For Today
Breaker


2.5
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Review

by Shawn USER (2 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2010 | 151 replies | 24,907 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bass Drop Breakdowns anyone?

8 of 17 thought this review was well written

For Today release 'BREAKER' Their third album and by the words of the lead singer Mattie Montgomery ''This album is shaping up to be the heaviest, most intense, confrontational material we've ever released, and we are all so ready to get it out.'' Well if by more heavy and intense they mean more bass drop breakdowns then in their previous album ''Portraits'' they are right. But without the bass drop breakdowns, this is pretty much Portraits Pt.2

The album is in the same formula as Portraits, especially in the lyrical department. Bold and fierce Christian lyrics are in every song on this album. The average Atheist may not find the lyrics appealing much. Like in the song 'Devastator' lyrics like ''AND I WILL SEE YOU ON YOUR KNEES, TO THE KING OF KINGS''. Or in the song 'White Flag’ ‘‘THIS BATTLE IS NOT MINE, BUT THIS BELONGS TO THE LORD'.

If you like breakdowns then you will love For Today's, while only 8 out of the 12 tracks are songs.
There are a good 27 bass drop breakdowns aside from the numerous many that follow that are not bass drops. Can your speakers even handle that?

They have also done something different this time around, with spoken word poetry for the intro and interludes, which you will either like or hate. They pretty much confront the speakers trials and troubles in his life.

The Guitars are pretty much the same chug fest, pretty cool riffs with some sweeping leads, but that won't last too long before those bass drop breakdowns kick in. They have improved on the execution of the leads, while on the last album there would be a lead that gave you the feeling that it was going somewhere and nothing happens. This time they have improved on musical placement in other words.

The drums are what really shine, the drummer always knows where to put that fill on to make it fit perfectly with the other musicians. This time around the drumming is a bit more creative were you do not hear the drummer doing the same predictable drum pattern over and over. Listen to the fills on 'Devastator' around 1:23.

The bass shines as for it is HEARD!! Not very common with allot of typical metalcore bands out these days, He seems to back the guitars rather well, not doing anything really lead wise or creative but just enough to let you know he is there.

As for the vocals, they are the best improvement with this album. Were Mattie Montgomery shines with the perfect mid ranged vocals with the occasional high pitch scream that fits perfectly with the layered deep pitches. Not as clicky in the first two albums. The best vocal performance from him to date.


A few guest vocals also, Shane Raymond of Close Your Eyes gives a singing hand on 'Phoenix'. Drew York of Stray from the Path has a part on 'Arm the Masses' that makes the song 20x better than it was before he comes in. Also Jay Pepito of Reign Supreme lends his vocal talent on 'King' that seems out of place and don't fit to well. And for last album closer ''The Breakers Commission'' it starts with the spoken word then climaxes with a Choir singing ''HE IS HERE, HE WAS THERE, HE IS PEACE, HE IS FAITHFUL''.


All in all if you liked Portraits you will like this album, aside from the spoken words this is a pretty solid metalcore album, nothing groundbreaking but better than most.


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chiggles
September 23rd 2010



76 Comments


This time around For Today seems a little more pissed off. This album is breakdown after breakdown, and though I enjoyed it, kind of got annoying after a little while. Just going to stick with 'Ekklesia' for now on.

crowing51
September 23rd 2010



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Second review, hopefully allot better than my first one. Please give advice, constructive criticism
please.

kingjulian
September 23rd 2010



1297 Comments


Pos'd. This review is my thoughts exactly.

Granted, that's not what merits a pos hahaha the review is well written.

cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8954 Comments


breengs junz?

fr33convict
September 23rd 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not well written but I'm refraining on pos'ing or neg'ing. Is this as good as Portraits? Cause I really liked that.

crowing51
September 23rd 2010



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I think It's on the same level, but i explain it in the review lol

fr33convict
September 23rd 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wasn't sure since a lot of people say it's worse.

crowing51
September 23rd 2010



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Well i like Portraits better just because it was a little more diverse. The vocals are the best on this though imo.

Emim
September 23rd 2010



26509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'll check this out cause Portraits was a fun (yet very generic) album

crowing51
September 23rd 2010



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yea this is pretty much the same, just with allot more bass drops.

I just want this review to be better than my first one which was atrocious tbh.

brutebeard
September 23rd 2010



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"They pretty much confront the speaker trails and trouble and his love for god. "

what do you mean here?

"As for the vocals, is probably the best improvement with this album?"

get rid of the question mark.

I like how you broke down the instruments into sections. Good review. Good rating. I might check this out. Kinda getting back into good metalcore. I enjoy the lyrics. Also some sweet guest vocals on this one.

Give me feedback on my latest, eh?

crowing51
September 23rd 2010



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

No problem, thanks for the feedback, your right i don't know what i said there haha.

sspedding
September 23rd 2010



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this was lucky to make to a 2.

wait....

BigTuna
September 23rd 2010



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

are you a native English speaker? not to be a dick or anything, but there are a LOT of grammar problems here

Digging: Common - Nobody's Smiling

BigTuna
September 23rd 2010



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

also these guys present completely the wrong message at times

sexpoi
September 23rd 2010



599 Comments


portraits wasn't a bad album, ill give this a listen

Apollo
September 23rd 2010



10267 Comments


"There are a good 27 bass drop breakdowns aside from the numerous many that follow that are not bass drops. Can your speakers even handle that?"

I lol'd. Good review man, not bad for your 2nd.

Emim
September 23rd 2010



26509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Brutebeard:

I think he meant "trials" not "trails"

crowing51
September 23rd 2010



3446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

After hearing this a second time, it loses the 3. I was being generous but there is nothing special,
and the spoken word parts just pissed me off tbh.

fr33convict
September 23rd 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm gonna write a review for this at some point.



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