Confide
Recover


1.0
awful

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
May 18th, 2010 | 107 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sturgiscore

Often in the music business, it is not uncommon for bands of a certain genre to flock to a sole producer, relying heavily on that one persons input to unlock what hidden potential the band may have. In the latter part of the 80’s and early 90’s, that person was Bob Rock; his work with bands such as Motley Crue and Metallica wielded majorly successful results, bringing the bands to unprecedented new heights in popularity. In the 90’s, Ross Robinson was the go to guy, producing a large amount of popular nu metal albums from the likes of Californian based Korn and the Iowan metal masters Slipknot. More recently Killswitch Engage guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz has become the savior of modern metalcore, producing highly regarded albums like All That Remains’ The Fall of Ideals and Underoath’s Define The Great Line amongst many others. This brings us to producer Joey Sturgis, who seems to be the flavor of the day within the post-hardcore genre. The man has done some good work; Burden of Day’s most recent OneOneThousand is a definite testament to this. However despite his triumphs, he also seems to have a growing list of failures, which most recently has come to include the Los Angeles based band Confide, whose latest album Recover discards any hint of personality the band once had, opting to become just another breakdown centric metalcore group.

Although the drop in quality seen on Recovery cannot entirely be blamed Sturgis, sonic idiosyncrasies consistent with the producers previous work, such as with bands We Came As Romans or Asking Alexandria. With no notable variety to speak of, each song features what has made most post-hardcore a deplorable genre as of late; a gross overuse of breakdowns paired with choruses that are literally undecipherable from the work of every other band in the genre. In theory, the use of a breakdown is great: a short, heavy interlude where the band performs a simple, yet catchy single note pattern while the vocalist usually delivers a repeated verse. However, when bands such as Confide (and a vast majority of their contemporaries) use this technique so carelessly, its effectiveness is squandered and every song ends up sounding almost identical.

On their previous record Shout The Truth lead vocalist Ross Michael Kenyon proved himself to be a member of great worth; his performance was not only technically pleasing, but he managed to maintain an identity that was specific to only himself. While some songs such as “People Are Crazy” hint to this prior level of ability, the majority of Recovery, sees this approach forsaken, as Kenyon chooses a mechanical, processed delivery, one that is truly inseparable from his peers. Same could be said for clean vocalist/drummer Joel Piper, who is also robbed of his character for the usual pop-rock vocals most other bands contain. This is a fact that could describe every aspect of the album, which overall comes off as calculated, routine and spiritless. While innovation and originality definitely does not make a record a success, Recovery is just too derivative to earn any positive marks.

If you are a fan of bands such as We Came As Romans or Asking Alexandria, then this record will undoubtedly become one of your years favorite records; it has everything you look for in great music. However, if the aforementioned do little to tickle your fancy, it would be your best bet to steer clear of Confide’s Recovery, just another product of a band ruined by Joey Sturgis.



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Tyler Christian Pifer (3)
Not nearly as bad as people think, however, it is still a pretty generic album...

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Chris Higgins (1.5)
Confide has hit their downfall, 'Recover' is a giant experiment in simplicity and repetivity....


Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


yeah so band sucks.

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010


8742 Comments


dude 1 review a day. pos

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


Thanks. Yeah, generally i stick to that rule, but i'm just really eager to hit 50

chiggles
May 18th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I actually really enjoy this album. Not better than their previous album, but it's good.

bloc
May 18th 2010


34919 Comments


Awesome summary bro, never liked this band.

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010


8742 Comments


oh ok haha. Review was great though. I guess I won't be listening to whatever this is... what do these guys sound like?

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010


8742 Comments


haha bloc that logo is amazing

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


These guys sound like basically every other post-hardcore band around- breakdown centric verses, monotonous pop-rock vocals and virtually no display of any technical talent

NeutralThunder12
May 18th 2010


8742 Comments


oh I see haha

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


Yeah, it's pretty bad, definitely not your thing

axetofall517
May 18th 2010


63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

well written review. pos'd. Shout the Truth was good at least.

axetofall517
May 18th 2010


63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

and don't compare Asking Alexandria and We Came as Romans. WCaR actually have redeeming factors in their music. They use auto-tune, but they have great songwriting skills that don't rely on breakdowns and a great screamer and awesome lyrics. AA is just terrible.

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


I don't really enjoy WCaR hence the comparisons, but to each his own and all that jazz. Thanks for the pos

pmmets07
May 18th 2010


5900 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album is such a disappointment.

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


The only reason I even listened to Shout The Truth was so maybe i could reference it for this review, but as it turned out I actually ended up really enjoying it. And thanks

axetofall517
May 18th 2010


63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i agree about Ross' great vocal performance in Shout the Truth. Joey Sturgis and his bad production makes him sound bad.

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


He just makes all his bands sound the same for the most part. Sure he has some good credit (Burden of a Day for the most part), but he sucked all the identity out of this band

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


Pretty horrible imo, but i'll leave the final interpretation up to you

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


Their last album actually some personality. Ross although not a phenomanl vocalist actually had some emotion in his delivery. At that time he was much more of true screamo vocalist imo- now he's just like every other metalcore/post-hardcore vocalist whose screams are monotonous and cleans sound processed (yet not autotuned) to death. Instrumentally, the guitarists in the past had some nice chops; their first two albums were actually decent deathcore and obviously the last one was good post-hardcore. Now it's just breakdown after breakdown and the choruses are just octave chords played over and over again


Joey Sturgis has produced basically every popular post-hardcore to come out for the past year; the only problem with that is he makes every band sound exactly the same

TheSpirit
May 18th 2010


17927 Comments


does he? hmmm, i'll change that, but it makes no difference really



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