Touche Amore
Touche Amore


4.5
superb

Review

by ShadowAmI USER (6 Reviews)
December 6th, 2009 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you liked "...To The Beat of A Dead Horse", check this out because it is basically more of the same, and the same is awesome.

Touche Amore’s first demo is a strong one. It combines elements of hardcore and emo music in a way which exceeded all of my expectations. First off, upon discovering this band, I thought it was going to be mediocre at best. It was probably naive of me to think this but I mean they are a new hardcore band from Los Angeles, that’s reason enough to assume them to be generic. Therefore I must thank SlightlyEpic for putting Touche’s full length, “…To the Beat of a Dead Horse”, on his blog, because if he hadn’t I never would have given this band a chance.

Okay so after listening to their full length in its entirety, I was blown away. The album is very hard hitting, and it left me as drained as it left me starving for more Touche Amore. Even though I loved the full length I still didn’t have high expectations for this release because 1. It is the first demo by the band so they may still have been developing their sound, and 2. This demo had two previous versions of lesser songs from the full length on it, Broken Records and Honest Sleep. Those two tracks make up one fourth of the whole thing.

After listening once I have to say it left me in a very similar way as I was left after listening to the full length, drained. The two previous versions of songs from the full length proved to be just as worthy as their remakes, and the other six songs were downright outstanding. They are all extraordinarily simple yet dense and hard hitting. I thought the demo left more of a mark after one listen than the full length, which may be a good thing or a bad thing. It could be good for obvious reasons, but it could potentially be a bad thing because if you love something immediately it may not have lasting power like all albums that are considered ‘classic’ have. I have given this four or five listens, and my opinion remains the same.

Out of eight tracks, only two of them venture above the two minute mark, making this an extremely short release at only fourteen and a half minutes total. The album really is a short, hard hitting burst of emotion. A fitting example would be the song “Huckleberry”. This song is full of emotional lyrics and powerful song writing. It contains some of my favorite lyrics on the album:

Take this time to remember what we've done and what we've accomplished
I dont want to be known regrettably
I'd prefer a coffin to a shoe box and the ocean to dirt and rocks
I'd prefer to sink miles deep than have this opened again
I'm a time capsule that never had much of a soul
Smooth the soil, burn the maps, I'm not ever coming back
Bury me.

This demo is just as catchy as it is emotional. The song Honest Sleep, a song remade for the full length, has a very infectious chorus that sticks with you.

If you liked "...To The Beat of A Dead Horse", check this out because it is basically more of the same, and the same is awesome.

Overall Track Ratings:
Negotiating the Charade: 4.5
Huckleberry: 5
WeHateFredPhelps.Com: 4
Broken Records: 4.5
Hipsterectomy: 4.5
Changing Lanes: 4
Scene is to be Seen: 3.5
Honest Sleep: 5



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ShadowAmI
December 6th 2009


1542 Comments


first review, constructive criticism would be nice :]

kitsch
December 6th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is a demo not an ep

ShadowAmI
December 6th 2009


1542 Comments


shit

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2009


17215 Comments


either way it's a damn good release

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

ShadowAmI
December 6th 2009


1542 Comments


all better :D

Prophet178
December 6th 2009


6397 Comments


Good first try, but the review is a little too casual in my opinion. For your next review you might want to try and force yourself to not use I Me and My and reword your sentences accordingly. The only place that it's generally a good idea to use the first person is the introduction and sometimes the closing, other than that the bulk of the review should be in the third person. Just something to consider.

If you want to keep your style like this, thats fine too, but a couple things I would still stay away from: personal statements, we don't really need to know who told you about the album or how you acquired it (especially if its done in an illegal way), talk a little bit more about the actual music besides just saying it's catchy.

Hope to see some more reviews from you though dude.




ShadowAmI
December 6th 2009


1542 Comments


thanks ill keep all of that in mind

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2009


16089 Comments


Your username rules obviously

liledman
December 6th 2009


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah there is probably a bit too much about how you acquired the album and talking about the full length etc, and not enough about the actual music. Try putting in more detail about the reasons why you were 'blown away'.

These guys are sweet. Demo and full length are some good shit.

ShadowAmI
December 6th 2009


1542 Comments


yea their full length is a serious contender for my aoty

SlightlyEpic
December 6th 2009


5780 Comments


holy shit I got name dropped in a review aaaaahhhhh

but in all serious, nice review. this demo/ep/whatever is awesome. I love the version of Honest Sleep on here, sooo gooood.

ShadowAmI
December 6th 2009


1542 Comments


i hope you feell special

SmurkinGherkin
December 23rd 2009


1769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good so far

SmurkinGherkin
January 5th 2010


1769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This actually owns bitches

ShadowAmI
January 18th 2010


1542 Comments


hey so this review sucks balls and i want it deleted

botb
January 30th 2010


9686 Comments


wehatefredphelps rules

PirateSquid
March 4th 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Scene Is to Be Seen is the lowest rated?
It's one of the best tracks >: (

SmurkinGherkin
March 4th 2010


1769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This would be really hard to rank

pmmets07
August 23rd 2010


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this better than their full length. It's darker lyrically, and screams sound more emotional.

bailar11
August 23rd 2010


2433 Comments


they good. not as good as your dig, but pretty sexy.



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