Burden of a Day
Blessed Be Our Ever After


3.5
great

Review

by Satansleftnut USER (2 Reviews)
December 12th, 2008 | 56 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid offering to the hardcore-ish gods

Burden of a day is basically a cup of decaf metal core. Not that it is a bad thing. In fact it comes together as a nothing new but almost original attempt at the Christian heavy scene. There is not much in the line of musicianship, such as shredding for example, but more in the sense of craftsmanship. Man, do they know how to make catchy songs, that are as head bang worthy as they are scene girl sing along worthy.

As you look at this band as a whole unit it is very well structured and thought out. Songwriting seems to be these guys strongest forte. The simple pull off riffs and subtle double bass coupled with throaty yells and screams makes for a surprisingly entertaining and meaningful joyride. Comparisons to Underoath and bands of that nature, seem to be well justified. These are almost poppy metalcore scream along ballads, with a few breakdowns thrown in, that actually don't sound bad at all. The band quotes as influences Thrice, The Bled, Refused, Thursday, Beloved, and All That Remains. Minus the last one the influences are heard. The live shows they put on as well, from what i've heard are fairly amazing and full of energy.

As far as guitars go, you wont see these guys in, say guitar world, but they do a good job of keeping the listener interested in what little they are doing. They also disguise the lack of chops very well, and you will hear a fair amount of lead work over the top of what are mostly groove riffs. Can you say power chords and single note harmonies? I only wish there was a bit more here, but they are catchy nonetheless. I find the riff in Monsters Among Us to be very catchy. Harmonies are are always on the menu here as well.

In the bass department, there is nothing important to say, other than it follows the guitar all of the time. You maybe hear notable bass twice, and it is coupled with the bass drums to add a little groove. Nothing to stray away from the straightforward presentation.

Vocals are the strongest point by far and are very strong indeed. There are a nice blend of screams, yells, shouts, and clean singing. There are a lot of the yells which are borderline screaming, but not quite there. They really fit well with the certain attitudes of each song. The clean singing tends to be my favorite and you find yourself singing along quite frequently. The lyrics are a bit immature and are a low point in a way, but they are pretty well crafted for the most point, and yes, they are very Christian , in case you couldn’t tell by the album and song names. Again, Monsters Among Us is a good presentation of the lyrics.

The drums are very simple most of the time, but provide a solid groove, and anchor the songs in stone. I find myself to appreciate the simplicity and groove he lays down. Double bass isn't overdone, and simple rolls and flams sum up most of the fills.

The production of this album is just shy of superb, and is crystal clear, and draws out the most of each instrument. Job well done here, other than the annoying tone of the pinch harmonics. The bass drums kick your ***, the guitars project, and the Vocals soar, just as it should be.

Overall I would say this is a grow on you album that has hooks up the ***, and really draws you in.This would definently be classified as post-hardcore. Blessed Be Our Ever After is not for fans of kick you in the nuts music, but at least they make beautifully sculpted popcore that is a grow on you experience.

Songs that will help you see if this for you or not would be: Battle For Hoth, Monsters Among Us, and Sorry Seacrest It's Casey's Countdown.


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Confused songwriting ruins a potentially decent release from this post-hardcore quintet....


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Lostandfound2
December 12th 2008


271 Comments


I am a lazy bastard, so forgive me if this sucks. I just wrote it today. I just wanted to see a review of this to give credit to these guys.

Groink
December 12th 2008


768 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review dude. This is a fun album.

Lostandfound2
December 12th 2008


271 Comments


thanks alot. I hope the lack of names and lots of thems and theys dont annoy people....i cant find my cd case for this...

ATLbraves
December 12th 2008


193 Comments


Probably in my top 5 for 2008.

Great review dude.

Lostandfound2
December 12th 2008


271 Comments


well thank you good sir

Lostandfound2
December 12th 2008


271 Comments


I hope i get more comments on this than my other reviews ive done....Just for the record this will have been my fourth, but two were lost in the system crash

ToWhatEnd
December 12th 2008


3172 Comments


[quote=review]throughty yells and screams[/quote] Think you mean throaty. Not a bad review, especially when you consider how little you have written. I would say make sure you use spell check for future reviews so it can catch some errors for you. Band isn't bad but they just don't hold my attention very well. Always favored Chasing Victory above these guys as far as the Christian popcore thing goes.

Lostandfound2
December 12th 2008


271 Comments


yeah i used spell check for the majority but i added a few things after posting...haha

Lostandfound2
December 25th 2008


271 Comments


good to see feedback
XD

qdgyu
January 28th 2009


34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Found these guys about 6 monthes ago, man they blew me away, I love the vocals. Nice review

browncore
April 28th 2009


26 Comments


"i'm only laughing on the outside" is so god-damn catchy.

AmericnZero02
April 28th 2009


3343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Hey hey!"

Waior
May 14th 2009


11451 Comments


Am I off my rocker in thinking that this is TDWP done right?

AmericnZero02
May 14th 2009


3343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know TDWP all that well but I'd say that sounds pretty accurate. BOAD's vocals are definitely better (on this album at least).

Waior
May 14th 2009


11451 Comments


Yeah, this has the potential to become a guilty pleasure for me. We'll see.

po0ty
May 14th 2009


488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pt. 2 is a swell song.

MacWeener
May 18th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album's pretty average and doesn't really bring anything exciting to the table

Lostandfound2
June 3rd 2009


271 Comments


no but it is solid......and this is a lot better and different than tdwp

ErasersAtBothEnds
July 24th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

as a TDWP fanboy i feel like i should check out "TDWP done right"

ErasersAtBothEnds
July 24th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These guys seem to love awkward guitar harmonies and spastic song structures. There are a couple of tracks I can dig, but all in all I don't really like this much, I feel like you guys are seeing something in it that I'm not.

Oh and apart from the breakdown in the intro track, I don't think this sounds anything like TDWP.



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