The Plot In You
First Born


4.0
excellent

Review

by KSK1 USER (6 Reviews)
April 20th, 2011 | 135 replies | 29,658 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very solid start to what will hopefully be a prosperous music career for The Plot In You.

Alas, another metalcore band from Ohio. How many breakdowns can one state single-handedly produce? Well whatever the answer this band is actually a treat compared to most recent releases in this genre. Theres a lot less predictability on The Plot In You's debut full length, "First Born" than you would expect in most metalcore. This band isn't just a For The Fallen Dreams rip-off they are truly something special.

You don't really see a lot of bands putting out concept albums these days so right from the start I was interested to see how this would turn out. The album tells the story of a child abuse victim and the struggles he goes through in life. This is an album where you can truly feel the emotion they were going for on each song. "Miscarriage" speaks for itself and you can feel the depressing tone of the song as you listen to it, and "Rat Poison" is about as angry as this album gets. You'll be immersed in the unique and creepy sound of this album after just 25 seconds of the first song.

The songwriting is pretty basic and includes most of the elements you would expect but better executed than a lot of other bands. The song "Miscarriage" has one of the simplest riffs I've ever heard yet maintains a catchy groove throughout. As I said there are plenty of breakdowns but a lot of them are really different, such as in "The Fathers Seed" for example. The highlight breakdown has an interesting and unexpected pattern and deters it from being predictable. There are no ear blistering guitar solos here, just a lot of good catchy riffing combined with solid drumming to help make this music flow. Vocal-wise, this album features both singing and screaming. Most of the screams are deep, and low range but there are a few high screeches and even lower gutturals featured.

There are only a handful of things to complain about here. One is that the lyrics, although carrying the storyline the album portrays fantastically, don't always flow very smoothly. By this I mean there is almost no rhyming element in most cases. Of course, rhyming is not always necessary in metalcore but it would certainly help these guys a lot and take away some of the awkward sounding moments. An example that stands out is in the song "Filth". About 3/4 of the way through the vocalist says, "We've seen this all 1000 times, it's time for you to stay away", followed by a crushing breakdown. The energy builds up with the rising vocal inensity but it gets lost in the poor lyrical structure. The only other negative aspect on First Born is that they re-recorded a song from their EP and placed it randomly with the rest of the songs. Normally this is not too big of a deal but in a concept album the album structure is a lot more delicate and shouldn't be interrupted.

Overall, this is a very strong debut album from a young band and they breathe some originality in a stale music scene. For people who are tired of bands that all sound the same and use the same riffs and breakdowns over and over again, this is certainly an album that will give you some hope in the future of metalcore and sub-genres alike.



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dixoncocks
April 20th 2011


2548 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not sure how original this is, it kinda sucks.

Digging: Haste the Day - Attack of the Wolf King

Winsomniac
April 20th 2011


7971 Comments


Lol "Miscarriage"

Mewcopa0
April 20th 2011


1799 Comments


ya this shit sucks

PinkBlackberry
April 21st 2011


2346 Comments


I honestly thought this would suck =/

feels like...it might suck.

KSK1
April 21st 2011


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Definitely does not suck. Lol at digging a Dance Gavin Dance album though ^

dixoncocks
April 21st 2011


2548 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol at lolling at that album since it is at least technically proficient.

KSK1
April 21st 2011


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So is a lot of popular radio music, but that doesn't make it good now does it? Another thing they have in common is that their fan base is mostly 14 year old girls.

Although I will say I enjoy Jonny Craig's singing to a degree.

dixoncocks
April 21st 2011


2548 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How is a lot of popular radio music technical?

You are lucky if you even hear an instrument.

Way to base quality of music off of fan base.

Johnny Craig is the one thing i hate most about that band.

We don't agree on anything.



KSK1
April 21st 2011


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

HA, agree to disagree I suppose. But I wasn't basing the quality of the music off their fan base. Just making a point.

Youniverse
April 21st 2011


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album art plus band name make me lol but I have to admit this isn't that bad.

Fallingfarbehind
April 21st 2011


29 Comments


This is really bad...

DinoX
April 21st 2011


3582 Comments


Ya band sucks balls

KSK1
April 22nd 2011


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Can't please everyone I guess.

taxidermist
April 22nd 2011


7203 Comments


Awww fuck no. Youtube'd them and listened to that song called Miscarriage. Sooo generic. JUNJUNJUN
bullshit. The guy also reminds me of the Slipknot vocalist. Vomitrocious.

PinkBlackberry
April 23rd 2011


2346 Comments


Not a whole lot wrong with DGD, the guitar they produce runs circles around Junning the same note notoriously for an entire record.

Thanks for trying to stab at my dig though.

KSK1
April 24th 2011


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I dislike generic sounding "jun jun jun" bands just as much as the next guy, but these guys have a good sound and concept going for them and I think if people would listen to it without assuming it's going to suck they may actually enjoy it. However, if you don't like this kind of stuff to begin with it's not gonna change your mind. Just like some decent guitar work isn't gonna make me like Dance Gavin Dance. Theres really no need to argue about it, people like different music.

Kulti
April 24th 2011


72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First it will sound a bit generic but after some spins you will recognize that this album has something special

charlie15
April 24th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

maybe i'll give it a few more spins. doesn't seem promising though.

pmmets07
April 24th 2011


5872 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

as far as generic djenty metalcore goes, this isn't bad. you have some grammar errors in the second to last paragraph, but otherwise good review

KSK1
April 25th 2011


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the feedback. I noticed I had the wrong form of the word "there" at the start so I changed that. I didn't find any other issues but it's probably comma related which I generally suck with.



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