I Am the Avalanche
I Am the Avalanche



by SnackaryBinx USER (31 Reviews)
August 5th, 2008 | 13 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

I Am The Avalanche is:
* Vinnie Caruana – vocals, guitar
* Michael Ireland – guitar, piano
* Kellen Robson – bass
* Brett Romnes – drums, percussion
* Brandon Swanson – guitar
* Barrett Jones – piano (created on cd, so thought I'd include him, but he's not actually in the band)

I don't know how to start this review? Shall I go with a past experience, or maybe a witty intro that makes me look like a pompous jackass that thinks he's hot fucking shit. Or maybe I'll just write those two sentences and call that my crappy ass intro. When I first heard of these guys, it was when I got my hands on the split they did with The Early November. Their song "New Disaster" intrigued me, but it was only a demo, I'll express how I feel about it now later.

The first track "Dead and Gone" is a pretty fancy track with a catchy as hell bass hook (it'll get caught in your head, trust me) with a really good chorus and chant towards the end. The one gripe I have with this song is where the singing switches to sounded like the guy was thrown in a metal trash can, it throws the vibe off in the worst way possible. Then it goes onto the track "New Disaster."

Easiest way to put it, I do not like how this track turned out. I find that the song it self sounds a little bit too overproduced for its own good, the demo sounded a little bit rawer, which drew me to the song, in the end, this song is good, but definitely not as good as it could've been. The ending of it is still pretty good though.

The next song "Murderous" starts off with a reggae like riff, but shifts between a pop-punk vibe to reggae vibe. But it really starts to pick up when it gets to the chorus. I just noticed that this is sort of starting to go off into a track by track review, so yes, onto the instruments and such.

First off, I don't know why, but I think this guy's voice is a lot better than most people will probably give him credit before. I've had people call his voice generic, but to be quite honest, I don't think it is at all, it sounds quite a bit better than most voices of their genre (I'm having a tough time between calling them indie or pop-punk, tell me what to decide them as). The instruments themselves are nothing at all special, you won't find any technical playing or awesome riffage or any shredding of the sorts here. Just some dudes playing their instruments in an average way. Although when the bass comes out to play, he does not disappoint.

Back to track by track. When I first heard "Green Eyes," I was not a fan of it at all. Listening to it later, I can still see why. The intro to this song is just abysmal, and it really seems to throw the rest of the song off into something that's just a wee bit above average. The chorus is a little catchy but that's pretty much it.

The next track throws things into a different swing. "I Took A Beating" is definitely my favorite track on the whole album. It starts off quick and stays that way, and it's extremely ***ing catchy. It keeps up the fast pace the whole song and the organ in it is just thrown in their perfectly. The organ does wonders for this song. Oh, did I mention that it's catchy?

A high point of the next song, "Wasted" is the pretty nice riff in the verses, but the choruses are just plain blah, like they didn't even try at all when writing the chorus. Just an average song, you could probably skip it, I usually do.

The next track, my second favorite, "Always" is a fantastic pick up from the average track before. I'm not too keen on the chorus, but I really do hear emotion (bear with me here) coming out of his voice during the chorus is really what makes the song.

"I never admit to nothing
I'm too proud to buy my own coffin

I'll figure it out some other day
Cause right now I'm buying something else
And it means so much more to me"

"This is Dungeon Music" is quite a cool song that flows pretty nicely, even if the chorus is a little lacking. They like to slow down their songs during the verses a lot and then build up from their. The lyrics are a little stupid (talking about taking out the garbage? Did I miss a metaphor here?)

The rest of the songs after this really start to become like something you've heard earlier on the album. This is pretty much one of the biggest gripes I have with the album, is that it starts to fall off the track towards the end.

Really, other than that major gripe right there with the end of the album, I think this is a damn fine album that pretty much anyone could enjoy. I know most people probably haven't heard of this, but I encourage people to check it out as much as possible. I believe this is a solid to high 3.5

Recommended Tracks
I Took A Beating
Dead and Gone


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Comments:Add a Comment 
August 5th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

This turned into a track by track review even when I tried to stop it. damn it.

August 5th 2008


pretty good for a track by track. the first sentence prolly shouldnt end with a ?, and a bit less first person, but otherwise nothing wrong. =)

August 5th 2008


i agree, the first paragraph didn't really set an interesting pace and came across like a blog entry.
beyond that you really put nice musical details in here

August 5th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

yea, I have trouble with my intros, what can I say.

August 5th 2008


yea they are tough, but youll get used to writing them
i still cant do friggen conclusions, those are a *****

August 5th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

I find conclusions to be easy as long as you have a good lead in from the previous paragraph.

January 15th 2009


such a boring album apart from 'I Took a Beating' which is just ok

Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

I can't find this album legally or illegally damn it.

January 15th 2009


God i hate when that happens. I can't find the album Scars and Wounds by machine men ANYWHERE. i seriously made a trip to the city looking for it and it's nowhere.

July 4th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

Best kind of pop-punk, catchy but with a little bit of an edge (in this case coming from the unusually gruff vocals). Shame they couldn't make the instruments a little more lively but the choruses make up for it.

September 9th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Can't wait to see these guys with Saves the Day next month. Probably the closest I'll get to seeing The Movielife.

Digging: AFI - Decemberunderground

Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Formed by singer Vinnie Caruana after the break-up of The Movielife, Brooklyn punk-rock quintet I Am The Avalanche have released an excellent self-titled debut LP. The music on show is an amalgam of punk, alt-rock & grunge, and is filled with Kellen Robson's terrific bass work & some quality guitar lines. However, the make or break aspect of the band is Caruana's intensely gruff vocals & angst-ridden sarcastic lyrics. Some attempts at variety are a little awkward, while the LP is probably a track or 2 too long, but ultimately the passion displayed here wins out. Recommended Tracks: My 2nd Restraining Order, New Disaster, Dead and Gone & This Is Dungeon Music.

August 10th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

i'm starting to like this as much as avalanche united. both albums kind of lose steam at the end, though.

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