Belay My Last
The Downfall


3.0
good

Review

by Brandon Burton USER (19 Reviews)
January 29th, 2008 | 48 replies | 12,650 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Belay My Last are a new band on a small label out to gain some major respect.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Technical death metal can be described as…well technical, odd sounding time signatures and riffs that require an ‘outside the box’ beat to go along with them. Bands like Necrophagist, Beneath the Massacre, and The Faceless try to bring something new to the tech metal table. Now the thing I’ve realized with technical death metal is that it is either a hit or miss. Either an album will come along and just blow people away (i.e. The Faceless.) Or other albums just find themselves coming up short sometimes (i.e. Beneath the Massacre.) Now the newest member to the tech metal family is Belay My Last, now I can guarantee that there are not many people outside of MySpace that has heard of this band. But one thing this album does do is provide a fun listening experience throughout. Blast beats, varied vocals, interesting guitar lines and some pretty decent bass playing (when you can hear it.) Altogether this album sounds pretty good. But it is not without its faults.

The one thing that exists in any genre of music, especially when you’re listening to a bands/artists album is mediocrity. Every listener wants to listen to an album and have a different experience through each song on the record to create an overall effect that the album will have upon the listener. Belay My Last among other artists suffer from the lack of originality from song to song on some albums. Some songs blend together and sound scarily similar to other songs on the record. Also some of the songs seem like they may be intended as filler. Although I personally feel that they did a good job on just about every song on this record, I can see where people might think some songs are filler. Also one thing that may not appeal to a lot of people is the vocals. His vocals are a mix of the now typical death metal low and a sort of grunt that can only be described as unique. But altogether I think the vocals fit the music that they play very well.

The guitars and bass on this album are very tight. They succeed in pulling of a sound that sounds new and refreshing. They play riffs and lines that are technical in their own right but they don’t over-indulge the listener with riffs that have completely weird timed parts and groove sections that don’t have much groove to them. Belay My Last succeed in showing off their skills without making the songs hard to listen to. The other thing that plagues death metal albums is a lot of albums contain songs that sound very similar to another one, either on the same album or from someone else. Surprisingly they succeed in creating an album full of songs that hold their own and maintain a different sound throughout all of them. There are not too many songs on this album that sound similar to another one, which is very refreshing to hear coming from a new group such as this. Now where they succeed in making each song sound different, they fail in making some of them a memorable listen bringing into context the dreaded ‘filler’ tracks. Now as I said above I (personally) think they did a good job at making some pretty good songs, but I can see where someone might find a certain song a ‘boring’ listen.

One thing I have yet to mention is the drumming on the album. These days an album must have a phenomenal drummer, with bars constantly being raised, you just can’t have a lazy drummer. Drums, (especially in a tech metal release) must be precise and on the button 100% of the time or it comes off sounding weird or just altogether ruining the listening experience. Ilai "lil' Loo" handles the drumming on this record and he does a good job at keeping up with the pace of the record and comes up with some interesting patterns. But he doesn’t do anything that is going to make your jaw drop or rewind the album to hear it again, so having said that, in my opinion the drumming actually works against the album. Having the two guitarists try and come up with interesting riffs and time signatures, then having a drummer who just ‘gets the job done’ doesn’t go well together in any sense of the phrase. I feel that the drumming nowadays needs to be above average to make the listener really feel like the band is trying to make something that is altogether pushing the boundaries of their playing abilities.

In conclusion this album is good, not great but good. It has some awesome guitar structures and riffage, but at the end of the day, it’s an album that isn’t going to blow your mind. It is very refreshing to hear a band try and make their ‘own’ sound from an already oversaturated genre and I feel that they do succeed in that sense. But where they succeed in that area they don’t in creating a cohesive listening experience that is going to make this album more than an album you put in, every once and a while.



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combustion07
January 29th 2008



5343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, I might check this out, I can't get enough tech death metal.

NeverFading14
January 29th 2008



380 Comments


I thought this was a great cd, very catchy riffs. I'd have given it a 4/5.

Pebster49
January 29th 2008



2991 Comments


This is good, I got downloaded this like a week ago...I thought it was more Death Metal/Metalcore....

beans
January 29th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought it had more of a tech feel to it, but yes it does have a metalcore feel as well

HoudiniLogic
January 29th 2008



19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes they arent to bad there just like Born of Osiris, the band I just reviewed. This album isn't to bad, good review

beans
January 29th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

without the keys

HoudiniLogic
January 29th 2008



19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes without the keys

asdemonsburn
January 29th 2008



793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

totally agree with this review in pretty much every way.

Especially the first paragraph.

This band does have potential, they just need to be more consistent.

Pebster49
January 30th 2008



2991 Comments


Its got some interesting riffs, Ill probabally give this a 3, once I listen to this a few more times...I thought Born of Osiris is more enjoyable with the nice touch of the keys.

beans
January 30th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i liked born of osiris but the album was way to damn short!


asdemonsburn
January 30th 2008



793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^ agree w/ the last two posts

Lostandfound2
March 7th 2008



271 Comments


Hmmmmmm... just downloaded this and its good but a little sloppy

Bencore
March 8th 2008



8 Comments


Very good review but i think the grunt that your refering to is just his version of hardcore vocals because to me his grunt reminds me of rick ta life's vox

rasputin
March 8th 2008



14538 Comments


review is noice noice, band doesn't seem too interesting.

beans
March 8th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you should give them a chance, they suprised me a bit

thanks though

combustion07
March 10th 2008



5343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is better than I thought it would be.

beans
March 10th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thats what i thought, the vox get old by the end of the album i found out
its really the only thing that holds this back from being a 4 for meThis Message Edited On 03.10.08

combustion07
March 10th 2008



5343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Same here

beans
March 10th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i wish more people would listen to this :/

combustion07
March 10th 2008



5343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't believe this band hasn't gotten popular yet.



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