Once Nothing
First Came the Law


4.0
excellent

Review

by SteveRogers USER (7 Reviews)
June 19th, 2008 | 33 replies | 6,677 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mama’s Good Ol’ Fashioned Metal Album

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Creedence Clearwater Revival + As I Lay Dying = Good? Despite some very conflicted influences that do not seem to add up to make a good album, Once Nothing proves that it is always possible to rock. The band released their debut album First Came the Law (January 15, 2008). Rising above the quickly-becoming-repetitive modern metal scene, Once Nothing crafts a dirty, fierce, and incredibly enjoyable first album.

Immediately noticeable at the start of this album is the guitar riff, which is disturbingly reminiscent of some of the less impressive post-grunge bands that popped up in the late 1990’s. However, a couple of bass drum kicks and the intensely screamed first line, “You want to go for a ride?” show that this is certainly not a post-grunge, punk, pop, emo “disc ‘o’ depression.”

The first song (“The Intimidator”) alone is so diverse that after an intense roller coaster of time changes, the listener is brought to the 3:00 minute mark. At this point, it seems as if the track has changed when, in fact, it is just a transition from a meaty breakdown to a more melodic guitar lick. When the song does end, it progresses neatly into the hard-hitting first few seconds of the disc’s second song (“Avoid Me Like The Plague”). The second track comes to a delightful close with a breakdown that could, quite literally, knock the teeth right out of the listener’s mouth.

The third song (“Juliet Or At Least What’s Left Of Her”) is the song that makes the whole album. The first two songs were a thrilling tour through the landscape of MetalLand. However, the third song stomps the others into submission at the 1:00 minute mark when a brief instrumental interlude turns into the very Southern exclamation, “Now, kick it!” This was later accompanied by, in the fourth song (“Gunfire Is The Sound of Freedom”), the interjection, “Ah, swing it!”

The metal bliss continues through the fifth track (“The Dust of a Town”) including a lovely intro. The real shocker was the acoustic sixth track (“My Sweet Medusa”) which serves as a well-deserved change of pace and breath of air.

Though an enjoyable head-banger, the seventh track (“Columbus Wasn’t Looking For America”) does not do anything too exciting. It is the beginning of the eighth song (“Then There Were Nine”), which crackles into life with melodic vocals and cowbell, that is truly surprising. Some strange yet satisfying screamed vocal harmonies bring the listener through the enjoyable ninth and tenth tracks (“All My Heroes Are Cowboys” and “The Truth About Me Or Someone Like Me” respectively).

The eleventh track (“Whiskey Breath”) shows off the previously subdued Southern influence without shame. The song begins with a riff straight out of a Skynryd album. The groove of this song leads, almost regrettably, to the twelfth and final track (“...And Then Came Grace”) which is a monstrous and epic instrumental track. Waiting after the last track brings the listener to a quick bonus track that ends the album with the chirping of crickets. This sound effect is normally something reserved for boring or not enjoyable acts. Needless to say, it has never been more out of place than at the end of this album.



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Rumpelnostran
June 20th 2008



22 Comments


well... you just encouraged me to visit their myspace. this is much better than your average mallcore/defcore act. take a vote, the review did what it was supposed to ;]

ToWhatEnd
June 20th 2008



3172 Comments


Album puts me to sleep after 3 songs.

IAmInsect
June 20th 2008



3800 Comments


lol @ band bio

cvlts
June 20th 2008



8917 Comments


not that I am complaining or anything... Cause I'm not
but wat the heck is up with all these dirty southern metal christian bands all the sudden?
I'm startin to think is jus sum trend that the christian metal scene is goin through... just how this whole deathcore mallcore trend is popular right now

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

SteveRogers
June 20th 2008



182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dante- How many bands of that genre can you name?

Digging: Rush - Clockwork Angels

IAmInsect
June 20th 2008



3800 Comments


maylene is the only one i can think of

WARisalliknow91
June 20th 2008



493 Comments


I love how people assume being a "Christian Southern Metal" band is a scene thing when people classify you as that if you are Christian and happen to be born below the Mason Dixon Line. You caught them, they just decided to be born in the south and to be musically talented to be cool.



ddrfreak62
June 21st 2008



106 Comments


Saw them live a little while back here in owensboro. Our little local venue is awesome for metal/hardcore acts. They were pretty good.

thejared
June 22nd 2008



194 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

these guys are good .... but are in no way unique ... they do have some good songs though ...

Digging: Chet Faker - Built on Glass

cvlts
June 27th 2008



8917 Comments


norma jean, the chariot, once nothing, chasing victory, blessed is he, inhale exhale, memphis mayfire, oh ya maylene... he is legend, twelve gauge valentine... and theres other christian bands that emulate the "southern living" lifestyle like underoath, showbread, and family force five

im not talkin crap bout them, im jus sayin that its really popular right now... like sum Bible Belt music scene call it what u will...

Mr Fahrenheit
June 27th 2008



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this CD, it's nothing new, but it's pretty good metalcore

And actually they're from Pittsburgh, one of them went to my high school

IAmInsect
June 27th 2008



3800 Comments


norma jean, the chariot, once nothing, chasing victory, blessed is he, inhale exhale, memphis mayfire, oh ya maylene... he is legend, twelve gauge valentine... and theres other christian bands that emulate the "southern living" lifestyle like underoath, showbread, and family force five
the only band in that list that even comes close to southern metal is maylene. sometimes he is legend comes close on their newest record, but yeah.

chodeloafer
June 30th 2008



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album kicks ass.....maylene kicks more....but these guys definatly kick a fair amount of ass

cvlts
July 1st 2008



8917 Comments


IAmInsect

I disagree but clearly it is just a matter of what we think makes up a genre...
so ya, peace to you lol =]]

IAmInsect
July 1st 2008



3800 Comments


you as well :}

HeadCharge123
July 10th 2008



475 Comments


I don't think that this album is good as you make it out to be :/

DaveBum69
August 20th 2008



699 Comments


I hated these guys at first but there growing on me, my band is playing with them in about a month

YouAreMySilence
September 18th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Interesting for like 30 seconds.

beezay
December 14th 2009



70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoyed this album and it did take some growing time (just like DaveBum69 said). But it's a shame that they've disband. I bet their second release would of been pretty good!

arsonrocks
January 15th 2010



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

normally hate these style bands (ie: maylene and the sons of disaster). but saw this band live about 3 years ago with whitechapel and fucking loved their music. southern hardcore christian is a nice change of pace from the generic southern metal personally



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