traditional sense of pop-punk. But honestly, if you listen to bands like Hawthorne Heights, their music is characterized by catchy melodies during the chorus and usually supported by pseudo-breakdowns and kind of heavy riffing, hence the mix of metalcore and pop-punk. And that's why it sells so well. Heavy music that can appeal to teenagers along with catchy melodies that will attract fans of catchy music in general.

http://www.myspace.com/amperepunx

There is a modern example of screamo. It's evolved very much since the early days of emotional hardcore. It's more influenced by post-hardcore now but still essentially screamo. I just ask you to go into this with an open mind.



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