It Dies Today
The Caitiff Choir


4.5
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Review

by StormX USER (5 Reviews)
July 10th, 2005 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


It Dies Today is:

Nick Brooks vocals
Mike Hatalak guitar
Chris Cappelli guitar
Steve Lemke bass
Nick Mirusso drums

It Dies Today formed in 2001 in the Buffalo area. Soon after they released their "Forever Scorned" EP, after which their popularity exploded. After touring extensively, and adding a second guitarist, It Dies Today had found their sound, and released The Caitiff Choir on Trustkill Records. Cutting a swath through the multitude of metalcore bands, It Dies Today are, and promise to keep being one of the best bands in the genre.

Track One: My Promise

The CD starts off to some random noise, so you aren't quite sure what to expect. Soon after, however, it hits you. The drums pound the beat right in your face and the guitars follow right along. The drums keep going, the guitar fades off for a second, and then we take a pickslide dive into the song. The drums continue to blast, the guitars switch into a decent riff, and the vocals come in. Nick Brooks' talent doesn't really show in this song, as the guitars and drums seem to overpower him. A little later, the songs picks up pace again, and eventually comes to a breakdown-esque part. Some back and forth guitar work, into another semi-breakdown, and the songs over.

Track Two: Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads
Quick little drum fill, and we're into one of my favorite songs of the album. A snare drum lead beat and some metalcore riffage, and then we're into the chorus. And something you don't expect. Nick Brooks shows his singing for the first time on the CD, and it's suprisingly good. A very melodic, almost keyboard sounding lead guitar backs up Nick's singing about jealousy. Into the second verse, similar to the first, although it has better lead guitar work. Chorus again, leading right into the breakdown. Now, It Dies Todays breakdowns might seem a little cliched, but they'll definatly get you moving. The breakdown ends with some quite melodic singing, leading right into the last chorus.

Track Three: The Radiance
Again the drums lay down a great beat for the intro, which the rhythm guitar flows well with. Into the verse, and unlike the first two songs, the vocals are sung. A quick, well placed pause, and into the chorus. A well mixed rhythm/lead guitar riff backs up Nicks lyrics of lonelyness. Another verse and chorus, and we're into another breakdown-like passage. Which breaks down into a clean part, builds back up, and we go into the last chorus. One of the weaker songs on the album, minus the lyrics, as it gets quite repetative.

Track Four: The Depravity Waltz
One of the heavier songs on the album, this track gets right into it. Some very well done throat work by Nick Brooks, and as with most of the songs, very well done drums and guitar. Break into a scream/sung interlude led by a hammer-on based riff. Back into it, and then again we're into a different riff, this one a mix of some palmmuted rhythm and dissonant sounding bends. Back into the forementioned interlude, and then we begin the pounding near-end section. Very aggressive sounding vocals here, and some great, heavy sounded instrumentation. Then, the songs over quite suddenly.

Track Five: A Therondy For Modern Romance
This is the big single off The Caitiff Choir, and the best song in my opnion. A great sounding intro, really the first time we see any sizeable amount of double bass on the CD, which is suprising for metalcore. This song had great lead guitar work throughout. The lyrics sing of romance that has faded away. The choruses have some great guitar work, and then, a SOLO! Somewhat of a rare thing in metalcore these days, this solo is actually pretty well done. Into a drums only first part of the chorus, one you can just see everyone getting into at a concert. Through a modified ending chorus, and sadly this songs over.

Track Six: Marigold
Like The Radiance, this track is singing lead, rather than screaming. Also, like The Radiance, it gets fairly repeative. Still, great musicianship nonetheless. The guitar work in the verse is sparse, but fits in well, giving a nice break from most metalcore, which is just in your face constantly. Also, the choruses have some great staccato riffs in them.

Track Seven: Freak Gasoline Fight Accident
Starts off pretty damn heavy, with a tremolo picked riff and some pounding double bass. The music lets off a little in the verse, but very aggressive vocals. The chorus lets off a little more, it's sung, and has more of the technical riffing. The chorus ends in a soloish lead piece, which leads right into the breakdown. The accuentating feature of this breakdown is the use of a china cymbal, which sets it off well from just being palm muted/double bass. After a little, we go into another sung chorus, which again ends in a solish lead piece. At the end we get some nice double bass and feedback, into a final breakdown that just wants to make you hit someone.

Track Eight: The Caitiff Choir: Revalations
The first of a two part song bearing the name of the album. Great work overall in this one, with more of the lead guitar work that I've come to love from It Dies Today. Drums are pounding right in your face as usual, for It Dies Today is a quite drum driven band, I'm happy say. This is also one of the heavier songs on the album, with some great dissonant sounding lead parts in it. The vocals also show the flexability of Nick Brooks, to switch between low growling screams and high pitched shreiks almost. A nice breakdown at the end, another one that just gets you fired up.

Track Nine: Our Disintigration
A great riff starts this one off, and this continues the heavy set of songs we're getting in the middle of the album. This track has some great drum fills in it, although it's fairly heavy on double bass. The chorus is sung though, and follows with the trend of It Dies Today having great lead guitar work, but also managing to have some great chugging rhythm. Again here, we see Nick Brooks many talents, as he goes from singing, to growling, to shreiking withing 30 seconds or so. Make sure to check out the drum fill before the last chorus. Another breakdown ending, which is also becoming a trend with this CD. So you breakdown haters may get tired of it. Although it has some great drumming in it.

Track Ten: Naenia
The CDs almost over, but this is a great track. Awesome guitar work in the intro, leads into singing into screaming verse, which has some great chug in it. The chorus is very spacey, and sounds very much like theres a keyboard in there, mixed in with the lead guitar. Second verse, singing into screaming, chugged for the first part, but lets off the chugging as it goes into the chorus. The chorus in this song is amazing, quite spacey, as I said, which is pretty rare in metalcore, and the vocals are very well done. Following the second chorus, we get some heavy/spacey back and forth action, with great musical work overall. Goes into an extended chorus to finish the song off, and lead into our last song.

Track Eleven: The Caitiff Choir: Defeatism
The second part to the title track, this one clocks in at over seven minutes, fairly longer than the rest of the songs. We get some more great guitar work in the first few minutes, and the vocals stand out in places. We get into a very spacey sounding chorus, great singing, and I swear theres a keyboard in there. If there isn't, someone worked wonders with the lead guitar. We get into the second verse, which is similar to the first. Back into the chorus, which is great, because the chorus is awesome. This one definatly has a keyboard in it, there's some synth going on that leads out of the chorus. After the chorus we get into a very heavy part, pounding drums, in your face guitar, and Nick Brooks is sounding like he wants to kill someone. And then..was that acoustic guitar? I think so. Into the chorus again, with even more synth. This is one great sounding chorus, and it keeps getting better every time. Synth leads out again, into a guitar/synth driven breakdown. Deep, growling vocals and chugging rhythm guitar go under. Into a break, no vocals, synth leading into some guitar work and light drumming. Even lighter, we get into some spacey effects in the background of a lightly distorted riff. Now almost six minutes into the song, everything is gone except the guitar, still repeating it's riff, and now we're floating in the effects. This is a great chill part, definatly a break if you're getting tired of the metalcore-ness. An eletronic drum beat comes in low in the back, and we've still got our effects and riff. Repeat until end of song.



Overall, I'd have to say that this is one of the best metalcore albums I've heard in a long time. Yes, theres metalcore cliches (like a crapload of breakdowns) but It Dies Today stands out from the pack. A lot of singing compared to most metalcore bands, and some very good guitar work.

Reccomended Songs
Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads
A Therondy For Modern Romance
Naenia
The Caitiff Choir: Defeatism


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Arrakakaka
July 10th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Amazing review, decent band.This Message Edited On 07.20.05

guitaristBC7
July 15th 2005


9 Comments


Great review this band is awsome although this album is alot different from their first release Forever Scorned but I still like this record better.


94_Hours
July 23rd 2005


73 Comments


great review and one of my faourite albums right now. Stand out tracks include Marigold, STYSH, Naenia.

.HowTheWestWasWon.
September 23rd 2005


2 Comments


A couple of things. IDT's lyrics are incredible, and I didn't see a word of them mentioned throughout your review. That's definitely a plus that sets them apart from other bands. Also, there's not a keyboard in any of the tracks except "Defeatism" which was a nice ending to the album. (You were right, but that's the only song with a keyboard/synth, as far as I know). Another thing: The solo in "Threnody" is not played by the guys from It Dies Today, they had someone else come and perform it for the album. However, they do it quite well in the live show, which was extremely enjoyable, with many breakdown-influenced pits. Otherwise, I really liked the review.This Message Edited On 09.23.05

Atticus 69320
October 31st 2005


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review.

Greater album.

Nick is the greatest vocalist in metalcore, but they're too predictable with the v/c/v/c/break shit.

xcbmetalcorex
October 31st 2005


18 Comments


I hate his scream. it's so forced and weak.

Drummin4eva
November 11th 2005


4 Comments


top review

top album and top band these guys are incredible. Nick along side with Matt Heafy (trivium) is defiantly one of the top vocalists in Metalcore. On the album side the singing bits (radiance, marigold and naenia) are great but maybe they over use it through this album sounds great though good review.

pfandozzyrock
December 29th 2005


40 Comments


Good review, It dies today is a good band i missed them at ozzfest this year they palyed first so i didnt hear them at all they were the only band i didnt get to see this year damn it. Well anyway this is there best work yet but there older album is also very good i reconmend it to anyone.
4.5/5

CushMG15
January 21st 2006


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Has anyone heard their new cd? I didn't buy it because it only had like 7 songs on it and I wasn't sure what to expect.
This is a very good Metalcore cd.

we_are_all_dead
February 4th 2006


15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It dies Today is the most amazing band in the metalcore scene today as we speak, end of story.




And they don't have a new CD after the Caitiff Choir, they've just begun writing for their new album. They haven't stepped foot in the studio yet.

stke22
February 21st 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is freaking amazing. Great sounding verses and choruses thanks to Nick's amazing vocal capability. My favourites are numbers 3, 5, 6, and the last 3.

Synth instruments are featured on "The Radiance" and "Defeatism", FYI.

Concubine
February 21st 2006


333 Comments


Eh, this cd is alright.. Nothing too special.. I've heard only Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads and A Threnody For Modern Romance, and people said that these 2 tracks are the best ones of the album.. If that's the case than, i don't think this album is that good though.. No offense to the other guys, but the formula screaming verse and melodic singing chorus is just too obvius...


metallicaliveson
February 24th 2006


51 Comments


Great album. Good review. Joy

XxFearTheEndxX
April 5th 2006


5 Comments


this band is amazing.....so is the cd

pattern_recognition
April 6th 2006


950 Comments


These guys are the stupidest looking band on the planet,
The music's not bad, but jeez, get a grip guys, or you'll go the way of Atreyu.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2006


16089 Comments


I wouldn't mind this band getting a little more attention in the wake of other, far worse bands playing the same type of music. And why is Atreyu mentioned in every last metalcore review on this site? Oh, wait, nevermind.

pattern_recognition
April 6th 2006


950 Comments


As a cautionary tale. These guys are actually pretty good, unlike a lot of similar bands they have a screamer with an actual decent scream.
Not the infamous Trivium-and-Atreyu 'dinosaur shriek'
Alright, I won't mention the A-word for at least a day or two now.

Confessed2005
April 15th 2006


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dinosaur shriek...interesting...

sell-out
May 4th 2006


47 Comments


Awsome band Awsome review

Thor
May 4th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ehhhh....this album never struck as anything special. It's actually quite annoying at times. Sure, there's a few cool riffs and maybe a breakdown to bang my head along to, but as an album it just falls flat.

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