Futile
7 Nightmares


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
February 17th, 2011 | 15 replies | 5,222 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: they show promise, but let’s hope they promise to do better next time.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It is as clear as a bell. The band wants to be the next Tool, but as we all know, there is only one Tool. With that out of the way, one has to wonder what’s left for Futile. There really isn’t an open spot for the next Tool clone. After all, there are billions of bands that shadow the said band only to end up horribly short. Futile may have worshipped the alter of Tool, but the altar has no mystical powers, and Tool is not a god. The same drum patterns, the same guitar patterns, and even the same vocal style only go so far as to make Futile copycats but without the substance of the original band. This leaves them in the middle of nowhere, and the middle of nowhere is a lonely place.

Futile, with their Tool worship being ironically futile, are left to dwell in the pot of bands such as Atomship and Karnivool. In other words, Futile may have failed on the experimental side, but they still ended up in a place that suits them better. They may not realize it, but Fragile exercise strong melodies in 7 Nightmares, and are more appealing as a mainstream metal band than as a progressive metal band. When they cut back on their experimental side and let the melodies soar, their music can be ultra-cool, and decently catchy. Quite a few strong choruses inhabit the album, and yet I wonder if the band even recorded songs with choruses in mind. At this point, the band needs to realize what they sound like before they make another album, for if they continue at this pace, they might just slip up - they might not be as lucky next time.

Apart from groups such as 10 Years, Chevelle, Earshot, etc., Futile is a distinctly technical band, and also employ crushing guitars for good measure. None the less, due to the band’s progressive propensity, said technical skills barely appear despite holding considerable potency. It is a shame to see good talent go to waste, but from Futile’s pseudo experiments, their potential is wasted. Of course, this doesn’t mark 7 Nightmares as inferior, but rather makes it something abundantly less impressive than necessary. It also makes the band seem too restrained or worse yet, forgettable. If they ever wish to grasp their potential, they must at least find their niche. As it is, the album is a perfectly fine if forgettable alt/progressive metal album.



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pizzamachine
February 17th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2011



8318 Comments


Wait, didn't you just hit 50 somewhere around Christmas? And less than 2 months later we're tied? You bloody machine!

Oh and it's "altar", not "alter". Good review as always btw

pizzamachine
February 17th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hahahaha I can't believe it either! Whoah, I had no idea I was so close to your review amount!

Mistake systematically fixed.



Ovrot
February 17th 2011



10468 Comments


They're no beck.

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

pizzamachine
February 17th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Apparently nothing ever compares to beck.

Ovrot
February 17th 2011



10468 Comments


The funny thing is I don't actually listen to beck.
That's just my way of saying I liked the review?
Idk

pizzamachine
February 17th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ohhh stuff makes sense now.

Ovrot
February 17th 2011



10468 Comments


Yeah.
If mostly for shits and giggles. Or shiggles.

pizzamachine
February 17th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your new slogan.

Ovrot
February 17th 2011



10468 Comments


Which? Thebeck one or shiggles?

pizzamachine
February 17th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You choose!

JustJoe
February 17th 2011



1399 Comments


Pencil Fight.

Acanthus
February 17th 2011



9537 Comments


Might check this one out later, I enjoy seeing bands trying to be Tool. Sometimes I find little bits that I actually like better, and others it's just same old same old.

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

Ovrot
February 17th 2011



10468 Comments


Beck's shiggles are so supreme.

sifFlammable
February 17th 2011



2741 Comments


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