Review Summary: A well executed, albeit unoriginal, metalcore album.
7 of 8 thought this review was well written
Cutting right to the chase, We Will All Evolve is a continuation of Our Last Night's previous full length, 2008's The Ghosts Among Us. Their sound hasn't changed at all; they just sharpened some edges and collectively improved as musicians. The first noticeable difference from their previous efforts is the matured screaming of lead vocalist Trevor Wentworth. We Will All Evolve begins with the heaviest song on the album, 'Elephants.' It starts the album off with a bang and sets the pace nicely. It also has a catchy chorus to back up the harsh verses. Speaking of which, this album is full of catchy choruses, courtesy of guitarist/clean vocalist Matt Wentworth. His voice really shines on tracks 'The Air I Breathe', 'Mouth Machine Gun,' 'Across the Ocean', and 'Deceiver'. 'The Air I Breathe' is the gem of this album with it's top-notch chorus and catchy verses.
Andrew Wade did a solid job producing this album. The drums sound crisp and the guitars sound clean. It's definitely one of the main positives of the album. It's nice to hear a band in this flooded scene NOT layering their vocals or drums. Another positive is the album's lyrics. They are varied from song, and never delve into immaturity or bitterness. The topics, contained within metaphors, range from trying to not take things for granted ('The Air I Breathe'), maturing in general ('We Will All Evolve'), touring hardships ('Across the Ocean'), staying true to yourself ('Deceiver'), and helping other people ('The Devil Inside You').
Continuing on, 'The Devil Inside You' is another heavier song. The breakdown near the end of the song is sure to keep your attention. The next three tracks almost blend together because of their formulaic songwriting, which keeps We Will All Evolve from anything above greatness. The album ends on a high note with the solid title track. Near the middle of the track, Trevor repeats, "We will all evolve into working machines, controlling the world," backed by a heavy breakdown. This is the highlight of the album.
Our Last Night obviously aren't breaking any ground. This formula of scream/sing has been done by countless others. Our Last Night doesn't showcase much versatility as far as songwriting goes, but what makes this album shine above a lot of the rest in this genre are the great clean vocals, skillful drumming, and tasteful lyrics. The album's execution itself hits home; nothing more, nothing less.
Closing note: If you don't like bands like Underoath or other metalcore/post-hardcore hybrids, stray far from this; but if you do, definitely check this out.
I'm actually a fan of the band, and agree mostly with the rating, but the review was short and pretty vague.
Why is the drumming good (I think its improved vastly)? Why is Matt a good vocalist? How has Trevor's screaming improved? Are the guitars interesting, like they were in the old songs "Failures of a Failing System" and "Surviving Disasters"? How does the band's age reflect upon their music? (I believe Trevor is 16 and Matt is 20 (Matt writes all of the music: drums, bass, guitar, lyrics...anyone, even if they aren't fans of the genre, can listen to this album and agree that its impressive that such a young person composed those songstyles))
It is obvious that screaming and singing has been done by others, yet you fail to compare their style to any other band (unless you really meant to throw Underoath out there, in which your ear is REALLY off or you haven't listened to Underoath since TOCS). Who do they sound like? Jesus, bands ranging from Between the Buried and Me to Fall Out Boy sing and scream. It tells me absolutely nothing about them to list that as a characteristic.