FACT
In the Blink of an Eye


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hunter Ramirez USER (39 Reviews)
January 19th, 2010 | 31 replies | 21,121 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For "In the Blink of an Eye" see side B...

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

FACT busted through the scene last year with quite a remarkable self-titled album, which gave them quite a few fans in high places such as fellow bands iwrestledabearonce, A Parkway Drive, and Memphis Mayfire. It was praised by fans and critics alike for it's diverse sound. However this was not the band's first ever release, back in the band's "rise to fame" days they released a number of albums which were less diverse and more along the lines of post-hardcore then anything. Why mention this? Because in several ways 'In the Blink of an Eye' is a return to form, but it is not the wisest decision.

Does this make 'In the Blink of an Eye' a bad album? NO! This is still a great, fun, and energetic listen as the last. This band tries to simplify things a little bit, with less experimentation and less in-song genre switches. In fact this band tries to return to their punk laden roots as aforementioned, most of the songs have really strong punk overtones. A disappointing factor, but that doesn't mean this album isn't worth a listen, hell if you loved the self-titled you'll love this on a similar level to be sure.

The album opener and title track is easily and best described as a punk song, there isn't much diversity on this track, however it's still an a bounce off the walls song to have fun to. "This is the End" in my opinion should've been the album opener cause it seriously just grabs you when you take a listen to that opening riff and you finally get to hear some of the heaviness and aggression that was very well liked by this group, and then the lead singer begins to display more of his punk influences by trying a somewhat hardcore punk yell, before he slows it down (slightly) for a more metallic riff. "Slip of the Lip" is a tough contender for the band's catchiest song and is one of the album's best songs, much in the vein of "A Fact of Life" it blends punk, alternative, metal, and breakbeat altogether into a fine blend. "Silent Night" opens up with some fine and dandy metallic riffing which bursts into a punk style, until a the band unleashes with an almost deathcore moment I was actually surprised, before going back to the punk style with some alternative overtones. Indeed one of my personal favorite songs off the album. "Dec 2" opens up with a metallic hardcore riff before laying into an alternative style. Damn this catchy riff! It's pure genius! "Part of it all" is a hardcore punk song with gang vocals heavily infused. "1-3" is a nintendocore song much in the vein of "1-2" except without the remix part, it's actually a different listen. "Behind a Smile" is the band picking up on recent trends *cough cough* autotune, and is easily one of the most breakbeat songs the band has ever produced, and still has that punk flowing energy behind it. While "Fade" is one of the most alternative songs the band has ever produced with some light breakbeat influences in there. "Risk of Disorder" wouldn't be too hard to picture on a Underoath album, and shows a heavy pop rock style, it's a certainly powerful song to be sure. "Goodbye to Good Morning" shows all the above mentioned influences and shows it's energy, and emotion into a powerful listen. The album closer "Sunset" is a punk rock much like the title track, and with energy, emotion heavily infused together, it makes for a great song.

All in all other then a strange choice in simplification, there is little problem with this album. In fact the album flows together just as well as the first one did, Hiro's has been given more time to learn english and it shows, most of his words come of as clear, just as they intended it to be. However given all of this, the band is deciding to stop switching to genres in mid-song and sticks to more "here's our heavy song, and here's our punk song". Less standout moments and originality suffer. If you loved the debut, then you'll love this album too, and that's a FACT!

Recommended Songs-
Slip of the Lip
Silent Night
Risk of Disorder
Goodbye to Good Morning



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThePalestMexican
January 19th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Constructive criticisms are always welcome!

Knott-
Emeritus
January 19th 2010



10194 Comments


cant believe i havent heard this yet

bloc
January 19th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it's not as good as the debut. but i've only listened once so far.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Knott-
Emeritus
January 19th 2010



10194 Comments


getting now

not gonna read the review until ive écoutéd

fromtheinside
January 20th 2010



17638 Comments


i still need to get the debut.

Digging: Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails

KritikalMotion
January 20th 2010



2261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

guessing this will be a 3.5. sounds like they've stripped some of the more interesting parts.

edit: it's getting better, very solid so far. this band is hated on so much around the net, strange.

bloc
January 20th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

they're hated a lot, Motion? i had no idea actually.

Mordecai.
January 20th 2010



8270 Comments


Motion was severely abused as a child. We cannot trust him.

ThePalestMexican
January 20th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

They're hated? Thier self-titled got some pretty awesome reviews, this isn't a bad CD at all, but they're capable of better.

PirateSquid
January 24th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Some Magazine gave FACT a 1 because they're stupid shits :I

A lot of people on the net don't really get FACT either and give it some hate which it doesn't deserve.

bloc
January 24th 2010



34649 Comments

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how the hell is the rating for this tied with the debut? unbelievable.

ThePalestMexican
January 25th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Not with me, I gave the debut a 4.5 in my review (it was a 5 at first, but I knocked it down for good measure).
This is a pretty good album, but it's a step down to be sure.

bloc
January 25th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Definitely a step down. Hell, I have the debut at 5.

PirateSquid
January 25th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I don't see how it's that bad.
It's basically just as good as the debut, but has less genre variety.

bloc
January 25th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Exactly man, but i might up this to 4 still. This lacks all that freshness and constrast that the debut had. Some were pop, some were post-hardcore and so on. With this album, every song sticks to one style.

PirateSquid
January 25th 2010



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Welll, you have your Pop-Punk/Post-Hardcore 'Slip of the Lip', your metalcore/J-Pop 'Silent Night', your definitely more poppy 'Behind a Smile', and your J-Rocky/Hardcore closing song.

It's not bad in terms of variety, simply the debut offered so much more.

bloc
January 25th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

In other words, it is bad in terms of variety when compared to the debut.

bloc
January 29th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I listened to this again, it seemed better. Looks like you guys were right.

tkxxx7
February 6th 2010



6148 Comments


I'm gonna listen, sounds interesting. Never listened to the them before.

bloc
February 6th 2010



34649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Du it.



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