Review Summary: Mediocre release from a band that could do so much more
had high hopes for this album, I mean when you're locked inside a cell 24/7 with nothing to do creativity should flow trough you're brain like lightning, instead we get another mediocre metalcore/post-hardcore release.
Don't get me wrong, I love Ronnie's voice, it was the best part of escape the fate, but this album is too vocally focused.
The album starts with Raised by Wolves, the first single released, and it's one of the better songs off of this album, featuring a synth part that leads to a screaming verse bashing escape the fate (like most of the songs), after the song ends Tragic Magic kicks and it sucks, the singing is annoying the lyrics are even worse.
Eventually you will end up on the second single "the drug in me is you", the guitar riffs aren't anything exceptional but are nice, the chorus is catchy, the solo is all about speed but it's okay.
I'm not a vampire was the first song I clicked when the album was streamed online, and it's actually another of the best songs on the album, the lyrics again are all about Ronnie suprise suprise!
Good Girls Bad Guys is one of the worst songs next to Tragic Magic, the lyrics annoy the *** out of me the whole song I felt like it was written by a 13 year old pervert, afterwards you get pick up the phone the only thing that saves this song is the bass lines that gives the song a really groovy sound and because it was one of the most diverse songs on the entire album.
(Here is where the album gets better)
Now track 7 "Don't mess with ouija boards", and if you like the heavyer songs that Escape The Fate had, you will listen to this over 9000 times!
This song belongs to this albums songs that where written with seriousness, and that's what makes it so damn good.
Sink or Swim, this song isn't really memorable or anything it's good of a couple of listens nothing more, when this song ends you get "caught like a fly" it as a fair musical style (i'm serious), and I think it suits this album because of it's diversity.
The album highlight "goodbye graceful", is the best song it doesn't do anything new to the genre itself but shows how the band can really write a serious and heavy song, that blends with the album, the vocals in this song overshine almost all the others, the solo is crazy and the riffs are the basic chug-chug we all know from metalcore.
The album ends with "The Westener", to be fair I was pumped from track 7 to track 10 and when this song started with "I was born one night in december" I was really digging it but as the song progresses it gets worse and worse.
Raised by Wolves
Don't Mess with Ouija Boards
Caught Like a Fly
Good Girls Bad Guys