Review Summary: Blandest & most hyped up post-hardcore/metalcore act since…wait…
Woe, Is Me, is a too many-piece band hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, scrapped together from the remains of multiple other metalcore acts. With crushing breakdowns and Jonny Craig-ripped clean vocals, the band released Number[s], which met immediate attention from scenie weenies all over the nation. Truth be told, the vocals are good and breakdowns heavy. But the deal with Number[s] is every aspect of it is something far overdone, as post-hardcore/metalcore has become a commodity over the past few years. The good vocals, the good breakdowns, the creative melodies, the bass drops, are all heard before. They even let another band make this obvious by bringing in Tyler Carter’s evident vocal clone in Jonny Craig of Dance Gavin Dance within 2 songs (which he in turn made slightly less boring).
The album kicks off with a 1 minute intro, and goes straight into the hit track of the album, “[&] Delinquents”. The short track, “On Veiled Men” should have just been made into one track with “[&] Delinquents”, as that would have made the song more appealing. After the following track, the album hits a rapid decline and this is where any music listener not interested in sitting on a bandwagon should press stop. To sum it up shortly, the remaining tracks all consist of the whiniest vocal takes you’ll ever hear without putting Scary Kids Scaring Kids on for a spin, breakdowns that Of Mice & Men or Attack Attack! Could dwarf, and melodies you could find in 50 other moderately popular post-hardcore bands.
The instruments within the album are generic for the most part, with guitars and melodies deaf to the ears of the listener, while blissfully focusing on the overbearing vocals and commanding breakdowns. One who looks will discover the rhythm guitarist and the bassist have been playing hide-and-seek with eachother behind the rest. However, the drummer is quite a talent if you can appreciate the never ending complicated fills tied with the romance between him and his ride bell. The keyboardist is mostly forgotten as well besides his role in distorted vocals and the occasional interesting synth take.
On the bright side, W,IM did manage to garner an interest, and for that, I commend them. They’ve gone through 2 different lead guitarists since the release of Number[s], so one might hope this new man (Andrew Paiano formerly of Abandon All Ships) can inspire some sort of individuality to the rest of them. Also gone is the clean vocalist, Carter. His replacement is TBD, and hopefully he won’t make more vibrato-tainted singing as his predecessor did. My favorite parts of this album are my addiction to breakdowns, and the talented screamer, Michael Bohn. His performance makes the rest of the album standable and the breakdowns slightly unique, with his vicious barks & intense yells. Mainly because of these two qualities, the album merely flirts with failure with a hand tight on indifference.
Clean Vocals (Tyler Carter): 7/10
Screamed Vocals (Michael Bohn): 8.5/10
Guitars (Tim Sherrill & Kevin Hanson): 7/10
Bass (Cody Ferris): They have a bassist? (4.5/10)
Drums (Austin Thornton): 8/10
Keys (Ben Ferris): 7.5/10