Sea of Treachery
At Dagger's Dawn


3.0
good

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
December 30th, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's not bad. But that sure as hell doesn't mean it's good, either.

In what may seem like a horribly unrelated topic, I would like to begin with an anecdote. I took part in a musical a few weeks ago, one with quite a bit of success. And anyone with experience in that field of theatre knows the problem that comes with hearing non-stop musical numbers is at one point or another, they will get stuck in your head. In relation to this review, I was at home one night, absently humming the shows first big number, “Give Them What They Want”, while hopelessly flicking through some new metalcore albums on iTunes. Suddenly, a little light went off in my head. Is it just me, or is 80% of the 00’s metalcore just spewing garbage to ‘give ‘em what they want’? From an outside perspective, it seems as if these bands just hear the public crying a desperate plea for breakdowns, when, in actuality, we’re giving them the same expression a puppy may give an incoming steamroller. What better album to prove this (not groundbreaking) hypothesis than Sea of Treachery’s At Daggers Drawn.

The album has its ups and downs. It’s saving point seems to be the ability to be put on absently, to bob your head to it, or, if the situation permits, mosh the f*** out. You won’t find any insane riffage or complicated breakdowns. You won’t be replaying the songs for their songwriting ability, their talent, or their memorability. You most certainly won’t be playing it for a ‘brutality’ factor, either. You’ll play it because it’s so familiar. Run of the mill drop-C chugs with some catchy riffing plays in and around the inaudible bass (go figure), the average double bass loving drums, and the semi-enjoyable vocal performance. The five piece doesn’t reach any kind of zen with their playing, they just hit a sound so incredibly average, it makes for an astoundingly easy listen. Unless, of course, you’re looking for something with actual meat on the bones, and get fed up after the eighth breakdown (Which occurs somewhere in the third song. Seriously.)

Although this band sounds like the aural equivalent of a mugging at this point, they’re legitimately not that awful. The album has many pro’s, such as great flow, a non overuse of blast beats, and a listenable sound. Also, the vocalist is the only reason the album doesn’t crash and burn somewhere in the first few songs. Mixing a good amount of highs and lows, he makes the songs somewhat enjoyable, a job countless other singers can barely aspire to.

Certain highlight songs on the album have the potential to blow the rest out of the water, such as “An Endless Cycle of Torture” and “On the Wings of Pegasus”. Some, undoubtedly, have the unfortunate ability to be completely inseparable from the others. They usually come in the sadly familiar form of hit-and-miss moments. Examples would be sparse clean vocal choruses with far too much production that come of as half assed attempts at further defining average metalcore, awkwardly found only about four times over the course of the album.

In the end, it’s the familiar game of giving the people what they want. Forty three minutes of the same song over and over again would please a crowd that wants to be entertained, but not one that wants substance.

Sadly, like a tired old hooker, people just keep coming back for more.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sspedding
December 30th 2009


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review and very accurate. I don't know why I like this so much because there isn't much that is good about it. However I just can't help but give this record a roll every now and again.

WhiteWallStargazers
December 30th 2009


2647 Comments


I agree with sspedding, album isn't groundbreaking at all, but yet i listen to it a fair amount

Phantom
December 30th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

chuuuuuuuuuuuuggggg

Bitstream
December 30th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I talked with my drum teacher before I wrote this. It's so astoundingly average, but it's worth listening to. Just because it's so easy to bob along to. And yes, phantom, chuuuuugggg does wrap it up nicely.

sspedding
December 30th 2009


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

THE TIME HAS COME TOOOOOO, PAY THE PRIIIIICE

sspedding
December 30th 2009


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

generic metalcore done well if you will..

Bitstream
December 30th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I totally have a shirt that says "This is our destiny, you can't turn these ships around" on the back.

supertouchox2
December 30th 2009


1062 Comments


awesome review, this album bored me so quick.

Bitstream
December 31st 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the weirdest thing, boring, yet you might keep it and listen to it again every once and a while.

hipnotoad
December 31st 2009


207 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"It's not bad. But that sure as hell doesn't mean it's good, either."

Got a slight chuckle out of this since it's rated a 3 ("good").

ThePalaceOfWisdom
December 31st 2009


1134 Comments


nevermind.

Zip
December 31st 2009


5312 Comments


Purging the wicked... ugh that is such a cliche title

witchxrapist
December 31st 2009


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

My band played a show with these guys and got a better turn out. :cool:

sspedding
December 31st 2009


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

why ain't you on sputnik then :p

witchxrapist
December 31st 2009


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Because we put out a 3 song demo and then we broke up.

And we've only played one show in the past year.

http://myspace.com/paraphiliasoontochange

/vox

Third song's vox = results of sinus infection.

Oh and it was at a local venue.

witchxrapist
December 31st 2009


11057 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

And overall we've probably only played like 10-12 shows lol.

mechatanner
October 7th 2010


269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very nice review, and very true. you get a pos, simply for pointing out how flooded the music world is with metalcore.

J0ckstrapsFTW
May 2nd 2012


3659 Comments


First breakdown in Purging of the wicked always makes me think of scene kids flailing their arms lol



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