Beneath The Sky
The Day the Music Died


3.5
great

Review

by Ryan Cleary USER (16 Reviews)
July 18th, 2008 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Love them or hate them, Beneath the Sky is generic metalcore at its best. Playing the same boring music fans know and love, but mixing it up adequately to keep things fresh, the band shows definite development and maturity on this new release.

BTS's first release "What Demons Do to Saints" was a generic metalcore romp that displayed a band with loads of potential, but a good deal of flaws that hindered the music as a whole, among them, repetitive tracks and sharp, poorly produced vocals that hurt the listeners ears after 25 minutes or so. Their sophomore LP "The Day the Music Died" has the band having fixed most of their flaws and evolving as songwriters and musicians. BTS uses two screaming voices. one a low guttural growl, the other a serrated shriek. On their first release the band failed to fully utilize both to their maximum extent, however, on TDTMD they balance things out just enough to give each voice a sufficient amount of air time, which creates a pleasant, never-boring effect.

The CD opens with something of a B-Movie zombie scene. The sounds of the opener will either leave you laughing, or questioning what the hell the band was doing. However, just as the intro builds to the point where the anguished screams of the victim become annoying, "Nature of the Beast" kicks in. The song has the typical brutality and musicianship the band displayed on the previous effort, but the guitar riffs are excellent and drums are tighter. The vocals also seem to sound more fine tuned as well. The album progresses on with some songs that all sound very similar in nature, but are played with enough conviction and passion, along with some slight musical variation.

The next track "True Friends Stab You in the Front" really displays what the band has accomplished between releases. The lyrics, clearly audible, scream angry laments, over a brutal, heavy background. The music just seems to have gone up a few notches from the last release. Tracks like this carry on throughout the entire album, and while most are excellent songs that show increased maturity, some seem like total rip offs of the band's past material. "With a Gun Smoke Kiss" carries a riff that sounds nearly identical to "7861". The song also became repetitive and the band attempts to use clean vocals which just don't seem to flow with the tune of the song. "Option for the Lonely" shows the band at the top of its form. Fast brutal rhythms gradually meld into a high, wailing guitar harmony. The band seems to be venturing into Post-hardcore territory here.

Other tracks display the band's ability to vary their music even further, such as on "I'll Call This My Own". What could just be a generic metalcore song sounds like a combination of multiple genres, giving BTS a unique kind of sound. They use clean vocals to highlight the excellent guitar riffs, and throw in some heartfelt Whoa-Oh's for good measure
A well done ballad also graces the album as "Another Day" shows some emotional singing and acoustic guitar playing, with an explosive, epic ending. The band's instrumental talent is also showcased on the closer "The Pursuit of ???". A ripping, insane guitar riff carries on through the intro, and ends a very well done album.

Overall the band has shown through "The Day the Music Died" that they have matured in their ability to vary their music, and play their instruments to their maximum potential. The album's tunes are catchy, well produced and rarely get repetitive. However, some flaws are rather evident throughout the CD. Most songs clock in at close to 5 minutes or greater, and one song "The Belle of the Ball" just does not know when to end. The over length of many songs creates a sense of not quite repetition, but something of an enough is enough feeling. In a genre as crowded and boring as Metalcore BTS is a breath of fresh air. A band that sticks with what is the norm, but changes things up and adds their own flair to the music. something many bands attempt to do, but fail.


The Clear Best
I'll Call This My Own
Option For the Lonely
True Friends Stab You In The Front

The Clear Worst
With a Gun Smoke Kiss



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taylormemer
July 18th 2008


4957 Comments


Kill off the bolding.

taylormemer
July 18th 2008


4957 Comments


Review is good, just most people, including myself find bolding titles a little ugly looking and eye gouging.

taylormemer
July 18th 2008


4957 Comments


A moderator told you to do that.
Weird...

Pebster49
July 19th 2008


2996 Comments


"Beneath the Sky is generic metalcore at its best"

this made me laugh

beans
July 19th 2008


2332 Comments


never really liked these guys at all
not a bad review
get rid of the bolding though, its distracting

beans
July 19th 2008


2332 Comments


looks better man
i dont hate i celebrate

iamthenightmare
August 7th 2008


754 Comments


you really dont cease in bringing me the lolz do you?

Bleak123
August 19th 2008


1902 Comments


pos'd band kinda crap

sspedding
March 2nd 2009


4889 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

excellent vocalist. Gash band.

Digging: Counterparts - Tragedy Will Find Us

sspedding
March 2nd 2009


4889 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

excellent vocalist. Gash band.

gaslightanthem
March 2nd 2009


5209 Comments


Everything about this is pretty gash tbh.

sspedding
March 2nd 2009


4889 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i think the vocalist has an extraordinarily good range. Everything else about this really blows though.

AdamTheMessenger
June 14th 2009


38 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Something about this band stands out that makes it more then just "generic metalcore".

sspedding
October 15th 2009


4889 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nein

Frederickog357
June 2nd 2010


6 Comments


You didnt even say anything about "The Belle of the Ball" are you serious come on

Arked
February 19th 2011


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like them more (especially this album) than most of so called generic metalcore... I can't really explain it. I like lyrics, "roaring puma" vocals, clean vocals, solos, breakdowns on it. This album is pure fun for me...



And "The Belle of the Ball" is easily the best song on this realease and one of my favourite melodic metalcore songs in general.

Gorification
February 19th 2011


1124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

used to like this a lot. some good songs on here, but "true friends stab you in the front" "with a gun smoke kiss" and "another day" really suck. plus the majority of the songs are structured the same way.

Shuyin
January 20th 2012


12458 Comments


feeeeeeeeeeeels liiike hooome.


decent stuff

tresm87
November 16th 2013


2828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hhahah o man this album is as awesome as back in 2008

production is laughable but it almost makes it that much better for some reason

Digging: Miss May I - Deathless

thewired
February 13th 2014


51 Comments


This band's name makes me laugh every time i think about it.
Beneath the Sky... think about it



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