Review Summary: Nothing is as it seems...
The origin of the bands name is speculated to be related to the 12 Disciples of Jesus Christ. What this has to do with the rest of the review? Well, quite frankly nothing, but I really wanted to include something relatively informative so to prove that I in fact do know something about the band. And now in continuing with the trends we jump right into a horrible transitioning sentence.
I picked up this cd during my senior year of High School some three years ago, and remember being quite satisfied with their previous effort Potter’s Field
, thus convincing myself it would be worth the $12.99. Despite the fact of everything sounding familiar back then in terms of recognizable music, my youth was like a buffet of music and I had to at least try everything once. Still, one of my biggest issues then and is still now was the bands relentless attempts to incorporate saturated grunge effects with their wobbly Nu-Metal punch. Yet there we’re glimmers of sunshine in that flash flood of music like the insatiable Stay
and its musical lover Photograph
. Here the band finally improve their deliverance skills with the first few seconds of the opening track coming in like the eye of a storm
Songs like Anthem For the Underdog
and Lie To Me
we’re just what I needed back then as I remember, and if a band has the ability to connect with a certain aspect of my life then it’s already won my attention. With they’re universally painful lyrics it resonated to my soul all to well, “You say you know just who I am, But you can't imagine … But I'm still here standing, And I'm tired of backing down
” were ridiculous heart lifters. Yes they are littered with clichés and unmemorable moments of musicianship, but those aren’t necessities as they would taut the experience as a whole.
The album when viewed entirely is surely to be one of an uplifting emotional experience. Most of the lyrics do face more interpersonal struggles, and while yes everything is built by the tiring verse/chorusX2/bridge format McCoy is able to save a lot of the boring some moments. He’s certainly learned a deal since trading egos with Amy Lee, and it shows as his voice has never sounded stronger as sweetly condescends the victim, “Don’t act like an angel, You’re falling again, You’re no superhero, I found in the end, So lie to me once again and tell me everything will be alright
This Dark Day
is about as heavy as the band has ever been with a stammering bass groove just barely audible over McCoy unfortunate whiny vocals. The guitars do fall into a one trick pony of clunking around the verse until reaching a truly anti-climatic bridge. Games You Play
is another heavy c*ck rocker with its extremely muffled guitars hammering a losing battle of trying to encompass the effect of the drums. Paul’s moody vocals hit a repetitious and unimaginative note as he barrages about, “I’m taking back what’s left from all these selfish things you say, And I won’t waste another day, With all the games you play, Games you play.
” Though what can’t be denied is the bands recognition to finally make improvements to their diluted sound.
Some exceptions cannot be amended though like the fact that the band consistently chooses to appeal to the teenage demographic. The inclusion of the song Adrenaline
shows the band still has a ways to go before they’ve completely matured. Sure a song of this nature would be fine as a bonus track of sorts as it does have its proper place and time. But when I’m sitting at home reading 400 pages to catch up for lecture and, “It’s 45 minutes of love, I wanna see you push and shove, I’ll show you just how far to go, It’s time to lose all our control
” blasts into my speakers my A.D.D. mind can’t help but wander about aimlessly. I think who pays for a 45 minute concert? Is that what this inane tirade is about? Or is he referring to the listening experience? Surely he can’t think I should proceed to kick my roommates’ teeth in. Hmmm… Teeth. I need toothpaste…
Ok so anyway, along that cringe worthy performance there’s also the redundant rock radio inspiration Arms of A Stranger
. Providing their best Nickelback impersonation things ultimately don’t go over so well. As it comes off serving as a reminder for those who forgot their earlier hit, Lie To Me
. Thankfully aside from the minor missteps the band has given an outing with the positives outweighing the negatives. Hey Love
swoops in with its country twanged guitars to offer some more depth in what was beginning to look like a puddle. If you can ignore the sometimes atrocious lyrics delivered from a nasally McCoy you’ll find yourself enjoying the melody and pop to this one. The duet guitars of acoustic and amniotic space sounds are incorporated well as they dance off of each beautifully.
Yes, everything here on this cd is geared for the radio. Yes, every single song except Adrenaline
deal with relationships or its effects. And yes no one ss going to remember the band for the release. I really wish this was heading somewhere with a clever “but” to be interjected and establish a maybe moot point. Alas it was only to readdress the key points of the album and perceive a conclusion. Thank you.