Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Scary Kids Scaring Kids


3.5
great

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
November 18th, 2008 | 26 replies | 2,760 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Releasing a debut on a major label right out of high school turned many people’s heads in 2005. Scary Kids Scaring Kids seemingly came out of nowhere, and brought with them a sound only describable as some kind of hard rock symphony. It was a decent enough foundation, but their inexperience as songwriters hindered them from breaking any real ground. Nonetheless, they remained an interest. Now, only two years later, they’ve graced us with a follow-up that they themselves are extremely proud of, and then some. They say this is exactly the record they wanted to make and wouldn’t change a thing. From one listen it’s evident they have greatly improved, and that they did some heavy experimentation. Yet, it’s also apparent that they may have been too excited to analyze their new material closer.

That’s not to say this is a bad record; on the contrary, it’s very good as well as being a giant leap from their debut. The lyrics/vocals are much better, each instrument’s parts are more varied for the most part, the keys use much more effects than just synth, and the concepts are brought to the surface with music to match them (a very important step). However, there are many areas where the reason this album suffers is due to the lack of experimentation, in that they take the concept half way, then end it before the climax. There are about five or six examples of this but two of them stand out the most to me.

Two perfect examples of this are Star Crossed and the duo of Derailed and Breathe. With Star Crossed, you are introduced to a spacey atmosphere with reverb guitars, trickling piano lines, and a story of astrology. This is a great sound they started, but two things go wrong. First, the song structure is very normal: intro, verse, chorus, repeat, bridge, and chorus. Second, they don’t expand this sound at all. They could’ve branched out from the second chorus to a completely new feel/structure and brought the listener deeper into the spacey, starry atmosphere. The next two songs, Derailed and Breathe, are about a minute each, and flow right through each other beautifully. They seem to experiment with post rock ambiance with these songs, yet the main feature of this sound is only a minute long, when they could have continued further to make it more embracing.

The other problem with the album is that along with being too excited to expand their experimentation, they may have been too excited to cut any tracks from the record. This record has a lot of great songs, but a fair share of mediocrity. Tracks like Faces and Snake Devil are pretty bland and out of place from the record. Faces is your standard metalcore song, with predictable riffing and anthemic singing, while Snake Devil is an 80’s metal tribute of sorts. Another song they could’ve easily cut is Set Sail, an energetic song with no motivation basically. Among the rest of the album, it doesn’t stand out as anything special.

Now that the criticism is over with, let’s move on to some positives. This album starts very strong. Degenerates and Holding On are two of the best songs this band has written, and The Deep End is one of those fan favorites for the live set, along with A Pistol To My Temple. Degenerates and Holding On are actually a great pair of songs back to back, both being extremely catchy and powerful tracks with emotional lyrics. Musically they are much more than your average hardcore anthems, due to intricate keyboard work/atmosphere, and the guitars trade in pinch harmonics for exceptionally strong riff compositions. Goes Without Saying is another one of those written for the live set songs; in fact, a lot of these songs are absolutely perfect for that mantra, it’s as if the band did something on the mixing board to bring the intensity of a show to your own ears.

It really is a shame that the flaws are imperative to the overall rating of the record, because I have to say I’m proud of these kids. Tweaking the defects would’ve greatly improved the record as a whole. Though, it seems they finally have a vision for what they want to do with their music, a vital step, as well as signifying their own sound, which is something most bands can’t seem to figure out within their two-album careers. That alone shows the band has the potential to be something special, and if they can even slightly improve the missteps made on this record and deeper analyze where they could take their songs, their next record could easily be one of the best in the scene.



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fireaboveicebelow
November 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this is my favorite review cuz this record is pretty important to me, I just wish it was...better, for lack of a better word

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2008



7762 Comments


Great review, I really hate these guys with a passion though.

And I will never understand why they are on tour with Anberlin.

Digging: The Menzingers - Rented World

SnackaryBinx
November 18th 2008



2309 Comments


another band my friends hail as one of the best out right now. using logic of what my friends say, I don't listen to them.

BallsToTheWall
November 18th 2008



44164 Comments


Good review fire, as usual. I checked this band out a few years ago.Wasn't really impresed then agin, it was a few years ago. I'll re-investigate.

handoman
November 18th 2008



2380 Comments


i overheard freshmen at my school talking about these guys...

fireaboveicebelow
November 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha apparently not many people like this band, oh well. They're in the same rut as Circa Survive where the band is actually talented but all the scene kids over-adore them

handoman
November 18th 2008



2380 Comments


I actually never heard this so i'll check it out. good review, too.

marksellsuswallets
November 18th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Their earlier release was good but I just didn't like this album at all tbh...

DaveBum69
November 18th 2008



699 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I will say what i always have since the day this came out, this sounds like it should have been there first album IMO, It feels like a step backwards

fireaboveicebelow
November 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dont see how you could think that, their first record was hardly above average

roofi
November 18th 2008



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Band's always been pretty poopty.

marksellsuswallets
November 18th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really don't know why, their first album just stood out more to me for some reason...

handoman
November 18th 2008



2380 Comments


wallets, should i check out that one instead?

fireaboveicebelow
November 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might as well

bastard
November 18th 2008



3435 Comments


w00t I am unbanned!

anyways, from what I've heard, I don't like these guys. Good review anyways.This Message Edited On 11.18.08

handoman
November 18th 2008



2380 Comments


sup bastard


marksellsuswallets
November 18th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I dunno I mean the first one had a more unique approach what with the atmospheric elements and stuff...and the vocals seemed better too...just check out their myspace though I'm pretty sure they have both full albums so you can listen there first...

fireaboveicebelow
November 18th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

eh, their myspace has like their worst songs, check imeem or project playlist or something

bastard
November 18th 2008



3435 Comments


okay, I might check that out when I am not busy with new Cynic.

marksellsuswallets
November 18th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah man if you click on the albums on the left of the player you can listen to all the songs :thumb:



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