Before Their Eyes
Untouchable


2.0
poor

Review

by Steven Spedding USER (17 Reviews)
March 18th, 2010 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Before Their Eyes - consistently inconsistent

Post hardcore band Before Their Eyes are a band that has continually flattered to deceive. With two full lengths, a self titled album and “The Dawn of my Death” under their belt they acquired the reputation of band with undoubted potential but one which was lacking in focus. Despite the inconsistency of their previous efforts they had conjured a stable base of devoted fans that were drawn to what was an almost unique sound, arguably going against the current trends of post hardcore they produced. There has been transformation in modern post hardcore following the rapid rise in popularity of neighbouring genre melodic metalcore. Before Their Eyes were seen as one of the few post hardcore bands distancing themselves from adapting their sound accordingly. Could they extend upon this, staying true to their roots and finally realise their potential?


Unfortunately not, while they seem to experiment profusely with the sound in album “Untouchable” they flirt with genres that are often plagiarised by a multitude of bands and tend to follow a generic song writing style throughout. Before Their Eyes try their hand at being the jack of all trades assembling a record consisting predominantly of metalcore, radio friendly pop punk and even a hamfisted attempt at country. Unfortunately, it comes across as disjointed and bland. Most alarming is that the record is barely marketable to fans of either pop punk or of metalcore, primarily because of its obvious lack of quality but because the album is so blatantly split between the two genres. The pop punk comes across as a vastly inferior alternative to Mayday Parade while the metalcore sounds like a product of their label mates “Attack Attack!” without the syrupy keys.

The band's focus seems blurred more than ever as the catchy hooks of “The Dawn of my Death” are traded for chugged palm mutes and mindless arpeggios for the most part. Melody has not been completely eradicated as lead vocalist Nick Moore pours out his melodic cleans to better effect than in their past releases, he is utilised to better effect in the poppy areas of the album. Songs like “Sing To Me”, while being painfully vacant in the lyrical department are reasonably pleasant and exhibit the more positive melodic side of Before Their Eyes.

Instrumentally there is nothing extraordinary to report, all musicians seem competent on their weapons of choice but rarely venture into anything that could be considered creative. Drummer Jarret Hottman is the only member who comes out with any real credibility, his use of the sticks proves to be the main highlight of the album. The vocals are adequate, typical dual vocalists provide relative variation with harsh screams and melodic cleans.

In conclusion, the album is hampered not only by the numerous misplaced breakdowns but by the fact the band has become another faceless, record company cash cow and has in due course alienated its previous fans. You won’t find any post hardcore on here.

Recommended songs:
Hell or High Water – for the only good breakdown on the whole album
Sing To Me



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americanohno
March 18th 2010


1601 Comments


You can't touch this
You can't touch this
You can't touch this
You can't touch this
You can't touch this

My, my, my music hits me so hard
Makes me say "Oh my Lord"
Thank you for blessing me
With a mind to rhyme and two hype feet
It feels good, when you know you're down
A super dope homeboy from the Oaktown
And I'm known as such
And this is a beat, uh, you can't touch

I told you homeboy (You can't touch this)
Yeah, that's how we living and you know (You can't touch this)
Look at my eyes, man (You can't touch this)
Yo, let me bust the funky lyrics (You can't touch this)

Fresh new kicks, advance
You gotta like that, now you know you wanna dance
So move, outta your seat
And get a fly girl and catch this beat
While it's rolling, hold on
Pump a little bit and let 'em know it's going on
Like that, like that
Cold on a mission so fall them back
Let 'em know, that you're too much
And this is a beat, uh, you can't touch

Yo, I told you (You can't touch this)
Why you standing there, man? (You can't touch this)
Yo, sound the bell, school is in, sucka (You can't touch this)

Give me a song, or rhythm
Make 'em sweat, that's what I'm giving 'em
Now, they know
You talking about the Hammer you talking about a show
That's hype, and tight
Singers are sweating so pass them a wipe
Or a tape, to learn


sspedding
March 18th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

yo point out any errors please.

WhiteWallStargazers
March 18th 2010


2647 Comments


They have two full lengths out . . . you only mentioned an EP and Dawn of My Death

sspedding
March 18th 2010


4773 Comments

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good point.

dropout
March 18th 2010


74 Comments


you used an extraordinary amount of run-ons.

"Post hardcore band Before Their Eyes are a band that has continually flattered to deceive, with an EP and full length “The Dawn of my Death” under their belt they acquired the reputation of band with undoubted potential but one which was lacking in focus."

"There has been transformation in modern post hardcore following the rapid rise in popularity of neighbouring genre melodic metalcore, Before Their Eyes were seen as one of the few post hardcore bands distancing themselves from adapting their sound accordingly."

just edit the length of your sentences a bit.


other than that it is purty much perfect

sspedding
March 18th 2010


4773 Comments

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Cheers buster. Welcome to the site.

axetofall517
March 18th 2010


63 Comments

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they're obviously trying to sound more 'pop' but still can't shake the stale screaming and breakdowns. and the 'pop' songs on this album suck hard.

axetofall517
March 18th 2010


63 Comments

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who gave this shit a 5? god

bloc
March 18th 2010


34951 Comments

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As much as this sucks, the end of Hell or High Water is awesome

sspedding
March 18th 2010


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i think the metal songs are worse tbh besides the last one.

bloc
March 18th 2010


34951 Comments

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I like that song plus Hey Dude!

sspedding
March 18th 2010


4773 Comments

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bloc, i was doing something when i was listening to the album first time and that breakdown suddenly came and i swear my ears perked up like cats ears. That alone probably clinched this as a 2 and not a 1.5.

bloc
March 18th 2010


34951 Comments

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WOOOOOOOOOORD ME TOO

I was fully awake and rocking to Hey Dude in the beginning and then I start dozing off until the last song comes on and I hear that OH OH OH OH echo thing during the last breakdown, holy hell I was in love.

sspedding
March 18th 2010


4773 Comments

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Haha, yeah that echo was well cool. I don't know what that sound was before it? I'm pretty sure it wasn't the double bass pedal, idk.

bloc
March 18th 2010


34951 Comments

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Really reminds of I KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW OH OH OH from Bring Me the Horizon.

That fill is probably just some electronic percussion, courtesy of Mr. Sturgis.

sspedding
March 18th 2010


4773 Comments

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Yeah, Miss May I have a few glossy vocal effects like that. Its amazing how many albums like this get such clean production these days. Even when I think back to albums like The Darkest Red, only from 2005 there was none of this crazy stuff used.

bloc
March 18th 2010


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

It's starting to piss me off though, these young bands are starting to focus too much on "sounding" good rather than actually "being" good. But whatever, they go where the money tells them to...

Zip
March 19th 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Can you really blame them? No one wants to be poor and these guys didn't really break through with their last album.

Killler9
March 19th 2010


147 Comments


I hope you're wrong. and decent review.

sspedding
March 19th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

wrong about the rating?



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