Beloved
Failure On


4.5
superb

Review

by jesusjuice1179 USER (6 Reviews)
March 27th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The August Burns Red of post-hardcore

I know that Beloved pre-dates August Burns Red by about 2 years, but they really are Beloved's closest contemporaries. The comparisons between the two run deep, from songwriting style to lyrical content. But, despite all of these similarities, Beloved manages to master the melodic passage-breakdown technique equally as well if not better than August Burns Red.

The song structure stays fairly consistent throughout the album, shifting from slower, melodic passages to crushing breakdowns. While this may seem somewhat generic, Beloved truly master the technique. While the melodic passages are certainly unique and interesting, it is the breakdowns that truly show Beloved's chops. Each breakdown is as heavy as the next, seemingly crushing your very soul. It is very hard to resist headbanging along with the music, as the breakdowns are just that amazing. Going back to the melodic sections; they are quite interesting, almost airy in a sense, which just makes the breakdowns even more powerful. It is worth it to check out this album for the breakdowns alone, but the instrumentation and lyrical content is also relatively impressive.

The instrumentation, while not as technical as August Burns Red, is still very good. The bass is just barely audible, and even when you can hear it, it isn't technically astounding. It nonetheless does its job adequately and provides a good backdrop to the guitars. Speaking of the guitars, you won't find the technical shredding found on an August Burns Red album here. Instead, they help to create a very relaxed atmosphere in the softer, more melodic parts, while contributing to the extreme heaviness of the breakdowns. The vocals are also very impressive. Guitarist Josh Moore provides the clean vocals of the album, and, while not whiny or annoying in any sense, doesn't particularly stand out. He simply does his job, much like the bass. The screams are fantastic. They have an incredible impact on the music, much like John Henry's vocals do for Darkest Hour. When Musten's screams hit you for the first time, it's like getting puched in the chest and being sent through an brick wall. All of the instrumentation on the album is seemingly directly focused at making the breakdowns as ridiculously heavy as possible, which makes their impact all the more forceful.

Lyrically Beloved is fairly good. Yes, they are a Christian band (August Burns Red similarities abound), but they don't bash you over the head with their views. Instead they provide an amalgamated view of (for the most part) all religions, combining the ideals of each one, instead of Christianity specifically. This allows the lyrics to become quite uplifting, especially those at the end of "Insult To Injury", instead of overly religious, preachy lyrics. The listener can easily connect with the lyrics found on the album, instead of having to go through repeated listens to even guess at what the lyrics may mean.

All in all, this is a must-have for all post-hardcore fans; and one that has been overlooked for far too long. There are very few flaws on this album, except for maybe the bass and clean vocals and slightly generic songwriting, but those can be easily ignored and the majority of their music can be thoroughly enjoyed throughout the album.



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jesusjuice1179
March 27th 2010


1784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

any criticism will be greatly appreciated

Brokenjewel
March 27th 2010


1247 Comments


I've only heard ABRs latest album and don't see much of a similarity with that - haven't heard Beloved for a long while, though.


Well written review.

jesusjuice1179
March 27th 2010


1784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i definitely heard similarities between the two, they both have those melodic passages before seg-waying into a ridiculously heavy breakdown

Brokenjewel
March 27th 2010


1247 Comments


Yeah, I'm going to check it out again. I over-listened to it when it came out and haven't heard it since. And i'm very new to ABR.

LetoAtreides
March 27th 2010


315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is one of my favorite post-hardcore albums ever.

Review isn't too bad. But I'd say avoid comparing them to other bands too much, and try organize your thoughts a bit more clearly. A lot of things seem to bleed together.

jesusjuice1179
March 27th 2010


1784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man how do i edit this, i just noticed something wrong in the first paragraph

Brokenjewel
March 27th 2010


1247 Comments


On your profile, under your profile pic it'll say 'edit your reviews'.

americanmusicmachine
March 27th 2010


3953 Comments


you didn't mention the three axe attack. pretty good review otherwise.

LetoAtreides
March 27th 2010


315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think it's under your profile picture on your account- edit my reviews. But they might have changed it.

jesusjuice1179
March 27th 2010


1784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanx for that i fixed it


and musicmachine: i didn't really feel it mattered, for the most part they play the same riffs as each other so it'd be difficult to discern how many guitars they actually had going

cvlts
March 27th 2010


8955 Comments


prty good review.
kinda disappointed you didn't talk about their use of 3 guitars (cause I find it very integral) but that's just my opinion.

bummed these guys are no more.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010


17213 Comments


I never understood the hype around these guys when this came out and I still don't now.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

jesusjuice1179
March 27th 2010


1784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hmmm....why's that sky?

cvlts
March 27th 2010


8955 Comments


because it's fucking awesome, that's why.

LetoAtreides
March 27th 2010


315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love how the breakdowns are actually somewhat creative instead of JUN JUN dundadunJUN JUN JUN

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010


17213 Comments


just never found beloved all that interesting, and at that time in my life all i listened to was post-hardcore and metalcore so yeah.

cvlts
March 27th 2010


8955 Comments


it's very simplistic and lead-guitar oriented. but what I loved most about it was the contrast between Moore and Musten, two very different vocalists.

sspedding
March 28th 2010


4761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shits real good

Jonnyborg
May 2nd 2010


232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

august's got nuthin similar with beloved, bro.

I really have no idea where you came up with that crazy idea.

RosaParks
May 5th 2010


14908 Comments


august's got nuthin similar with beloved, bro.

BREAKDOWNS, bro.




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