In Fear and Faith
Your World On Fire


3.5
great

Review

by shortone323 USER (4 Reviews)
April 29th, 2009 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Fear and Faith refine their previous sound while incorporating new elements on their first full length album.

In Fear and Faith's debut EP was a post hardcore record that featured good vocals, both clean and screamed, winding guitars, plenty of double bass and a backing keyboard and synth. Many bands attempt this sound, but In Fear and Faith was able to perfect it while adding their own personal touch. The backing keyboards and the pirate themed lyrics, most notably in There Be Pirates Among These Seas, along with the traditional post hardcore elements made for an "epic" sound.

After they released Voyage, they put a song titled The End up on their Myspace, which was similar in style to the songs found on their EP. Time passed, and in the efforts to promote their album, they put up Pirates the Sequel and Your World on Fire. Right away, you could tell that their style had shifted. The post hardcore elements of their debut remained, but there were also trace elements of metalcore, most notably breakdowns, which enhanced their overall sound. Pirates the Sequel is the, uh, sequel to the previously mentioned There Be Pirates Among These Seas. Right away, you can tell that the band has tightened up its sound. The guitar work has taken a step up in both quality and emphasis, replacing the keyboard as a driving force behind the songs. The keyboard has taken the backseat on this album, providing a basis for the sound, rather than the sound itself. Still, the keyboard line of There Be Pirates is found in the middle of this song, providing a link between old and new. The lyrics found in this song are similar to the ones found in the previous song, strengthening that connection to their previous album. The screamed vocals are identical to the ones found on their EP and, yes, that is a good thing.

Your World on Fire displays the band's new listenablity (thanks Bud Light). Their sound is now a lot more accessible, while retaining much of the bands previous sound. A breakdown is found right off the bat, showcasing their new metalcore element. Breakdowns are included in the song, and the album, but only in a few instances and where appropriate. The chorus showcases the bands new clean vocalist, who generally sings in a lower pitch than their old, but still possesses a decent range. Even at these lower pitches, he is able to maintain a melodic sound. The drummer does not rely on double bass on this song, and album, instead using a variety of techniques to set the tempo.

The album features five other original songs, including a re-mastered version of The End, that display In Fear and Faith's new sound. The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions is a solid song that features one of the most unnecessary guest vocals of all time, simply because the guest, Craig Owens of Chiodos, sounds so similar to the band’s vocalist, making it hard to identify where exactly he is included in the song. Relapse Collapse is the "ballad" of the album, featuring a relaxed tempo and a decreased volume. Strength in Numbers is a song about haters, which, while musically fine, annoys me because of the lyrics that seem clichéd and overused.

Also on the album is an introduction, which is absolutely useless, and two songs off their EP, The Taste of Regret and Live Love Die. If you have their EP, I would not recommend buying these, if you are shopping iTunes, unless you really enjoy the new mixes, which did not wow me at all. If you do not own their EP, I recommend you get it, because their previous material is very good.

On this album, In Fear and Faith is able to refine its previous post hardcore sound, while including new metalcore elements. This is a great album that shows great potential for this rising band.

Recommend Tracks:
Your World on Fire
Pirate The Sequel
The End


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While there is certainly room for improvement, 'Your World On Fire proves to be a refreshing listen ...


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shortone323
April 29th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Second review. I recently got back into this band and found the inspiration to write a review. Let me know how I did. I wrote this pretty quickly so there might be some errors.

xequalscore
April 29th 2009


437 Comments


First paragraph "mostly notably," try not to say "uh," third paragraph "cleans" should be "clean," and some it just reads awkward. I'm not the best to be criticizing though as I've only written 1 review myself. I find it strange that they cut back on the double bass pedal but have a more metalcore influenced sound.

BallsToTheWall
April 29th 2009


44620 Comments


Gangstas Paradise cover FTW.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

shortone323
April 30th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The "uh" was more for a personal effect. Well, the double bass may be as prevelant as it was in the last album, but its way down in the production this time. It's not really that metalcore. Just breakdowns and an more metalcore influenced structure. And yeah, I did this pretty quick because I got into a good groove. I'll fix that now.

I've havent listened to the Gangstas Paradise cover because my computer is just so screwed up right now.

CaptainMorgan13
April 30th 2009


118 Comments


I believe that this review is well written and the points that are made are valid. I overall like this band and welcome a review that doesn't completely blow like the other one.

cleary21
May 21st 2009


671 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yo whats up with the whole pirates theme thing

I'ts kind fuckin weird

cirq
May 21st 2009


9264 Comments


ifaf is gay

shortone323
May 28th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wait, what? And really, theres not much pirate themed lyrics on this album, sorry if i gave that impression.

cleary21
May 31st 2009


671 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the first two tracks have a bit of it. Album is kind of whatever. It gets boring real fast

sspedding
June 27th 2009


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Attack Attack! is gay. You lose.

TrevCore
June 29th 2009


13 Comments


awesome band..awesome cd

Comatorium.
June 29th 2009


4174 Comments


good review. mediocre band.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

degner89
August 4th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think there is tons of really catchy riffing and vocals throughout this album, and i think the standard is rather high throughout the whole album.

I rarely enjoy as many songs on an album as i do on this one

I would rather recommend the songs: Your world on fire, the taste of regret, the road to hell.., and live love die, which I think is by far the strongest songs on the album!! but thats just me.

Deff not a mediocre band!!

degner89
August 4th 2009


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Attack Attack ftw!!

xTevinx
September 28th 2009


104 Comments


I listen to them every once and a while.
But they need more synth/keys for me.

sspedding
October 5th 2009


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review albums excellent

BlindWitness
October 8th 2009


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome Sophmore LP from an awesome band!

WhiteWallStargazers
October 8th 2009


2647 Comments


they're decent

BrahTheSunGod
October 10th 2009


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm, reminds me of Devil Wears Prada minus some of the overproduction, and i like this guy's singing vocals MUCH better than TDWP's, not supasmooth sounding, this guy's got an edge to em sometimes.
Not as high? Dude he's singing the same stuff as the EP. And listen at 3:22 of "Your World On Fire". damn.

shortone323
October 27th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There's a different clean vocalist I'm pretty sure. Also, I reread some of this and don't like it lol. I might try to review something else when college slows down.



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