Dead Man In Reno
Dead Man In Reno


3.5
great

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
November 13th, 2007 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Great ideas weighed down by repetitive breakdowns.

The current wave of metalcore is really being beaten into a pulp. I’m sure everyone here has heard their fair share of chug-a-chug breakdowns in recent years and probably enough to last for a lifetime. And yet the current wave of metal rages on and honestly it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast. Dead Man in Reno is right in the middle of this, but seems to be showing some definite potential and impresses me more than most of their peers.

The band’s self titled debut is definitely worthy of a few genre arguments. There’s metalcore throughout, but I can definitely see elements of melodic death metal and post-hardcore being thrown in on multiple occasions. I couldn’t help but think of Dark Tranquillity’s Fiction when I heard some of the riffs, and not a second later a breakdown will be thrown at you in the same vein as a band like The Bled. Such is the way with metalcore, but the riffs are definitely the stronger point on the album. The best combination of the two is probably the end of “From Here I Can See the Shore” in which an incredibly beautiful guitar lead is placed over the bands typical down-tuned brutality. They really got it right on that song.

Dead Man in Reno really is onto something here. The intro to the album “To Attain Everything” clearly shows that the band’s guitarists are certainly competent and can play some impressive and catchy leads. The clean breaks in “Given a Season of Sun”, “Goodbye Tomorrow, Hello Dead Letters” and the band’s longest song “Cursed” are certainly a breath of fresh air and are among the strongest parts in the album. The clean vocals in “Cursed” are also surprisingly good and much better than most other bands in the genre. Each band member is on top of their game skill-wise.

It just always seems to go back to those breakdowns, doesn’t it? It’s certainly something you can’t ignore on this album because there’s just so many of them. A well timed breakdown can really make a song so much stronger and really showcase the band’s aggression and overall message. This, sadly, isn’t the case with this album. Don’t get me wrong, some of the breaks in here are pretty awesome and are necessary to the song, but plenty of them strike me as annoying filler. It’s just a gap between riffs at certain points and they don’t seem to take the song anywhere. Dead Man in Reno certainly beat a dead horse on here, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for writing so many other pleasing parts.

Dead Man in Reno surprised the hell out of me with this album. I went in expecting another As I Lay Dying clone and got so much more. The album contains so much more…from swift melo-death riffs to ear catching acoustic sections to soaring clean vocals to brutal screams. There’s something in here for almost everyone if you’re willing to hear a drop-b tuned guitar have a chug-fest that would put Unearth to shame.

Thor’s Top 3:
From Here I Can See the Shore
Cursed
Even In My Dreams

Final Rating: 3.3/5



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album.

Willie
Moderator
November 14th 2007


16147 Comments


To me Metalcore has so much potential, but most bands never seem to be as good as the sum of their influences... this sounds like another one of them.

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Meatplow
November 14th 2007


5524 Comments


Not too big on Metalcore i'm afraid, but my tastes could change if i actually listened to it more. Nice review.

ohcleverhansyou
November 14th 2007


885 Comments


I've recently started listening to some metalcore, but it's confusing since no one owns
up to being a metalcore band. Aside from Killswitch...I think...This Message Edited On 11.14.07

Thor
November 14th 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bumpity bump

This review didn't get any comments.

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south_of_heaven 11
November 14th 2007


5438 Comments


Man, I really don't like metalcore at all

There’s something in here for almost everyone if you’re willing to hear a drop-b tuned guitar have a chug-fest that would put Unearth to shame.

You really had to force yourself to say that against your beloved Unearth! :lol:
Btw, I hate breakdowns kinda so this would be horrible for me.

Wizard
November 14th 2007


19641 Comments


Good review Thor. I'm really getting tired of metalcore, but this sounds descent enough to check out.

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Tyler
Emeritus
November 15th 2007


7926 Comments


Btw, I hate breakdowns kinda so this would be horrible for me.

Says the Slayer fan, without a trace of sarcasm to be found.

i am the robots
November 19th 2007


1027 Comments


I was planning on reviewing this.
One of my favorite albums, ever.

LIKE I SAID, "THE SKY IS FALLING."
TO FORM A PUZZLE IN PIECES,
FROM THE CLOUDS.
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i am the robots
November 19th 2007


1027 Comments


My top three would be Goodbye Tomorrow, Cursed, and The Devil Made Him Do It.

Thor
November 19th 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cursed is a pretty sweet song dude. I'd love to see you review this.

i am the robots
November 20th 2007


1027 Comments


I'm gonna eventually. Have you heard their new stuff at all?

They've gone all deathcore now. :/

Still good though.

DWittisarockstar
March 22nd 2008


1501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is good. She's Tugging on my Heartstrings is my favorite.

botb
December 24th 2008


9776 Comments


been listening to this so much recently. so brutal.

AbyssalCreation
December 27th 2008


2044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Such a phenomenal debut.The demo tracks show promise and maturity.I prefer this album alot more though.

Does anyone know what happened to this band they were going to a full length this year, but they didn't.Also according to their myspace no one has logged on since September.

I sure hope they didn't break up.

Thor
December 28th 2008


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not that great but yeah more people on this site should probably check it out

PureBlueSF
December 28th 2008


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is probably one of the only good things to ever come out of Alabama.



Thor
October 23rd 2010


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

forgot how unbelievably fun the first two songs are

AbyssalCreation
October 23rd 2010


2044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album still rules.

accompliceofmydeath
November 10th 2010


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I must be missing something here.

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