It Dies Today
Lividity


2.0
poor

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
September 14th, 2009 | 170 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It Dies Today have mastered the art of clichés.

What can you say about metalcore that hasn't been said already? It's already been made clear that metal "purists" have every reason to slap a degrading sticker on the genre's unsightly face; it's already been established a hundred times over that the scene has grown laughable as a whole. We all know by now that metalcore is no longer held in the highest of regards - yet some folk frolic about while proclaiming the "inevitable metalcore revival". Why? Well, there are bands like Misery Signals and August Burns Red that seem to back up the theory that the genre isn't completely doomed - but then again, there's also bands like It Dies Today who basically send the genre straight to it's grave. For all the valiant efforts that other slightly-more-tolerable bands have made to create good music, It Dies Today continually remain adamant in their career-long quest to make music bad.

Lividity is, unsurprisingly, not an exception to It Dies Today's notorious drabness: it is heavy, it is relentless and it is incredibly, incredibly boring. The record is, in a matter of terms, the perfect example of every metalcore stereotype ever thought of. It is, note for note, exactly what detractors of the genre hold against metalcore: monotonous and frequent breakdowns, completely laughable vocal delivery (both harsh and clean) and, most importantly, a cargo freighter's worth of needless chugging. Yet with all of this in mind, it's sad to say that Lividity embraces it's own mediocrity and wears it upon it's sleeve like a boy-scout badge; it's proud to be a metalcore album. Never before has such confidence been so misplaced.

What can you expect from Lividity? You can expect that newcomer Jason Wood's vocals are hardly an improvement from Nicholas Brookes' and you can expect that Chris Cappelli and Mike Hatalak's guitar talents are limited to drop-tuned palm muting and the occasional pinched harmonic. Why, you can also expect that drummer Nick Mirusso has yet to discover a cymbal other than his crash or a beat that doesn't involve a ceaseless double-bass assault. Worst of all, you can expect Lividity to be a confused listen. On songs like 'Nihility', the band switches from All That Remains-mode to Fall Out Boy-mode without a second thought while on songs like 'Life of Uncertainty', the band seems to be more satisfied to show off their perfected Inhale Exhale impression.

Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Lividity is that there is one glorious moment on the record: 'Miss October' features an extended, melodic guitar solo. The musicianship is fairly technical and extremely tasteful; the entire band plays off each other. Yet the diamond-in-the-rough interlude is disappointing because it showcases that It Dies Today, at heart, aren't completely brainless. It shows that if they tried hard enough and spent more than ten minutes writing a record, they could actually create something passable. Until that day, however, we're stuck with Lividity and the rest of metalcore is stuck with being ridiculed for it's obvious flaws. You can thank It Dies Today later.



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Waior
September 14th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Band has clearly done their paperwork and have read Joey Dunst's "So, You Want to be a Metalcore Band".

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sspedding
September 14th 2009


4773 Comments


I don't find any of this bands music tolerable.

bloc
September 14th 2009


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

dang, that was quick!

Waior
September 14th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I'd heard the albums a few times over before, so the review was a fairly quick write-up, yessir.

sspedding
September 14th 2009


4773 Comments


i downloaded one song and didn't even make it halfway through, listening to that album must have been difficult.

Waior
September 14th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I'm detoxing right now with Florence and the Machine, fret not.

Unskathed123
September 15th 2009


368 Comments


All That Remains mode and Fall Out Boy mode = same mode.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2009


17920 Comments


THIS IS A CALL TO ARMS FOR ALL WHO RECOGNIZE ROMANCE AS

Ulsufyring
September 15th 2009


1724 Comments



What can you say about metalcore that hasn't been said already? It's already been made clear that metal "purists" have every reason to slap a degrading sticker on the genre's unsightly face; it's already been established a hundred times over that the scene has grown laughable as a whole. We all know by now that metalcore is


generalize generalize generalize

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2009


17920 Comments


yeah waior talking about metal is pretty funny

Ulsufyring
September 15th 2009


1724 Comments


yeah its like waior talking about any other genre

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2009


17920 Comments


haha omg new favorite user

WhiteWallStargazers
September 15th 2009


2647 Comments


what about me chan? haha

ninjuice
September 15th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Balls is peeissed

Essence
September 15th 2009


3586 Comments


Thank you for shamelessly promoting my review.

qwe
September 15th 2009


302 Comments


It Dies Today who basically send the genre straight to it's grave.


should be its.
i know it is a minor thing but stuff like that annoys me idk

Frobenius
September 15th 2009


97 Comments


The clean vox on "Reckless Abandon" remind me of the Beach Boys for some reason.

ps shit sucks

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2009


17224 Comments


holy fuck that intro paragraph...if you're gonna talk about a "metalcore revival" then at least mention the bands like Coalesce and Cave In that have "revived" their careers and kick more ass than anything thing ABR or Misery Signals have done and will ever do.

This is the metalcore equivalent of every post-rock review I've seen where the writer slags the genre for the soft-loud dynamics.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 15th 2009


4950 Comments


123 that intro

Motiv3
September 15th 2009


8939 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Waior bashing a metalcore band, shock of the century :O :P



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