Review Summary: Packed with back-to-back melodic and dissonant-breakdown passages, This Runs Through's debut is a solid blend of Botch clone mentality and Southern Christcore.
This Runs Through's debut is definitely something out of an era of metalcore that spawned some of the best acts of the genre. Until Forever Finds Me
is a very ecclectic metalcore album with a very uplifting emotional feel to it. It's similar to a more melodic and less contrite version of Underoath's Define The Great Line
. Less poppy clean parts, less "noisy" sections, and more just ubeat melodic parts and Botch influenced breakdowns.
Chamberlain's screaming is extremely powerful and fits the music much better than it does Underoath. The voice mixes with the guitar to bring out a definite sense of depression but a feeling that grace can save. The lyrical content tells of a broken heart and the comforting hand of prayer and faith, and forgiveness for misdeeds. Through and through the band presents their faith in the music itself.
The guitarwork draws a varied amount of influences from a few styles of metal and hardcore, as opposed to just a tuffguy/thrash combo, or a tuffguy/melodic death combo. There's a good bit of Hopesfall and 7 Angels 7 Plagues styled melodies, as well as a good bit of Prayer For Cleansing-esque melodies, and a pretty ambient layering to the guitars; coupled with a fuzzy production that just adds more to the effect. Of course there's also some noisy breakdowns too. The rhythm section is nice and solid, the bass stays steady, and the drumming is busy when necessary.
The only real issue with the album is how young the band was. It's varied, but the variation seems to be of stuff that's already been done. It's well done, but the band didn't quite portray their personal vision that well at this age, the last two songs they recorded [released on a Facedown Records compilation] were much more mature and original sounding.
Great vocal range.
Great contrast of melodic and noisy parts.
A bit generic.
Dude, review that Architects album with the long name too. Am I right in saying it has six tracks?
Digging: August Burns Red - Phantom Anthem
Wow I never knew these guys existed. Good review but after hearing a few tracks off of this I still think Define The Great Line is Spencer's highlight performance thus far.
Christcore..? tell me you're kidding
Album Rating: 3.5
Okay review. This is actually pretty good. Spencer is better on DtGL though, and that is saying something considering he was pretty not good on that album. Musically, this shit is pretty sick though.
What's with all the negs....I thought it was a pretty good review.
Short, my favorite. Pretty good too.
I pos. 4 negs doesn't seem fair.
We already have enough -core as it is...Christcore HAHAHAHA
Decent review. The negs were most likely a result of either the length or the people that do not like i am the robots.
We already have enough -core as it is...Christcore HAHAHAHA
I was saying Christcore in reference to CHRISTIAN HARDCORE, HOLY SHIT
I'm sick of reviewing shit and stupid little kids negging it because I proved them wrong. Grow the hell up, I put time into something, at least respect that.
[quote=Confessed2005]Dude, review that Architects album with the long name too. Am I right in saying it has six tracks?[/quote]
It's only three tracks long. :/This Message Edited On 11.08.07
Hey now, kids, Christians aren't exempt from temper tantrums and teen angst just because they're down with Jesus.
I'm a staunch Atheist, but if you're honestly going to dismiss music based on the religious background of the band members, you're no better than the Spanish Inquisition. Drop the hypocrisy, then hope your balls follow suit sometime in the next five years.
Lastly, realize that people put time into the reviews on this website. If you just got done painting a pretty little picture, would you want some big, mean bully to drop his pants and pee on it right in front of you? That's just not playground etiquette!
Good review, mappy, even though I've never heard it I have a pretty good idea of what to expect now.
Album Rating: 2.0
Good review man, I don't really like this band that much though.
Album Rating: 4.0
I have this EP, its great, good to see someone besides me has found its greatness to, I wish these guys would have at least made a full length, they could have done great things
I agree, but hey, the new Underoath has the same type of thing going for it.
I didn't neg this (if I did I would have left a reason), but I can see why some might not like it. It's not the length that would cause it... it's the lack of detail maybe, the most description we get is a direct comparison to an Underoath album... so if the reader hasn't heard it then they have no idea what it is except more metalcore.
Edit: And later descriptions are, again, direct comparisons to other bands. I don't even know if this vocalist screams or sings or both or what...This Message Edited On 11.09.07
Digging: Samael - Hegemony
Uh, he says quite a bit actually.
Less poppy clean parts, less "noisy" sections, and more just ubeat melodic parts and Botch influenced breakdowns.
The voice mixes with the guitar to bring out a definite sense of depression but a feeling that grace can save. The lyrical content tells of a broken heart and the comforting hand of prayer and faith, and forgiveness for misdeeds. Through and through the band presents their faith in the music itself.
The guitarwork draws a varied amount of influences from a few styles of metal and hardcore, as opposed to just a tuffguy/thrash combo, or a tuffguy/melodic death combo.
I could go on.
People are idiots, seriously. The point of a review is to basically outline the material, then to sell it or to say why it's not worth a purchase. Mappy says more than enough on the sound, and he also maps it to other bands and albums. You review within a genre going on the basis that people at least have a vague understanding of it. It's not his problem if you're completely ignorant.
With that said, people neg him because he likes admittedly lame music and actually knows what 'core is. He starts arguments over genres (melodeath vs metalcore being the typical) and he tends to win them. Being that the majority of the 'metal' users on this site are absolute tools, the negs come in full swing. This Message Edited On 11.09.07
And I argue with people when I'm board, so don't take it personally. :o
I was thinking people would expect screamed vocals from a metalcore band btw.This Message Edited On 11.09.07
Cocaine: I'm aware that arguing with you is pointless... I've seen it happen before and it goes nowhere...
Iamtherobots: I don't think I've ever argued with you so I'm not taking anything personally at all. I also have heard Underoath and understand the comparisons you're making, as well as knowing what to expect vocally from a metalcore band... I was just playing devils advocate and trying to figure out some reason why you'd get hit with so many negs (other then the conspiracy theory)... but you might be right for all I know, maybe they're just being pricks.This Message Edited On 11.09.07
More like whatever, alle ist gut.This Message Edited On 11.09.07
I wasn't trying to start an argument Willie. I first said how I felt Mappy said enough in the review, then I moved on to why he was negged (IMO).
My apologies then... it's 4am and I'm at work, and took that the wrong way.