In Every Breath
Distrust


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 17th, 2008 | 66 replies | 8,585 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Epic sounding Metal/Alternative with an awesome drummer and powerful vocalist.

There’s a small band out of San Diego, California that I’m sure almost none of you have heard of, but I’m willing to bet that in a short time that will have changed. Having had the opportunity to see these guys live as well as hear their previous three-song demo, I can safely say that they are one of the most promising up-and-comers that I’ve heard in a while. To put their music in the most shallow and blatant terms, I’d describe them as a cross between The Used circa their debut album and the newest stuff by Fair to Midland (with slightly more emphasis on the former). The music is semi-progressive, yet heavy and forceful, and despite the three to five minute lengths of the songs they also have an epic feel to them in no small part due to the unique abilities of their vocalist.

The vocalist on this album reminds me a lot of the guy from Fair to Midland. The similarity doesn’t come in vocal tone as much as it comes from his ability to hit the higher notes without sounding like he fell out of the 80’s, as well as his melodies which help create much of the epic atmosphere associated with these six songs. His vocal range and melodies are also the reason that there is such a proficient conveyance of emotion throughout this album; from anger and despair to confusion and even hope. Unfortunately, much like FTM, these same vocals are going to be the love-or-hate point for a lot of people due to their uniqueness, their tendency to hit the higher notes more often then some may like, and his regular use of screams. If given the chance to really sink in, though, most should realize that without them the songs would feel a lot more sterile and conventional.

Although I’ve spent my time speaking of the vocalist, it must be mentioned that the other members are no slouches either. From the opening song to the closing moments of the album one cannot help but be impressed with their rhythm section, especially the drummer. The inventive rhythms and awesome use of double bass give these songs an aggressive edge that never allows them to feel soft, regardless of how mellow they are at the time. In a live situation the bass player is definitely their front man, looking more like he’d rather jump off stage and beat you with his instrument then stand up there and play it for you. With that in mind, it’s unfortunate that the bass isn’t as audible as I would like, but when it is, it’s obvious that he isn’t content to just mimic the guitar player’s parts.

The guitar playing is actually the most conventional part of the band, but that doesn’t mean that it is boring or predictable. He is versatile enough to incorporate various styles of playing, from chugging power chords to alternative-style riffs to clean melodic sections and they all blend seamlessly. In addition to those elements he is also capable of including a surprise or two such as the shoegaze influence in the processed guitar sound of “Stigma” or in his solo on my favorite track, “Shards”. “Shards” is a slow-builder that features some great percussion that becomes more intense as the song builds. The vocals are some of the most emotional on the album, and the guitar player lays down rhythmic power chords, clean melodic playing, harmonic sections, and the previously mentioned guitar solo with the entire thing climaxing at the very end of the song.

Considering the skill in which they incorporate metal, alternative and subtle prog influences into conventional song lengths and still manage to sound epic and expertly convey emotion, I could easily give this a five and be completely ok with it, but I’ve chosen to keep the rating at a four due to the short length of the album which closes out much too early for me. Another reason I’m keeping this at four is because I see better things in their future and don’t want to oversell this to those who may be loosely interested at this point, only to possibly feel disappointed if it’s not everything a five might imply. Despite my decision to keep this at a four, it must be reiterated that this album is very good, featuring a combination of crunchy riffs, clean melodies, awesome percussion, and powerful vocals all loosely wrapped up in a progressive-influenced package.



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Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Song Samples:

www.ineverybreath.com/ (This one also has three songs available for download,
although I'm not sure if they're the album versions or demo versions)

www.myspace.com/ineverybreathmusicThis Message Edited On 04.09.08

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

rasputin
April 9th 2008



14504 Comments


Cool review. Worth checking out?
PS. I got Fables from a Mayfly, and so far it's excellent.

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah, I'm glad you're digging the Fair to Midland stuff...
I definitely think these guys are worth checking out... if you download the three song demo on their page just keep in mind it's a demo and the sound isn't as good as on this album (and the songs are slightly less developed).

BallsToTheWall
April 9th 2008



44164 Comments


Good review Willie, I agree that the guys sounds like a bit like the dude from Fair To Midland. The singer for some reason reminds me of Keith Caputo from Life Of Agony. Not sure i'll buy this but sounds decent enough so far to burn it.This Message Edited On 04.09.08

rasputin
April 9th 2008



14504 Comments


Ok, I'll have to do it later though, I've still got about 5 albums I need to listen to first :P And yeah, the fair to midland album is amazing. Easily a 4, and could very easily go up.

Wizard
April 9th 2008



18773 Comments


Really enjoyed how this review flowed Willie! Nice job once again. How aren't you a staff member yet? Nomination!

The instruments sound like they would please me but the comparison between The Used and these guys was a little offputting (I've never heard Fair to Midland though). I will give these a go when I get home from school!

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

IAmInsect
April 9th 2008



3800 Comments


Nice work man. This sounds good.
Also

I've never heard Fair to Midland though
F**king change that!

Wizard
April 9th 2008



18773 Comments


Hahahahaha I will get right on that tonight sir!

Willie
Moderator
April 9th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

F**king change that!
Yes, you definitely need to change that cause
Fair to Midland are awesome... and when I mention The Used, if the first thing you
think of is poppy whining then you're not thinking of the elements that I was...
I'm thinking the ability to go from soft to loud without sounding out of place and
to be able to incorporate the screams into something that is still pretty listener
friendly.

Edit: Oh, and if you check out their Myspace, the last three songs are the best, too
bad two of them are only samples and don't represent the songs totally... my
suggestion, check out the two sample songs on Myspace and then go to their real
web page and listen to the three songs on the player, which are the demo versions
but you still get a good idea, the album just has better sound... (both links are in
my first comment)This Message Edited On 04.09.08

Wizard
April 9th 2008



18773 Comments


Ah I see where you stand now Willie. The Used are awful to these ears. I see that alot of people drool over Fair to Midland on this site so I will check them out along with these guys.

Wizard
April 10th 2008



18773 Comments


I checked these guys out last night. Not bad but nothing I could absorb all in one sitting (maybe a song here or there).

I liked them better than Fair to Midland. I really didn't enjoy their stuff that much. Ok for the first spin, but the second time was a drag. Sorry to upset anyone hahaha. I checked out Mayfly and thats it. Is there old stuff better or is that their debut?

Willie
Moderator
April 10th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I checked these guys out last night. Not bad but nothing I could absorb all in one sitting (maybe a song here or there).
This band's songs can get in your head if you listen to them more then a few times, but everyone has their own tastes.
I checked out Mayfly and thats it. Is there old stuff better or is that their debut?
It is their major label full length debut, but not their debut album in general... they have two before this one that are heavier and a bit more raw, but also much more under developed then Fables...

Wizard
April 10th 2008



18773 Comments


I was looking this album up and I noticed they worked with David Botrill (who has worked very closely with one of my favourite bands, Tool, in the past). His work has always been solid and I think for that fact alone, I will give FtM another chance. And I will give these guys another chance at well. I tend to not pick up everything upon first listen!

Willie
Moderator
April 10th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will give FtM another chance. And I will give these guys another chance at well.
I think that's a good idea cause they're both good... but this could be like the doom thing, you just may never like it.

Wizard
April 10th 2008



18773 Comments


Actually about the Doom metal, I'm really enjoying the new Paradise Lost album and I'm planning on getting some My Dying Bride when I have the time. Both of those bands are amazing. All thanks to your reviews and posts hahaha.

Willie
Moderator
October 1st 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Wizard: will give FtM another chance. And I will give these guys another chance at well. I tend to not pick up everything upon first listen!
So did you give these guys or Fair to Midland another chance? You're missing out. Fireaboveicebelow finally checked these guys out and liked them.

willfellmarsy
December 16th 2008



3844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stuff is excellent...i will get this in the near future...This Message Edited On 12.24.08

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If this wasn't an EP it would have probably ended up my number one. I've easily listened to this more than anything else this year.

jrowa001
December 17th 2008



8749 Comments


thanks for telling me about this. its relly good. ill be listening to it again tonight

fireaboveicebelow
December 17th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya know now that The Used is dead, I can turn to these guys. I'm buying this as soon as I get out of debt



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