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by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
July 14th, 2008 | 48 replies | 7,620 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is it hugely experimental? No. Is the musicianship insane? Not really. Is this an enjoyable album from a band that has some honest potential? Yes, it is.

Most people would listen to a few songs off of this album and simply categorize it as a pretty standard release from a pretty standard progressive metalcore band, and for the most part those people would be right. All the ingredients for the aforementioned label are present; the pounding double bass, the chugging riffs and intermingling guitar lines, the mixing of harsh and clean vocals, and so on so forth. However, if you really listen, you just might be able to catch a glimpse of what FASSW is truly capable of doing, which is melting faces.

Most of the songs are pretty standard fare for the genre that they will inevitably be thrown into, and they tend to come off as a less technical parallel of something like All That Remains, but that's just my opinion. Now don't jump all over me with flaming comments if you feel ATR is superior, as it was just my attempt at drawing a parallel to a more widely known band.

Now that being said, there is nothing on this album that I would consider to be lacking. However, there is also nothing that I would consider to be spectacular either. In terms of musicianship, they aren't necessarily on par with bands such as Protest The Hero or Between The Buried And Me. The guitars stick mainly to the standard chugging palm mutes and open power chords through most of the album, but every now and again they do throw in some interesting sounding chords and melody lines. The drums are probably the most impressive element of the album, and its nice to see a drummer that approaches the music with an attitude other than "how fast can i move my feet at this tempo?" There are a few speedy passages for those of you that can't take your metal without the 500 bpm double bass though so don't be discouraged. The vocalist handles everything from clean vocals, raspy screams, throaty growls, and of course the inevitable death metal piggy squeal (hope that didn't offend anybody), and he pulls everything off very well. Even though there are no stand out instruments in the album, everything is handled very well and the band exhibits a cohesiveness that's hard to come by in most metal nowadays.

As far as songs go, you have your basic garden variety metalcore songs, you slower "ballad" songs, and your fast paced bordering on melo-death songs. The album's opener, Most Of Us Are Normal, features no screaming and the instrumentation has been stripped down, making it the softest song on the album. The guitars, for the most part, provide and atmosphere for the vocals instead of just busting out the riffs. Heavier songs, like Monumental Treason and Severed Heads Open Minds, (which includes some of the albums very few blast-beat sections), are very well executed, but they tend to get monotonous after repeated listens. Which brings me to the biggest flaw of the album, variety. Even though the band attempts to break monotony by using the heavy/soft motif, things do start to blend together after a few listens, and at times it may seem like the slower and softer sections come off as a bit contrived.

All things considered, this album lacks the one thing that most "metalcore" releases lack, which would be variety in songs. Even though there are no real choruses and most of the snogs have little structure as far as verse-chorus-verse, it still manages to get itself into a rut somehow.

Pros +
-All of the instruments play off of each other very nicely, even if they don't exhibit amazing musicianship
-The vocals are top notch for the most part
-The drumming more than makes up for the average guitar

Cons -
-As usual with this genre, tends to get a little bland after a few listens
-The band's music might not be complex enough for fans of overly technical metal
-As usual, the bass is very inaudible throughout the record



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Pebster49
July 15th 2008



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"they ain't no Protest The Hero"

double negative, good review though.
This Message Edited On 07.15.08

marksellsuswallets
July 15th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

that was quite intentional, but if it detracts that much I can change itThis Message Edited On 07.15.08

Pebster49
July 15th 2008



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well it kind of makes in unprofesional looking, same with the "omgzorz ATR is so toatz gr8r than theez d00dz".

iamthenightmare
July 15th 2008



754 Comments


Good review, it doesnt need to be straight up professional. you come off like you know what your talking about and have valid opinions which all the really matters. pos

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 15th 2008



1063 Comments


No put back the "ain't no Protest the Hero" comment, Pebster is being retarded. There's nothing wrong with throwing in some intentional character to your reviews if done sparingly and in a self-aware fashion.


Ps Pebster's avatar is dumb.

Pebster49
July 15th 2008



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It just sounds like a dumb hillbilly. Don't be a twat ilikemusicthatsucks, Pepto Bismol grandma shuns you!

btw, nice fixThis Message Edited On 07.15.08

ilikemusicthatsucks
July 15th 2008



1063 Comments


hey fuck you i'm serious

super seriousThis Message Edited On 07.15.08

HighandDriving
July 15th 2008



3230 Comments


I knew this was gonna be painfully average.

marksellsuswallets
July 15th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah I wouldn't buy the whole cd, but there are enough highlights to warrant buying the three or four decent songs off of itunes or something of that nature. their older material blows this out of the water to be honest

BallsToTheWall
July 15th 2008



44164 Comments


All their labeling says influenced by Deftones, Will Haven,etc. I hate these fuckin marketing schemes. However, band is good. I need this although it dosen't seem up to par with Delendia. Nice review.

beans
July 15th 2008



2332 Comments


From what i've heard Delendia is much better, but i still need to sit down and actually listen to this. Good review though

TrojanWhore
July 15th 2008



752 Comments


Good band, haven't heard this yet but might check it out. Will is a damn good vocalist - lots of variation.

HighandDriving
July 15th 2008



3230 Comments


^Have you flown the cuckoo's nest yet?

What are the highlights from this album?

marksellsuswallets
July 15th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

personally I enjoy Most Of Us Are Normal, even though it is the "ballad" of the album I guess you could say, Severed Heads Open Minds, and Monumental Treason. If you really enjoy those then Leaving The Earth and Swarm Of Bees are not quite as good but they are enjoyable for the most part

beans
July 15th 2008



2332 Comments


this sounds almost nothing like Delendia

SHOOTME
July 15th 2008



2393 Comments


hey fuck you i'm serious

super serious


Way to take from the book of Smileyface.

Anyways, great first review.This Message Edited On 07.15.08

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 15th 2008



4925 Comments


honest potential? I've been waiting since 2005 for them to actually use it. At this point it's just proof of mediocre musicians

marksellsuswallets
July 15th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they did go through a few a through problems between then and now including a few lineup changes so I imagine that would have something to do with the lack of musical progression. maybe I'm just to forgiving but I'm just waiting until their next album before I give up on them

thejared
July 15th 2008



194 Comments


I liked this "way " more than there last cd .. but it still wasn't great ... there just nothing special .. they have tons of potential though

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botb
August 31st 2008



9274 Comments


to be honest, i really like this album a lot. it's such a fun listen.

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