Glass Casket
We Are Gathered Here Today...


4.5
superb

Review

by Probably the last mimsy USER (9 Reviews)
December 17th, 2009 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deathcore done right.

Glass Casket is a Deathcore band that includes two members of the progressive death metal band Between the Buried and Me. They formed in 2001 under the name “Gadrel” and released a demo entitled To Cherish a Falsity. They have since released two albums under the Glass Casket name: We are Gathered Here Today (2004) and Desperate Man’s Diary (2006). They are currently slated to release a third album in late 2009, but this date has not been substantiated.

Glass Casket is:
Adam Cody - vocals
Jake Troth - guitar
Dustie Waring - guitar (currently guitar - Between the Buried and Me)
Sid Menon - bass guitar, clean vocals
Blake Richardson - drums (currently drummer - Between the Buried and Me)

Deathcore is a tricky business. On one hand, it strips away the technicality found in Death Metal, leaving more of a sonic assault than music. On the other, it adds elements found in Metalcore and Hardcore, i.e. occasional clean vocals, breakdowns and more varied vocal styles. To me at least, this sounds rather nice on paper. However, most Deathcore bands revert to the same formula as most every Metalcore band has recently. Either a “Well, it worked for Botch…why won’t it work for us?” lack of originality, or an “Everyone else seems to be doing it, and it’s popular.” inbred type mindset. I mean “inbred” in that it’s just slowly diluting an already simplified genre. Amongst this flood of mediocrity, few bands have stepped above the rest. I am happy to say that Glass Casket is one of these few. Utilizing top-notch vocals, technical (to my ear) guitars, and excellent drumming; We are Gathered Here Today is Deathcore at its finest.

Starting off with Pencil Lead Syringe, there is no breather, no dramatic build up, just pure aural beating. The message is clear: sit down, shut up, -grab onto something sturdy- and enjoy the ride. The first thing you may notice, is the guitar tone. It can be very “buzzy” and sounds like some mechanical fly from hell. This is actually a good thing. It becomes somewhat of a staple and shtick, and you know from a few seconds that this is a Glass Casket song. There are a few solos implemented throughout, such as in Fisted and Forgotten. However, they are not used to the extent I would have liked, and are spaced too far apart. That said, the guitarists use many of what one might call “mini-solos” (think August Burns Red), which keeps the riffs and guitar playing in general from getting stale. The drumming is also top-notch, even in a genre where fast is a given. Blake puts on quite a clinic, and –in my opinion- blows away his work in BTBAM, at least in the speed and “br00talitee” aspects. With lightning fast fills and double-bass, coupled with at times schizophrenic drumming, Blake quite easily holds up the rhythm portion.

The bass, well, is pretty inaudible. From what I can hear, it resorts to the “-core” mentality of just sitting there and doing what’s needed. No amazing lines or anything of the sort, which is sad considering the talent displayed by the rest of the band. The bass player’s (Sid Menon) biggest contribution is his use of clean vocals, most notably in In Between the Sheets. Nothing all that special, but it gives the band more variety and options in song writing. Thankfully however, the cleans never become the main focus (here’s looking at you Killswitch). The lyrics seem to have somewhat of a theme throughout, which would be a funeral (hence: We are Gathered Here Today ) . They are fairly open to interpretation, from vaguely violent to repentant to seemingly open questions to God. I will admit I’m not very good at deciphering lyrics, but these seem to be pretty clear:

A Gray A.M. You Will Never Get To See
Quote:
To die then would mean to be with my sister, but if I had then I would have
missed out on this dream I've had for so long.
It just goes to show what a girl like Erin with an enormous heart and a
talent to make the world smile could have done if she was still alive.
While on the topic of vocals, one would be remiss in not mentioning the offerings of lead vocalist Adam Cody. Vocals can be a bit of a double-edged sword in Death Metal especially. They are usually not the main focus of the music, in contrast to Pop and Rock, where vocals can make or break a band. At the same time though, terrible vocals will ruin a band’s sound, which is really all a band has. Cody thankfully does not fall into either category actually. Instead he gets as much exposure as the rest of the band, merging impressive lows that can only be described as “brutal” with highs and everything in between, Cody shows off
his sizeable vocals chops in every track here.

I originally only had downloaded a few tracks from We are Gathered Here Today. Doing so blinded me to a potential problem for some I am sure: Repetition. A common problem, many bands seem to think since their stale sound works for one song, why not the rest? The catch is as follows; Glass Casket’s sound is not stale. So the question is, can a (sometimes) repetitive sound ruin an album, even if that sound is executed exceptionally? It is a question that needs to be answered by the individual listening at the time, and I say that in this case it does not. All in all, We are Gathered Here Today is an excellent Deathcore album. It combines the best of the genres from its namesake. Breakdowns are heavy, yet kept to a minimum. Clean vocals are executed decently and used sparingly, a pitfall many –core bands dive into headlong. Guitars shred at overdrive, displaying speed and skill, without becoming a pissing contest. Drums are superb, switching from blast beats and speedy fills, to intricate double-bass patterns at the drop of a hat. So to make a long story short, this is good. Not a Big Mac when you’re kinda hungry, but a Double Double from In N Out when you are starving. Those that know In N Out can dig that comparison. So all this is to say, We are Gathered Here Today is a very good album that is most definitely worth having in your collection, especially if you are a fan of Deathcore.

Recommended Tracks:

Pencil Lead Syringe
In Between the Sheets
And So It Was Said
Scarlet Paint and Gasoline



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Emim
December 17th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thought I'd try a different format this time. Still a few errors I just caught, but it's freaking late and I am going to bed. I'll fix them in the morning.

Band rules in case you didn't catch that.

DeadToPain
December 17th 2009


694 Comments


Your avatar makes me giggle. "Holy Shit! They've gone plaid!"
Never really got into these guys, but I guess I should give them another go-around judging by your review.

Waior
December 17th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heard 'Between the Sheets' a little over a year ago, it was pretty fun.

Digging: Hey Rosetta! - Second Sight

Relinquished
December 17th 2009


25219 Comments


Yeah this is pretty good.

RagingStorm
December 17th 2009


509 Comments


Nice review, this sounds interesting.

BallsToTheWall
December 17th 2009


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

About the time this record came out, I didn't even know what metalcore was, yet still really dug this album. Chew Your Fingers and In Between The Sheets made my day consistently. Solid review.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

crestacious
December 17th 2009


22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome, glad to see this on here. I got to see them several times back around 2004ish

HighandDriving
December 17th 2009


3288 Comments


Ya this is one of the only good deathcore release.

Good review, pos'd.

Slimjim367
December 17th 2009


512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

loved these guys for years
im pretty sure that late 2009 release has been moved to middle 2010 at this point

great review
well done
pos'd

Slimjim367
December 17th 2009


512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

loved these guys for years
im pretty sure that late 2009 release has been moved to middle 2010 at this point

great review
well done
pos'd

Emim
December 17th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah these guys are pretty awesome, and one of the few deathcore bands I can stand (The Red Chord, All Shall Perish, Depised Icon, Animosity, etc). I used to hate the guitar tone, but I quite like it now.

Your avatar makes me giggle. "Holy Shit! They've gone plaid!"


"I see your schwartz is as big as mine..."

DeadToPain
December 17th 2009


694 Comments


"You see, evil will always triumph over good because good is dumb."

ikarus
December 17th 2009


565 Comments


jake troth lived next door to me freshman year of college no lie

albums okay, couple songs are just plain boring though

cvlts
December 17th 2009


8967 Comments


album is effin brutal. good review

Emim
December 17th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn the clean vocals on "In Between the Sheets" sound way emo.


They're not too bad though.


Dark Helmet: Did you see anything?
Colonel Sandurz: No, sir! I didn't see you playing with your dolls again.
Dark Helmet: GOOD!



Emim
December 17th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I think just another semi-spoken word section might have worked better. I'm not a big fan of so called "emo" vocals, especially in heavier genres.

IRAI
December 17th 2009


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great album, very underrated imo.

Emim
December 18th 2009


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^This

Grimlin
December 20th 2009


862 Comments


The lyrics in A Grey A.M. are about his sister. I think she died in a car crash or something. Love this album. Better than the follow-up imo.

Emim
January 3rd 2010


26646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought that was what they were from, but I wasn't sure enough to put it in.



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