Inhale Exhale
I Swear...


3.0
good

Review

by Steven McMahan USER (49 Reviews)
June 12th, 2008 | 44 replies | 77,445 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The metalcore band’s sophomore release is better than their first, but not by much.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

I’d be very willing to bet that most music fans haven’t heard of the band Inhale Exhale. Somewhat sad to say, that’s for a very good reason. Their previous debut, The Lost, The Sick, The Sacred, did nothing to distinguish them from the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of similar metalcore acts that have flooded the market in the last five years or so. The band promised that their next album would “darker, heavier” and even a little “progressive”. Personally, I hoped that the band might take some risks and progress from the last album. So, has the band progressed? Or are they still stuck in the mud of mediocrity?

Actually, the answer to both questions is a yes. There is a bit of improvement, but I Swear is still a metalcore album. The sad part is, besides noticeable improvement in John Larussa’s guitar playing ability and the appearance of singing from vocalist Ryland Raus, it’s extremely similar to their previous album. Every verse is screamed and most of the choruses are sung. Since both their previous drummer (who sang) and bassist left, vocalist Ryland Raus is left to handle vocal duties on his own – and he does a pretty good job. His scream has improved slightly, and Raus’ clean vocals are more than adequate. In fact, I’d go so far to say his clean vocals are somewhat unique – at the very least, they’re pretty good. Inhale Exhale’s new rhythm section is still painfully average, and I need not elaborate on their abilities or contribution to the album, because it’s like pretty much anything you’d find anywhere else.

As mentioned before, guitarist John Larussa has definitely progressed the most. This is made apparent less than a minute into the opener, as he delivers some fairly technical shredding and a load of spectacular riffs. Fast forward to the intro of the second song, and it’s even better. Although I’m unsure as to whether or not the part in question is simply tapping, if it isn’t, then it’s pretty clear that Larussa has now become a more than adequate guitarist. Despite the fact that there are still no solos here, I’d be willing to bet that they could show up on the next album.

Has anything else changed? Well, the songwriting is just a little more fresh than before. Despite following the same screamed verse, sung chorus formula, the songs don't feel so constricted to said blueprint and therefore the music is a bit more "loose" than before. Several of the breakdowns aren’t one-note either – they have some pretty good riffs in them.

It’s kind of funny (or perhaps sad) that the best song on the album is the ballad, but it is. Knowledge = Priceless begins with some pretty fingerpicking and features some intensely emotional singing from Ryland. The chorus is great, and so is the interlude. This ends the album on a high note, mellowing out after pummeling the listener for 40 minutes.

So in the end, how good is I Swear? It’s still forgettable, but not as forgettable as The Lost, The Sick, The Sacred. The band has yet to go out of their comfort zone or tread new territory; however they are certainly showing progress. You still would do good to pass on anything from Inhale Exhale, but they could very well make a great album the next time.

Recommended tracks:
I Needed a Space Ship (Instead I Got Problems)
It's Myself Vs. Being a Man
Is the Fact That I'm Trying to Do it, Doing it For You
Knowledge = Priceless




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IAmInsect
June 12th 2008



3800 Comments


good review. i didn't like their debut either so i'm not too interested in this.

ninjuice
June 12th 2008



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Need to listen this more, as I said. I was kinda hoping they would do better than this.

SHOOTME
June 12th 2008



2393 Comments


it's generic metalcore... I wont listen to this.This Message Edited On 06.12.08

encmetalhead
June 12th 2008



744 Comments


it's worse then genreic metalcore

Pebster49
June 13th 2008



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

their last album has some good songs, but as a whole average. This im kinda wondering if I just listen to it, see if it got better.

AmericnZero02
June 13th 2008



3306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review sounded a little rushed. Mostly made up of comparisons to their first album and almost no references to specific songs/parts of the album.

Digging: Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together

ninjuice
June 13th 2008



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Do I really need to mention individual songs? I did mention the first two and the last one. I know I'll pick some standout songs after listening to it a while longer, but otherwise I think what I have here is good.

their last album has some good songs, but as a whole average.

Definitely. There was absolutely wrong with it, except that it was absolutely mediocre.

HeadCharge123
June 13th 2008



475 Comments


good review, i'll give you a pos
wont be checking this out though lol

beans
June 13th 2008



2332 Comments


i didnt mind their debut that much, although i agree with you that it was just another run of the mill metalcore album

ill probably be checking this out sooner or later
great review too

GOme
June 13th 2008



13 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I had higher hopes, I don't know why, and the song names annoy me.

roofi
June 13th 2008



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

From what I've heard, it sounds like they've just traded ripping off Killswitch for ripping off Underoath...

SHOOTME
June 13th 2008



2393 Comments


... And they still suck.

botb
June 14th 2008



9288 Comments


since this is a solid state band i'll probably end up checking it out.

Pebster49
June 14th 2008



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They still sound like a way weaker verison of Underoath.

HeadCharge123
June 14th 2008



475 Comments


Underoath are poor, so if this sounds like a weaker version then I'm definitley steering well clear.This Message Edited On 06.14.08

ABalefulAura
June 15th 2008



22 Comments


I like Underoath. I just hate generic metalcore.

ninjuice
June 17th 2008



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

From what I've heard, it sounds like they've just traded ripping off Killswitch for ripping off Underoath...

Nah, better guitar parts, better vocals, no keyboards and better song titles. I gave this and Define the Great Line the same rating, maybe I need to lower one.....

SteveRogers
June 17th 2008



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was overall impressed by the progression on this record. I don't think the added melody clash at all with the improved hardcore vocals. In fact, I think the emphasis of both elements serve to create a more interesting and listenable dynamic contrast in many of the songs. The band's lyrics have also improved slightly.

These songs translate well into live performances. I saw them shortly before the release of this record, and they were awesome.

HighandDriving
June 18th 2008



3232 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Slightly better then their debut but their best track is still "A Call To The Faithful".

Meh it's decent pussycore.

Pebster49
June 19th 2008



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is better than their last album, but not by too much.



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