More Than A Thousand
Vol. 4 Make Friends and Enemies


3.0
good

Review

by peartnoy USER (21 Reviews)
September 3rd, 2010 | 22 replies | 10,025 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Generic summary saying that it's generic yet enjoyable...

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

More Than A Thousand is a portugese band consisting of:

- Vasco Ramos (Vocals
- Filipe Oliveira (Lead Guitar)
- Sergio Sousa (Rhythm Guitar)
- Ricardo Cabrita (Bass)
- Wilson Silva (Drums)

I was randomly searching for some new music and came across these guys. Every single opinion I could find about this album was extremely positive, so I decided to listen to the first song of ''Vol.4 Make Friends And Enemies'' titled ''It's Alive (How I Made A Monster)''. I thought the song was pretty good, featuring a very talented vocalist, a catchy chorus and an addicting ''3,2,1'' breakdown. Their sound could be described as a blend of pretty much everything between Metalcore and Pop-Rock, taking multiple influences to create a catchy yet entirely generic sound.

The song are enjoyable for the most part, but there isn't one once of originality in this album. Musically, this the most formulaic and generic you could expect. The drummer doesn't ever do anything to stand out. He shows some speed at the beginning of ''I Will Always Let You Down'' but never uses it in the rest of the album. His drumming pretty much consists of basic rock beats and switches to breakdown mode from time to time. The guitarists aren't much better, often relying on basic chord progressions with octaves or basic metal riffs which never use the fact that these guys have two guitarists. I'll let you guess what is the role of the bass...

However, even if I seem hard with the band I still really like this album. The obvious highlight is the singer. While his screams aren't my favorites and lack some variation, they still convey genuine emotions throughout. His clean vocals have range, power and may please numberous metal fans tired of typical metalcore cleans. The vocal lines fit with the rest of the band (read: generic) but they still work. Also, the band seems to be having fun, just being five guys that play classic metal without a thousand studio effects to mask weaknesses. They probably sound really good in a live situation because of that.

Also, with all my complaints, there are some obvious highlights. The afore-mentioned ''It's Alive'' starts the album pretty well, because it doesn't pretend to be more than what it is, a good mainstream metal song. ''Black Hearts'' is arguably the best song of the album, with some really good heavy riffs mixed with a great chorus that could be on a ''COLD'' record and a simple yet beautiful bridge/ending. ''Roadsick'' has some calm verses with beautiful soft vocals reminiscent of ''30 SECONDS TO MARS'' and a powerful chorus. Unfortunately, there is also a definite bad song here. The title track is a 2:00 heavy/breakdown song, I don't think there is much to add here...

In conclusion, ''Vol.4 Make Friends And Enemies'' is a good Mainstream-Metal album and doesn't pretend to be anything else. With all its flaws it's still is a great way to initiate someone into heavier music.

Pros:

-Great clean vocals
-Classic metal with very little studio effects
-Catchy as hell
-Enjoyable all the way

Cons:

-Not technical
-Generic as hell
-Screams lack variation



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peartnoy
September 3rd 2010



1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Happy to be the first one reviewing this album.

pizzamachine
September 3rd 2010



12571 Comments


Good review, pos. I'm actually enjoying this quite a bit.

peartnoy
September 3rd 2010



1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you pizzamachine. Do you agree with my points?

pizzamachine
September 3rd 2010



12571 Comments


Let's see:
- I agree it's metalcore/pop-rock
- I agree the musicians are ok but not that good
- I agree the singer's clean vocals are great
- I agree the singer's growls are lacking variety
- I agree it's a good mainstream-metal album
- I agree with the pros and cons


porch
September 3rd 2010



8453 Comments


Get rid of the band members section and the pros and cons, they're unnecessary

cvlts
September 3rd 2010



8954 Comments


OVER 9000!!!!!!!

peartnoy
September 3rd 2010



1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Porch

Maybe you are right for the band members, but i think the pros and cons at the end are for the people that don't really want to read the whole review.

ReturnToRock
September 4th 2010



3448 Comments


Hey, my paisanos!

Everyone in the "scene" - and surprisingly, the metal community - here in Portugal worships these guys. I never got what's so special about them.

Good review though.

sexpoi
September 14th 2010



599 Comments


i might check this out. good review

Shuyin
January 13th 2011



11465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey ive been a fan of mtat for some time now, can u review theyr previous work? they seem diferent in every album tho, theyr debut is rather a rock (boring) album with a few good songs and vol.2 is totaly garbage, but vol. 1 is an outstanding hard rock album and vol.3 is an EP more into this metalcore scene. if u have lucky to get ur hands in theyr rare songs ull be in luck. they have a couple demos that ive been lookin for years, and a EP call teen massacre with 2 rly great rock songs (that 1 i have) check it out might be worth it. good review peace

Digging: Integral - Sercosa

killians202
June 29th 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This band/album reminds me of "Texas Hippie Coalition" ... because the band and vocals are good, but the lyrics blow dudes, seriously. My 13yr autistic cousin writes more insightful, inspiring music.

peartnoy
July 4th 2011



1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Texas Hippie Coalition or More Than A Thousand?

killians202
July 4th 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll give the edge to More Than A Thousand - seems like they have potential to get better. Texas Hippie Coalition seems like a lost cause...

peartnoy
July 22nd 2011



1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think the lyrics for MTAT are that bad, just generic like pretty much every aspect of the band.

Shuyin
July 26th 2011



11465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u need to check out the album trailers are allways more exciting then movies then if u think theyr generic. best efort by mtat so far

killians202
August 2nd 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^ u need to check out a grammar book is helpful for identifying run on sentences.

peartnoy
August 2nd 2011



1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah Shuyin I'm sorry but I don't understand what you're trying to say.

Shuyin
August 3rd 2011



11465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sry im not english :/ check the album 'trailers are allways more exciting then movies' if u think theyr generic..

killians202
August 15th 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

2 of the songs off that album have exactly the same name ... just different parts ... another is a reference to Batman ... not building a great case

Shuyin
August 16th 2011



11465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry but 'trip to gotham city' has nothing to do with batman (granted they prolly copied the city name) , and the songs with the same name sound nothing alike, 1 is the intro of the album, just an intrumental and the other is a more progressive hard rock song. in fact the first 5 songs of the album are all progressive (instrumental songs aside). u rly should check out the music in the album, not just the song titles.

it is all in all a great album, just too bad it dies after the first 5 songs



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