In Fear and Faith
Imperial


3.0
good

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
June 15th, 2010 | 13 replies | 6,434 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite lyrical shortcomings and some raw sounding clean vocals, In Fear and Faith's second release is a cohesive, well thought out mix of synthy post-hardcore and metalcore.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Few groups nowadays have managed to find their way through the mess of mediocracy that is modern metalcore, and have actually been able to create a unique sound for themselves. California metalcore/post-hardcore band, In Fear and Faith, manages to do this with their newest record, proving that there is still hope for the genre.

"Imperial" is IFAF's sophomore album released under Rise Records, and their lineup has remained consistent since their last release of "Your World on Fire" with Cody Anderson and Scott Barnes (who replaced ex-member Tyler "Telle" Smith now of The Word Alive), delivering the screamed and clean vocals, respectively. I will admit, I did find some of the clean vox a bit harsh and unrefined at times, but more often than not, Barnes did an above average job of providing a smooth contrast to the aggressive screams consisting throughout the album. The guitarwork, on behalf of Ramin Niroomand and Noah Slifka, gives the vocals an excellent background, with spacey, resonating grooves at times, and all the same, can provide a heavier feel for the songs. Tyler McElhaney on bass, and Mehdi Niroomand behind the kit, bring it all together, following the lead of the other band members and sometimes offering much more. Drummer Niroomand really shines at times, with impressive fills and, unlike most drummers of the genre, he knows how to utilize the double bass pedal without overdoing it - and I think that is the best quality of In Fear and Faith - they understand moderation. They use the breakdown like it should be: as an instrumental transition that is a nice break from the rest of the piece (see "I Know You Know").

Amongst all of the tight instrumentation and the strong vocal preformance, synth parts (delivered by Guitarist Ramin Niroomand) often replicating an orchestral arrangement like in the synth-driven chorus of "Bones", or a sweeping piano that is given the spotlight in the instrumental interlude "eleventwentyfour", are much of the reason for IFAF's unique sound.

The lyrics throughout the album seem to follow a similar theme, most of which revolve around moving on from past experiences, (in some songs they are a bit too obviously about breakups for my liking), but for the most part they are adequate, and I'll admit, I'm a sucker for the whole "one really epic line" of screamed vocals thing. They do it MANY times on the album (maybe 5?), and I can't deny the fact that I like it. For example, they open the song Counselor with "It's time to make your mark!" and in "Afterthought", right about halfway through the song, the band drops our and Sanders screams "Turn around, walk away, and never come back!" and the song then goes into a short yet effective two line breakdown. Moments like these sold me on the already impressive album, and made it all that much more memorable for me.

In Fear and Faith does a great job of portraying their emotion in this music, whether it be the hearty screams, or the synth-oriented clean sections, and they are developing a definitive sound for themselves. I'd say the only shortcoming of the album are a few weak tracks like "Once Is Enough", which has a pretty cheesy chorus, but still is not awful; also, I missed the guest appearanced that the band featured on YWOF (Craig Owens and Jeremy McKinnon). Nonetheless, Imperial is a great second release, by a great up-and-coming band.

Best tracks: "The Solitary Life", "Counselor", "Bones", "Let It Out", "Live, Love, Redeux"



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Ponton
Emeritus
June 15th 2010



5775 Comments


This is a great review, man, as well as a great second opinion. I'm pretty sure a lot of people would agree with you. Pos.

Edit: Oh, you misspelled respectively in the second paragraph btw

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

Spec
June 15th 2010



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review, good to see a second opinion. Pos!

pmmets07
June 15th 2010



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i really appreciate it guys. i used to play synth for a metalcorey type band, so i kind of have a soft spot for it.

Foxhound
June 15th 2010



4570 Comments


you should bold all of your words, it looks super cool.

HangEmHigh
June 15th 2010



282 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I pos'ed. Good review, however, I think your gave this album a little too much credit. Imho it would be at best a 3, probably closer to a 2.5. I feel like both vocalists aren't aren't as good as they've been, especially the screamer.

sspedding
June 15th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

another everyone hates metalcore opening paragraph, please it is getting old. Everyone knows what makes up and why modern metalcore is supposedly hated by the masses. Everything else about the review is good. Pos.

PinkBlackberry
June 15th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think this review is great. And I learned something new, For some reason I missed the part that Telle was ever in the group, I thought he went from Greeley right to Word, But hey, that's a cool bit of info.

as far as the CD goes, I agree with Hang, Although. I think it should be in the 3.5-4 Area, so the 4 seems a tad more generous. that being said I think the CD was pretty damn good. I like that bands are using Piano, and incorporating more of a symphonic sound to their music. Gives a whole different feel for the record, and it's so easy to create a desired atmosphere.

again, great review man. Pos'd

Textures
June 15th 2010



76 Comments


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pmmets07
June 15th 2010



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"another everyone hates metalcore opening paragraph, please it is getting old. Everyone knows
what makes up and why modern metalcore is supposedly hated by the masses."

You're right dude. I think I'm gonna go ahead and get rid of that part.

Thanks to all who gave me a pos.

HangEmHigh
June 15th 2010



282 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Actually Pink, Telle was in IFaF first then he went to GE and now he's in TWA.

sspedding
June 15th 2010



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

kudos for taking what i said into account, i would double pos if i could.

PinkBlackberry
June 15th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A lot of people who kind of like metalcore, or treat metalcore as a red headed step child of music, will look at a release like this, and shrug it off. but for people like us, this is a fun release. with some pretty sick tracks. So I can see the whole division in the masses.

MacDoug19
June 15th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yo kid ur a bitch


lolz


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