Across Five Aprils
Life Underwater


3.5
great

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
March 4th, 2009 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Across Five Aprils delivers a solid, fun, and non-generic CD. Tasteful metalcore with a signature dirty tone.

Across Five Aprils Is:

Brandon Mullins - vocals
Steve Wooteon - drums
Josh Dycus - Bass
Zak Towe - Guitar
Adam Nordmeyer - Guitar

I always find it interesting when a band adopts a new sound. Fans get to find out if they loved the band or the genre. Across Five Aprils used to be the whole screamed verses, catchy sung choruses cookie-cutter band. They explored a darker side of pop-punk, and unfortunately never captured a remarkable sound. Usually, I overlook bands like that, but something in them showed promise, so I checked back several times for an update or new album. With Life Underwater, lo and behold, the kids delivered.

There are a few things that jump to mind when you listen to this CD. Two things are the vocals, and the mixing. On their previous album, (The first one their current singer debuted on) their singer had two speeds. Sung and screamed. On this album, you'll find the vocalist has a very signature and distinguishable style. He switches between all pitches of yelling, screaming, and singing. I find it a definite plus that he isn't the typical metalcore singer you'd expect. The other thing would be the overall tone of the album, production-wise. It sounds dirty and vaguely southern. At first, this was a downside to me, but after listening to the album more, I realized just how much of a plus it is to have such a stand-out sound.

The guitarists also have a signature style. Straying from the typical "Palm mute this **** to death", they use an interesting style of mixing distorted chord picking and other deeper chord progressions to make a very full sounding texture to their songs. On their previous releases, their drummer played the typical pop-punk routine, plus a few little metalcore diddles. On this album, the band drastically changed their sound, so the drummer had an opportunity to up the ante and bring his playing to a new level. Unfortunately, he never did, so drums remain on this album just a means to hold the rhythm. Bass is usually undetectable, and blends into the guitar lines, adding to their full sound.

The lyrics on this album are one of the upsides. They fit the music well, and have actual meaning. Some parts of the songs (see In Photographs) are quite catchy, a memoir from their pop-punk days.

I read your mind 1000 times.
Long tales of things that bump in the night.
Rusted holes in the walls, we paint black everything.

Day dreamer, deceiver, lay waste the true believer.

There is no truth. There is no rhyme.
This **** will happen every time.
Rusted holes in the walls, we paint black everything

Some of these songs stick to a harsher sound (The Darkest Road), while some are just catchy rock out songs (In Photographs), but overall, Across Five Aprils make a great final release. They broke up shorty after this albums release, which is disappointing, considering this album shows great promise. The CD has a good replay value, and while it won't blow you away, it's an appreciated stand out work in a sea of sickening deja vu inducing bands.



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Bitstream
March 4th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a resubmitted one, lost in the hack. I wrote it in a hurry, and wish I had the other one back. Oh well.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2009


8021 Comments


ungeneric?

Bitstream
March 4th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really had no idea how to fit that. I'll thinkl of something soon.

Zippermouth
March 5th 2009


1305 Comments


Usually, I overlook bands like that, but something in them shown promise,

showed.
There are a few things that jump to mind

Its not a grammar/spelling error, but to people really say 'jump to mind?' Shouldn't it be come to mind?
I find it a definite plus that he isn't the typical metalcore singer you'd expect.

Very, very awkward.
definite plus

Please stop saying this.
Let me be the first to say, this review is incredibly awkward, choppy and pretty poorly written.

xequalscore
March 5th 2009


437 Comments


I've heard a couple songs from these guys which I enjoyed and judging by your description, I would enjoy the whole CD.

BallsToTheWall
March 5th 2009


44805 Comments


I used to love these guys around 04/05. A new album? I will find very, very soon.

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Bitstream
March 5th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wish people would stop treating this site like an effing literature contest. The point of it is to give potential buyers an idea of the CD. As long as you do that, it's fine.

gaslightanthem
March 5th 2009


5209 Comments


he was just trying to help you improve your writing man

Bitstream
March 5th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm aware. But I have high school teachers to do that for me. I'm more directing this at a friend of mine than him. Who insists "Creative Criticism" is spell checking paragraphs to death and calling my sentences "fail" or "superfail".This Message Edited On 03.05.09

SnackaryBinx
March 6th 2009


2309 Comments


I'm not gonna buy something that can't be expressed well. Take advice and don't be a faggot about it.

Zippermouth
March 6th 2009


1305 Comments


I wish people would stop treating this site like an effing literature contest.

Its not a contest???
I'm sorry if you don't like my advice, but seriously if you can't take (rude) criticism from a 14 year old you shouldn't be here.
I didn't neg you so quit bitching.This Message Edited On 03.06.09

gaslightanthem
March 6th 2009


5209 Comments


i did

Zippermouth
March 6th 2009


1305 Comments


haha I figured you would.

Bitstream
March 6th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wish people didn't think I was bitching at them.

I'm more directing this at a friend of mine than him. Who insists "Creative Criticism" is spell checking paragraphs to death and calling my sentences "fail" or "superfail".


gaslightanthem
March 6th 2009


5209 Comments


dw about it dude it's cool

Bitstream
March 6th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aaaaaaand I gratefully took the advice after I read it. It's nice to get suggestions, but at the time, I was really annoyed with the mentioned friend.

WashboardSuds
May 10th 2011


5043 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I dislike this band

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