Call Us Forgotten
A Crusade For The Broken EP


4.0
excellent

Review

by promiseswept USER (14 Reviews)
April 14th, 2010 | 15 replies | 7,099 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Crusade For The Broken proves there is good metalcore. Here's to progression.

Call Us Forgotten has been around since May of 2007. After 2 years, countless member changes, and impossibly difficult monetary odds, A Crusade For The Broken was digitally released on May 2nd, 2010.

Call Us Forgotten is:
Josh Oliveri: Vocals (guitar/bass on the record)
Kory Thielen: Drums, Vocals

No bands in metalcore are trying anything new these days it seems. Band after band falls into the traps that plague their counterparts, from way too many breakdowns, to poor clean vocals, to poor musicianship, and basically everything else under the sun. As quickly as the genre came, it seems like it is fading away. August Burns Red, Misery Signals, and Call Us Forgotten are trying new things however (to name a few). The Calm, The Storm starts with soft piano playing along with the sound of waves and chimes. The intro is short, sweet (although not incredibly great) and sets the tone for the album. While definitely not a great intro, it gets the job done. A Crusade For The Broken breaks in with Josh belting out "so scream, from the top of your lungs, everything will be alright! just keep telling lies and avoid making eyes, they'll believe, keep your cover." The song is fast, hard-hitting, and has a pretty great chorus. The first real track shows all sides of CUF: it includes the best cleans on the record, melodic riffing, and some technical aspects as well. Forgotten continues this trend, having a distant but melodic intro, then breaking in with a drum fill and setting a new pace for the band. Forgotten is the fastest song on the record, and it doesn't disappoint. There is a soft, clean guitar break right before the song ends with a muted riff with choir-style singing. The end is extremely well executed and Forgotten is one of the record's strongest songs. The "breakneck speed to slow clean passage" transition is one not easily achieved, but CUF prove they know how it's done in Forgotten.

Found In Falling is different. It's not as fast, and it's more riff-oriented. The song is the only on the album to not feature singing, and it's the "heaviest" song on the EP (judge for yourselves). CUF's minimal usage of the breakdown (for metalcore) works to their advantage, as the breakdowns aren't overdrawn, are original, and are pretty heavy. Found In Falling features an almost cheesy pick-me-up section in the song, in vein of The Ghost Inside or Hundredth. Cold Water Casket is the weakest song on the album. The opening riff doesn't hit hard, and the only boring breakdown on the CD is drawn out way too long, tainting an otherwise very pleasant and melodic song. Let it be said though that the chorus and outro to Cold Water Casket are above average for any metalcore song.

The harsh vocals on this CD are a huge step up from most bands. The band is very rapid-fire vocal-wise, and they utilize 3 different screamers. Josh and Kory can both hit highs, mids, and very low-lows (listen to the line, "suffocation" in Found In Falling), and have good intensity. John's vocals (was in the band and did a few lines on the CD) are the weakest of the 3, but he rarely screams so it almost works to an advantage in a way. There are definitely some typical "I'm a victim/let's stick it to the man" lyrics on this, but for the most part the lyrics are great and are delivered even better. The clean singing is probably my only gripe about this though, The end of Forgotten is really the only "above average" singing part on the record. Overall though, this is an extremely promising debut EP from the band hailing from Portland, OR. This is actually worth a listen. Let's hope CUF continues the promising start they have set for themselves.

Pros:
Great vocal work, lyrics
Piano in some parts
Very melodic, but original riffing

Cons:
Too short
Cold Water Casket is weak
John's vocals

Recommended tracks:
A Crusade For The Broken
Forgotten



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promiseswept
April 14th 2010



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the album will once again be streaming the first week of may. www.myspace.com/callusforgotten

Willie
Moderator
April 15th 2010



15877 Comments


If they're a new and unsigned band you'd think they'd make it a little easier to hear their music. What kind of bullshit is it to randomly post and then drop all of your songs from the player? It's like playing whack-a-mole except you realize that if you do hit the mole it probably sucks and was a total waste of time.

It was a great effort on their page too -- and the blog post about the EP where they don't even mention what it's going to be called???

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

promiseswept
April 15th 2010



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hahaaahaha i know right. well talking to them, they said that they got the EP before they finished paying for it and the engineer let them put up songs for awhile.. but they said it will be up again in May when it's officially out lol

Willie
Moderator
April 15th 2010



15877 Comments


Alright, that makes more sense. At first it seemed like they were being a little full of themselves by not letting people hear their music except at pre-defined times of their choosing. I mean, major bands don't even usually pull that crap ;)

promiseswept
April 15th 2010



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

but the band rules.. fyi. it really caught me by surprise

Willie
Moderator
April 15th 2010



15877 Comments


Well, I liked the cover and was interested enough to check it out… but nothing is there.

I think you would have received more traffic on this review if you had waited until there were songs posted because no one will know who this band is and without any music to check out, there's really nothing for anyone to post about.

promiseswept
April 15th 2010



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i completely agree with you lol. but i usually review not-so popular bands anyways..i just review what i like normally haha.

Willie
Moderator
April 15th 2010



15877 Comments


Post a reminder on my shoutbox when they add the songs again and I'll check them out and post here to bump the review comments.

Zipzop5565
April 15th 2010



402 Comments


I am skeptical in believing this is going to be good metalcore

promiseswept
April 15th 2010



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

will do! and you have a well-deserved right to be skeptical ;)

Captain North
April 15th 2010



6779 Comments


Misery Signals and August Burns Red aren't exactly trying new things. While I adore Misery Signals they're playing solid music, not innovative while the latter is just boring.

promiseswept
April 15th 2010



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i thought constellations was really creative in some parts, like meridian, white washed, and Mariana's trench. and misery signals is a lot better than most metalcore

Captain North
April 15th 2010



6779 Comments


I agree they're alot better than most metalcore, but it doesn't make them innovative. xD

Strider
December 11th 2010



4598 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is pretty good, but they're not doing anything new. and the cleans are a bit annoying at times.

promiseswept
December 11th 2010



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

strider- have to agree with the cleans. still a good band though



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