I Am Abomination
To Our Forefathers


3.5
great

Review

by VJ90 USER (13 Reviews)
September 10th, 2010 | 13 replies | 4,909 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For now, I Am Abomination will have to just be satisfied being ear candy.

Cotton candy is loved by many, loathed by few. The substance’s fluffy composition, pastel color, and overwhelmingly sweet taste keeps paying customers coming back for more, making its confectionery allure overpowering to even the strictest of consumers. Nevertheless, too much of a good thing always yields the potential to bear bad things. After listening to I Am Abomination’s sugary debut album To Our Forefathers, I feel as if I just devoured a heaping cloud of cotton candy – my sugar tooth is overjoyed but my appetite for substance remains unsatisfied.

After providing such a tasty introduction, I feel compelled to describe what makes I Am Abomination’s music so enticing. First, look no further than the incredibly poppy vocals of lead singer Phil Druyor. Sharing a similarity to Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Druyor’s crooning, whilst paired with his 1984-esque lyrics, is the most immediate element of what makes I Am Abomination so appealing. As evidenced in “The Deceiver,” Phil’s exceptional tenor floats above the chaos below, smoothing the edges of his band’s backing assault, while drenching the song with syrupy melodies. Throughout the remainder of To Our Forefathers, aside from “Rock N’ No Soul,” which finds Phil giving way to the fierce scream of Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans, Druyor keeps his performance consistent, belting out note after tuneful note.

Not to be outdone by Druyor, guitarists Shawn Reed and Zach Felps assist in forming I Am Abomination’s delicious product. Throughout the album, Reed and Felps churn out down tuned riffs and flamboyant leads while keeping their delivery in a relatively post-hardcore realm. One listen to album closer “Element 101” is all one needs to marvel at the monstrous, disjointed riffs both axe-wielders are capable of showcasing. On the other hand, if brief sessions of fret board dances are desired, Reed and Felps put on a wonderful clinic in sections of “Cataclysm.” Simply put, these two shredders serve as the yin to Druyor’s yang, providing a sticky base of chaotic dissonance underneath his luscious delivery.

Acting as the airy element of I Am Abomination’s musical treat, the synthesizers utilized throughout the album help supplement the band’s arrangements, puffing their sound to more ethereal heights. A fitting sample of synthesized goodness can be found throughout the track “Thoughtcrime is Death.” Here the keys do an effective job of making the conclusion of the piece more expansive than if presented with their absence. Gimmicky or not, the synthesizers included in I Am Abomination’s sound are tastefully done, serving to nuance the skeleton of a song, still being careful enough to not detract from the band’s sonic intent.

As previously stated, I Am Abomination has crafted an absurdly pleasing album. From the appealing voice of lead singer Phil Druyor, the swift riffs of guitarists Shawn Reed and Zach Felps, to the floating, airy beauty of the synthesizers that surround I Am Abomination’s music, To Our Forefathers is the audio equivalent of a massive heap of cotton candy. Yet, like the puffy delight’s inability to truly satisfy, I Am Abomination’s relatively shallow compositions prevent To Our Forefathers from joining the meat and potato releases of the music industry. For now, I Am Abomination will have to just be satisfied being ear candy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
VJ90
September 10th 2010


128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Let me reiterate, this album is sweet.

WhiteWallStargazers
September 10th 2010


2647 Comments


I'll pos because this is better then my review haha

VJ90
September 10th 2010


128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, man. I appreciate it.

wyankeif1337
September 10th 2010


6739 Comments


Good shit so far.
Also, good review.

bloc
September 10th 2010


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was surprisingly decent, I could not stand their previous album

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

PinkBlackberry
September 11th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have a soft spot for these guys. I think they're just great.

I really like your review, and further I REALLY like your metaphor. It's perfect, perfect perfect. So keep it up man.

pizzamachine
September 11th 2010


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh man am I liking this.

fromtheinside
September 11th 2010


18203 Comments


bloc had you heard this before this review? just wondering cause i might check this out.

Digging: Tragedy - Vengeance

PinkBlackberry
September 11th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listen to it FTI, you'll dig it. Listen to uhm...The Deceiver. Shit'll surprise you

bloc
September 11th 2010


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bloc had you heard this before this review? just wondering cause i might check this out.

I listened to this the day it came out. Musically it's quite good, but the sugary vocals may deter you.

VJ90
September 12th 2010


128 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Exactly, this band is basically Protest the Hero-lite with pop-punk vocals instead of the more "power metal" vocals sung by PTH.

PinkBlackberry
September 12th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty much VJ90. Pretty much

Ecnalzen
October 23rd 2012


6531 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is an awesome review and a pretty dead on description of the album.



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