Escape the Fate
Dying Is Your Latest Fashion


1.5
very poor

Review

by YetAnotherBrick USER (27 Reviews)
May 7th, 2011 | 472 replies | 34,030 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A hopelessly derivative journey into the ventricles of yet another broken heart.

15 of 29 thought this review was well written

How many times have music listeners been told the same, stale stories over and over again? Heartbreak, drifting away from friends, anger at an ex, it’s all been done. You would think that a new band, to attract listeners, would try something different and unique, something that hasn’t been done by a pile of other artists already. Now, I’m not saying I’m going to denounce every song about a relationship ending or something along those lines because it’s “unoriginal,” I would just like it if the song at least talked about the subject in an original way. Escape the Fate’s Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, in all its derivative and pseudo-emotional glory, does not even pretend to accomplish this.

The album is a mongrel of rehashed ideas, both lyrically and musically. And none of its aspects are executed nearly as well as by the superior artists Escape the Fate probably took them from. The lyrics, in an effort to creatively convey the feelings of love and loss, are borderline atrocious all the way through. Like this stanza from “When I Go Out, I Want To Go Out On A Chariot of Fire;”

You’re the only one that wore your seatbelt,
We’re the only ones that cried,
Catastrophic accident,
You’re the only one that died.


I must say, the italics do help in making those lines look much more profound than they actually are. The word “seatbelt,” as it’s used in these lines, sticks out like a sore, unlistenable thumb not only because it’s a bland, common word, but also because it there wasn‘t even an attempt to metaphorically dress it up. The same problem is evident in this line from “There’s No Sympathy For the Dead;”

We dance like zombies do in the middle of the rain,
We see stones falling from the sky on fire
The blinding light beaming from your eyes are desire
Life has died, yet we’re still alive.


Zombies, really? I mean, I get that it’s there to support what the song is about, but there are many other ways to mean an alive/dead person, without saying the tactless-sounding “zombie.” Not to mention how awfully the rest of the stanza flows. And the rest of the album’s lyrics are either just very poorly written, generic to a very high degree, or an unfortunate combination of the two. They’re also loaded with failed attempts at cleverness and inventive metaphors, as evident in the album’s title, which is taken from “Situations.”

“Woah, dying…a fashion? I’ve never thought about it like that before!” I’m sure the lyricist thinks he’s the shit.

And the music that stands behind these lyrics does not stand very tall. In fact, throughout the course of each song, it falls to the ground and crumbles into pieces. It’s trying so hard to be epic and emotionally grueling, but it just ends up sounding like a terrible, pretentious mess. I hadn’t contorted my face into a grimace so sickened for a long time before I heard the string passage at the end of “There’s No Sympathy For the Dead,” or the shamelessly simplistic ‘breakdown,’ coupled with hopelessly bad death metal-esque growls at the end of “The Guillotine.” And all of the wanky guitar solos peppered throughout the album, that I’m assuming were meant to both make the album more musically interesting, and to show off the musicianship of the band members, come off sounding tacky and hilariously out of place. Almost as out of place as the ear-gratingly blunt and shamelessly pseudo-heartfelt closer “The Day I Left the Womb.” What’s really sad is that this song isn’t the first time an acoustic guitar appears out of nowhere on the album, when it shouldn’t.

Dying Is Your Latest Fashion treads no new ground anywhere. And the stale ground it does tread on weakens and breaks through the course of every song. Bland, ‘catchy’ hooks, derivative ‘metal’ riffs, and brash, thrown-together lyrics are found everywhere. But this album is not post-hardcore, and it’s not metalcore, it just sucks.

Darling, what is going on
Honestly, that never happened,
Lying is your favorite passion
Leave me, go where you belong
Higher heels and lipstick napkins,
Dying is the latest fashion.




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YetAnotherBrick
May 7th 2011



4315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

1.5 'cause it tries.

Digging: The Beatles - Revolver

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2011



6731 Comments


Agree on just about everything. Pos

Rev
May 7th 2011



9291 Comments


THESE SITUAAATIIIIIIIOOOOOOONS

G3N3R1C
May 7th 2011



1945 Comments


user rating
3.4
great


i hate humanity.

pos'd.

YetAnotherBrick
May 7th 2011



4315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^ I know, right? SIXTY FIVE 5's? /facepalm.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2011



6731 Comments


There is no hope for humanity.

YetAnotherBrick
May 7th 2011



4315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Indeed not.

PostModernJellyfish
May 7th 2011



459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^ Fucking A man. Just goes to show you that A LOT of people are easily impressed.

CrownOfMagnets
May 7th 2011



2190 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Better than Court of the Crimson King and Dark Side of the Moon rite

xxKillWithASmile
May 7th 2011



240 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There are a couple songs I like, mostly because of nostalgia and stuff. Admittedly, it's been a while since I've given even those ones a listen.

G3N3R1C
May 7th 2011



1945 Comments


That album cover pisses me the fuck off. That alone would be enough to drive me away from this if i hadnt known a damn thing about the music itself.

Btw, i looked at their band page on here, and their self-titled's album cover is possibly worse. It looks like a really gay and disgusting cross between the covers of I Get Wet and Queen II.

HBFS
May 7th 2011



1214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nostalgia. And My Apocalypse/There's No Sympathy are fucking good songs

AtavanHalen
May 7th 2011



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Oh dear. Just no, dude.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2011



6731 Comments


I think you might get a few poS

twlichty
May 8th 2011



3394 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

horrid album

pmmets07
May 8th 2011



5781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck yall

YetAnotherBrick
May 8th 2011



4315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Actually, There's No Sympathy and My Apocalypse might be some of the worst songs on here.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2011



6731 Comments


^whole album.

North0House2
May 8th 2011



5583 Comments


This whole band is gay. Even their relatives are stupid. I played in a band for a brief period of time with one of the guy's cousins. The kid was a crappy drummer, an self-indulgent pothead, and just a douche in general. He locked our guitarist in a closet and wouldn't let him out.
I hated that kid.

Anyway, good review. This band is horrid.

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YetAnotherBrick
May 8th 2011



4315 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^ hahaha, why am I not surprised? XD



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