Underneath The Gun
Forfeit Misfortunes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
November 26th, 2009 | 14 replies | 7,276 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cookie cutter metalcore that is oh so sweet

1 of 1 thought this review was well written


Metalcore bands are a dime a dozen in today’s metal scene. Often seen as the ugly duckling among metalheads, and with good reason, this genre seems to spawn countless bands that use the same, tired, tedious formula again and again. Every once in a while though, a band comes through that juts the curve just a bit, and manages to stand out of the crowd. One of these bands is Underneath the Gun.

Hailing from the metalcore state of California, Underneath the Gun unleashes their form of metal on Forfeit Misfortunes. Generally sticking to the usual breakdown happy style, with some guitar leads thrown in, Underneath the Gun still manages to create a album worthy of an in depth listen. From the opening riffs in Cutting Ties, Breathing Lies, they send the listener on a chaotic spiral filled with catchy riffs, crushing breakdowns, and a variety of vocals styles. The album is chock full of relentless songs like Looking Deep in Shallow Water and Rising Words that keep the pace up tempo, and it doesn’t let up except for the 1 minute and 28 second instrumental Crescendo.

Musically this band is not overly talented, but is not mediocre at their respective instruments. The guitarists palm mute away, occasionally stopping to throw in a melodic lick or two such as the extremely catchy lead line at the 1:05 mark in Reflection of the Commonwealth. There are a high amount of breakdowns in Forfeit Misfortunes, and although this may turn some listeners away, they do not distract from the feel of the album. The drumming on this album is your atypical metalcore drumming, laying down a nice beat and rhythm, but not going above and beyond that. It helps lay the groundwork for the guitars, and this alone is enough. The bass is as always inaudible, but I will assume it, like the drums, provides backing to the guitars. The vocals are to my ears, a highlight of this album. With a range from a low growl to a high shriek and in-between, Underneath the Gun’s vocalist gives the listener a good variety, and while his vocals may get strained at some points, overall they are one of the better ones in the metalcore scene today.

Forfeit Misfortunes is not a perfect record though, not by any means. Repetition is a problem on this album. Songs seem to blend in with each other, and only the occasional melodic lead or interesting vocal line really seems to separate them. The chug-a-chug of the guitars may also drive away listeners. It is not a terrible detractor from the album, but this could have benefited from a little less input from the chugga train.

In the end it really comes down to what you are looking for. If you are looking for a original, groundbreaking metalcore album, this is not the place to be, but if you are looking for a interesting, heavy record to pique your interest, then Forfeit Misfortune may be an album to pick up.



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Forfeit Misfortunes is a respectable album that will not jump out at you through all the other bands...


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WhiteWallStargazers
November 26th 2009



2647 Comments


yep...yep....

Mordecai.
November 26th 2009



8277 Comments


but i thought these guys suck?

qwe3
November 26th 2009



21355 Comments


Musically this band is not overly talented, but is not mediocre at their respective instruments.


i think this would be better if you wrote it as: "Musically the members of the band are not overly talented, neither mediocre at their respective instruments."
and im not sure "musically" needs to be there anyways.

idk this reads more as a 3 review. i mean it comes off as "if you want something average but done really well then this record is excellent"

but it's well written man pos'd

bloc
November 26th 2009



34780 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i respect your review, but i thought this was terrible

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

DWittisarockstar
November 26th 2009



1501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There's no way the vocalist can be considered "one of the better ones in the metalcore scene today". He's awful, his lows are especially awful.

That being said, I like this album for the same reason I like most deathcore; breakdowns, trying to be overly brutal, and the mediocre-ness of it all.

Review is fine though, other than the hyperbole about the vocalist.

Nikkolae
November 26th 2009



4838 Comments


"but i thought these guys suck?"

me too...

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burnafterbreeding
November 26th 2009



1466 Comments


band is bad. review is good.

hydeyomoney
November 26th 2009



934 Comments


how do you have this at a higher rating than encmetalhead?!

PirateSquid
November 26th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually one of the better Deathcore albums I've heard in a long while.

Good shit, very enjoyable.

Ulsufyring
November 26th 2009



1724 Comments


modern metalcore is never good so i have no fear that claiming this to be awful is faulty logic in any way

DeafMetal
December 28th 2009



8588 Comments


Very mediocre. Generic sound, bad vocalist.

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Zettel
January 21st 2010



590 Comments


This album turned out to be better than I expected. It's very enjoyable, and sometimes that is just enough.

Rationalist
January 29th 2010



880 Comments


fail

Pharoh
September 9th 2011



3326 Comments



"There's no way the vocalist can be considered "one of the better ones in the metalcore scene today". He's awful, his lows are especially awful."

His lows are amazing in the awakening.



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