From First to Last
Throne to the Wolves


1.5
very poor

Review

by Taylor Jermolajew USER (39 Reviews)
March 13th, 2010 | 51 replies | 7,081 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You know those unshaven fat chicks who show up at parties and try to get laid? This is what would happen if they had kids.

4 of 9 thought this review was well written

Fact: Phillip Reardon was the best vocalist From First to Last ever had. Fact: Sonny Moore was a horrendous vocalist in regards to technique but somehow fit the music the band made relatively well. Fact: Matt Good always fails at everything he ever attempts to do (this includes standing up whilst urinating).

When From First To Last started out they were more or less the average pop-core band; Thrice-rip off riffs, primarily clean vocals with a few screams thrown about and a nice dose of scene-hair. In that regard the band was a great template for future douche-bands like Escape the Fate and I Am Ghost. Despite being the prime example of bad music, the band weren’t unskilled and slowly it seemed as if they were starting to learn how to write songs.

In 2006, the band released Heroine which was as close as they ever came to moving beyond their generic origins, incorporating interesting riffs, fills and electronics in an attempt to make music that could be listened to as something other than a passing fad. Then Sonny Moore left, to some this was a good thing as they believed his whiny vocals were a detriment to the band but as evidenced by the band’s self-titled album this was not the case. With Moore gone, the band struggled to find their identity and because of this they fell back on their pop-core roots, bringing a nice slab of boring to the table.

Throne To The Wolves (Yes that is seriously the title), is essentially the same thing, however, there are a few additions to the album to try and separate it from their self-titled release. To put it simply the formula for Throne To The Wolves is; Dear Diary+Matt Good’s vocals+Attack Attack. Literally nothing has changed for the band in the six years since the release of their debut album, except that certain popular trends have risen that weren’t around back then.

Matt Good’s vocals are as limited as ever (hence why he should’ve remained a backing vocalist) never moving beyond his comfort zone and containing about as much emotion as one might find in a Pascal multiplication program. Making a return from the Dear Diary days are harsh vocals (although appearing less frequently) and goddamn do they suck; being exactly the same as every generic belch that is so common in today’s pop-core scene. Adding to this is the first dose of the Attack Attack syndrome the band picked up and that’d be a little friend known as auto-tune. Featured in a rather dominant sense in the final two tracks of the album, the use of the effect is a perfect example of just how much the band relies on passing trends instead of having original ideas. Add to this the hilariously lame “Woo’s” featured in the tracks “Cashing Out” and “I’ll Inoculate The World With My Virus Of Dissillusionment” and you’ve got yourself a bucket of laugh-out-loud moments without even touching the instrumental side of the album.

As always Derek Bloom is a big fish in a little pond being the best member without even having to try, his drumming a constant reminder that if they band weren’t plagued with incredibly bad ideas they might actually be capable songwriters. The guitar work has improved slightly but it’s not as if you’re going to find yourself wowed by anything, the bass as always gets to do a big nothing sitting underneath the guitars following them note for note. The other aspect added to the band is the occasional return to the sound they had on Heroine by adding synth lines and electronics throughout the album but much like the rest of the album's “new ideas” they seem more like a gimmick than an actual piece of the music and as such make the listen even less interesting than it already was.

When it comes right down to it, From First To Last is over, it’s time to throw in the towel and stop riding on passing trends in an attempt to remain relevant in today’s scene. This album is the final nail in the band’s coffin, certifying that their time is up. Time to grow up and dust off that McDonald’s uniform boys, your career is over.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Emim
March 13th 2010



26570 Comments


Pop-core...


hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Ire
March 13th 2010



41753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i really need to nut up and finish my review.



ThePalaceOfWisdom
March 13th 2010



1134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wait a while til mine gets some fanboys angry I want to hear what they've got to say.

Emim
March 13th 2010



26570 Comments


Seriously, this review is better than the last of yours that I read. Still has some grammatical issues, but it's better.

Ire
March 13th 2010



41753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

its kinda funny... that's rare on this site

ThePalaceOfWisdom
March 13th 2010



1134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wasn't rare back in the day,

PinkBlackberry
March 13th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Pretty well written review, But I agree with literally nothing you say. Minus the fact that Phillip Reardon was a damn fine vocalist, and Sonny Moore sounded like a cat being molested by a vacuum cleaner. and he looked like it too.

Comatorium.
March 13th 2010



4103 Comments


droppin teh lulz

sspedding
March 13th 2010



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

palaceofwisdom at his provocative best.

Good review, unfortunately.

Zip
March 13th 2010



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Phillip Reardon was the best vocalist From First to Last ever had
No.

laugh-out-load
Typo?

Pop-core isn't a really genre. Also your snide attempts of humor got kind of lame after your Escape The Fate reviews. And that was years ago.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
March 13th 2010



1134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pop-core isn't a really genre.


Also your snide attempts of humor got kind of lame after your Escape The Fate reviews. And that was years ago.

wanna cry about it?

Zip
March 13th 2010



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Considering it. But I'll need a sad song... like Cellar Door or something.

Emim
March 13th 2010



26570 Comments


I want to cry about it...

:'(

Jips
March 13th 2010



1129 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

enjoyed the review man...

was a bit over-the-top and difficult to take seriously... but enjoyable none the less...

Comatorium.
March 13th 2010



4103 Comments


was not funny.

Thompsonhunt
March 13th 2010



279 Comments


you take them too seriously man, obviously poppy punky scene music isn't your style...so why review them? I'm sure you can pick up a paramore album and rant just as you ranted here, but in the end, is there really a point? Is there a point to any of sputnik reviews? prolly not. /rant

ThePalaceOfWisdom
March 13th 2010



1134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you take them too seriously man, obviously poppy punky scene music isn't your style...so why review them? I'm sure you can pick up a paramore album and rant just as you ranted here, but in the end, is there really a point? Is there a point to any of sputnik reviews? prolly not. /rant


Never thought I'd read this argument on the site again. Welcome to 2008, I like Paramore for the record, I also like other pop-punk bands that may fall that scenesters listen to i.e. TBS, MCR, etc. This album is just bad and what do you mean I take them too seriously? Last I checked they weren't releasing comedy albums and they aren't even mildly self-aware so I'd hazard a guess they want to be taken seriously.

sspedding
March 13th 2010



4752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just thought I'd point out the you mention band is called Attack Attack!

Not Attack Attack.

Thompsonhunt
March 13th 2010



279 Comments


Well that's cool you like Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance and are able to see a VAST difference in how awesome the music is. I suppose these guys are just doing it flat out wrong, I mean Matt Good is literally not emotional enough, and that damn auto tune, UGH! Tell 'em!

ThePalaceOfWisdom
March 14th 2010



1134 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I dunno if that was meant to be some sort of smart ass remark. But seriously beyond the hot chick avatar you're not doing much good for yourself.



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