I, the Breather
These Are My Sins


3.5
great

Review

by Shadein USER (1 Reviews)
December 7th, 2010 | 155 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While very breakdown-ridden, I the Breather manages to release an inspiring, destructive debut

I the Breather plays metalcore style similar to that of August Burns Red. I know what you're thinking, another cookie cutter Christian-metalcore outfit? However, before making judgments, please look into this band for what it is. The album is filled with tasty riffs and surprisingly not-boring breakdowns. The music is continually fast and rarely gives the listener any breathing room (no pun intended). Many will be uninterested due to the fact that this is another metalcore band that plays the same style as many other bands in the genre, but this album is not as boring or bland as most modern metalcore.

As the album goes past the first few tracks, listeners will recognize the blatant repetitiveness; however, you will realize this band solely wants to play heavy, aggressive, fast music. What makes this different from any other modern metalcore release is the vocals. One may see them as annoying and strained, but they are screamed with utmost passion to the religious lyrics portrayed in the album. The sound of the vocalist is like a fusion of screaming and shouting at mid-range. Usually, the vocalist stays at his regular tone, but sometimes screams at a lower level during the down-tuned breakdowns in order to add intensity and variation. In certain instances, his scream changes into a cry, as if he is in pain, to convey the emotion erupted by tragedies explained in the lyrics. To give the listener a break from the constant barrage of breakdowns and riffage, the song Conquer has a piano outro that leads into an instrumental track, Empathy.

The instrumentation is absolutely devastating, specifically the unrelenting guitar work. The drums keep up well with the music. Like in most metalcore albums, the bass work is mostly inaudible. The lyrics are very religion-based and sometimes they are generic stories we have all heard before (e.g. in High Rise, a man is begging God for forgiveness); however, if the listener has no care for Christian lyrics, there are many inspirational and positive concepts throughout the album one can receive motivation from.

Most of the tracks are just songs from their old demos that have a better production with some changes here and there; for example, the gang shouts at the end of High Rise. Overall, the album is a collection of destructive and inspiring songs.

While this band does nothing to reinvent the genre, they are certainly talented enough to separate themselves, even if only slightly, from the sea of generic metalcore acts; and there is nothing wrong with a good breakdown fix once in a while.


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witnessesUK (4)
A metalcore album that has moments of melody and progression. Near perfection....

Devin Earl (3.5)
Nothing more then a great metalcore album....

KSK1 (3.5)
Double pedal Jesus metal....

Chris Higgins (3)
I, The Breather has created an angry, aggressive debut album....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Shadein
December 6th 2010


337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My first review. It started as a sound-off, but then it escalated into this so I just decided to write a review finally. Constructive criticism, please? I know it seems short....

feedhertothesharks
December 6th 2010


144 Comments


good first review bro

Shadein
December 6th 2010


337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks!

crowing51
December 6th 2010


3463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I am seeing these guys soon actually with As blood runs black. Pretty solid review and album. Found out about these guys like 2 years ago when they did a very bad linkin park cover lol. They did a very bass boomed filled christmas song though that was fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91ivUgQVmYw

Shadein
December 7th 2010


337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the kind words, and yes that Linkin Park cover is very sub par, but it's kinda fun. They must slay live though, so that'll be a good show

bloc
December 7th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Prolly check this out. These guys are on Sumerian, right?

Emim
December 7th 2010


26675 Comments


moar liek I the Mouth Breather

lololololol

Shadein
December 7th 2010


337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes they're on Sumerian

bloc
December 7th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent...










BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA

Emim
December 7th 2010


26675 Comments


BOO

bloc
December 7th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck the Cobra, 2011 is YEAR OF THE OSIRIS.

Emim
December 7th 2010


26675 Comments


YOTO

loveisamixtape
December 8th 2010


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

pretty good. rating may change.

also, texas in july is just awful.

dixoncocks
December 8th 2010


2659 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

there is nothing wrong with texas in july, then again im a sucker for those drums.

Digging: CityCop - The Hope In Forgiving & Giving Up Hope

Emim
December 8th 2010


26675 Comments


August Burns July

MrSenior
December 8th 2010


212 Comments


Yeah while I don't mind Texas in July, their last disc was certainly ABR worship.

Nice first review, a bit awkward to read at times, but I found it's tougher to write good reviews than I thought. Pos'd

MrSenior
December 8th 2010


212 Comments


Oh, and I am really liking this so far. While it's nothing special, they come across as a nice mix of ABR and Born of Osiris (thanks in LARGE part to Sumerian's mandated guitar tone).

Shadein
December 8th 2010


337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't listen to Texas in July but I figured since they sound like ABR i might as well put them in the recommendations. And personally, I love the guitar tone on this album

sspedding
December 8th 2010


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

always thought these guys had a tonne of potential, i will check this out in the hope it is fulfilled.

PS Longevity is awesome.

sspedding
December 8th 2010


4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5


Fuck the Cobra, 2011 is YEAR OF THE OSIRIS.


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