From A Second Story Window
Delenda


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jewish Dickgirl USER (17 Reviews)
January 25th, 2008 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not At The Gates, it's not Botch, it's From A Second Story Window!

From A Second Story Window has been a pretty interesting band since their inception, somewhat death metal, somewhat ambient, somewhat metalcore, and all around amazing. Brilliant live performers, interesting songwriters, potheads, and party-goers, FASSW are the type of dudes who will get off stage and just chill with the fans for a little after a set.

Delenda opens with an intro of soft chimes leading into a haunting piano melody to build into something... completely out there.

Soft Green Fields starts out as everything that's wrong with but entertaining about "grind" influenced deathcore, lots of dissonant guitarwork and slowdown breakdowns, but transitioning into soothing atmospheric portions to tech-metal portions ridden with INTERESTING chugs and sweeps. You honestly can't follow where a song's gonna go, but that's kind of what makes the album so good. You never know if it's going to be annoying, intense, or beautiful, and NO AT THE GATES WORSHIP. The drumming on is incredibly tight, the drummer's more of a, "hmm what would fit well here," type guy, as apposed to a, "LOOK HOW FAST I CAN MOVE MY FEET," type of drummer you'll find in most modern metal acts. Vocally, the album is bizarre... very unique sounding mid-high rasps, some shrieks here and there, guttural growls, some unique sounding brees, and WHAT? Clean singing that sounds like Linkin Park?

Some of the most aurally appealing guitar parts I've heard in a while are in Dark Waters Of Thought and These Lights Above Us. And as a testament to improvement, the band's managed to incorporate a clean chorus here and there and even a ballad, without sounding like a metalcore Duran Duran as Killswitch Engage has become.

The only negative point to the album is that, after a few listens, you start to notice that even though they keep the song structures varied, FASSW hasn't come up with much new since their EP other than clean choruses. Luckily the album manages to be extremely catchy and still sticks to the bands unique style.

If you liked Not One Word Has Been Omitted, you should definitely check this album out, it's freaking fantastic.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BallsToTheWall
January 25th 2008


44373 Comments


About time someone reviewed this. Great album, good review.

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i am the robots
January 25th 2008


1027 Comments


I've been obsessed with this CD for so long lol.

Crimson
January 25th 2008


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I quite like this album, but find it hard to listen to in one sitting...

Pebster49
January 25th 2008


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good Review, Kinda short but ya...Not really a bad song on here, but not an amazing song either. Can't wait till they make a new one tho.

beans
January 25th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review, tis nice to be reminded you can write a short review and get the point across

great album, and you arent kidding when you say the vocals are unique.

rattlehead42147
January 25th 2008


1345 Comments


good review. I prefer shorter ones.

LifeInABox
January 25th 2008


3708 Comments


...fruitcake

i am the robots
January 26th 2008


1027 Comments


i'm'a touch u boi

Wizard
January 26th 2008


19403 Comments


It's not At The Gates, it's not Botch, it's From A Second Story Window!

I don't understand the relevance of this? Is it because you think people are going to make comparisons to these bands? Please clarify.
Other than that, nice and short and straight to the point! You pull these short reviews off well. Sounds interesting enough to listen to. This Message Edited On 01.26.08

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i am the robots
January 26th 2008


1027 Comments


I'm just commenting that everything in the metalcore and deathcore genres anymore sounds heavily like one of those two bands in like, all cases

SubtleDagger
January 26th 2008


737 Comments


Too bad FASSW sounds like neither of them

beans
January 26th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hence the summary at the top of the page

SubtleDagger
January 26th 2008


737 Comments


No I mean it's really too bad because those bands are good/awesome and FASSW sucks

beans
January 26th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they're not that bad

i am the robots
January 27th 2008


1027 Comments


omg burt this is post-mettle rite, it has ambient parts!!!!!!!!!!!!

edit: id easily take fassw to atg tbh, you have bad taste in mettle, etcThis Message Edited On 01.27.08

Confessed2005
January 27th 2008


3314 Comments


These guys are really good live. Their EP is pretty amazing. I have only heard a couple of songs from this though.

asdemonsburn
January 28th 2008


793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hmm, I shall check these guys out.

asdemonsburn
January 29th 2008


793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

got around to listening to them. wow, they own.

i am the robots
January 29th 2008


1027 Comments


These guys are really good live. Their EP is pretty amazing. I have only heard a couple of songs from this though.


Their singer is so nice too, he jumped off stage and gave me a hug at the end of their set when I saw them with Light This City and Through The Eyes... And yeah, amazing performance.

If you liked Not One Word Has Been Omitted, you'll like Delenda, the music's less original sounding, but it's more mature sounding, and the vocals sound so weird (in a good way)... the songs all sound pretty same-y, but it's still really solid.

BallsToTheWall
June 7th 2008


44373 Comments


People need to stop fellating over The Facless. These guys are where it's at. Solid album and the new one sounds great from the myspace tracks.



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