Stray From the Path
Rising Sun


4.0
excellent

Review

by I Am The Sputnikker USER (12 Reviews)
September 6th, 2011 | 124 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "This is the Rising Sun, it hangs from up above, blinding the children from the darknesses they’ve come to love."

Long Island alternative-hardcore band Stray from the Path deliver on the promises they offer in the opening and title track of their 3rd full-length album from Sumerian Records. Make Your Own History remains their defining release, and Rising Sun follows right in its footsteps. While not quite MYOH 2.0, it encompasses and follows the same trends and themes as were previously set. Drew York maintains his rarely-screamed, heat-filled yells much in the vain of Rage Against the Machine, packing hate and angst in a way few vocalists can.

The drop of a rhythm guitarist ends up being a solid change for the now 4-piece band. Guitar wunderkind and brain-child Thomas Williams constantly pumps out catchy, angular, and distorted riffs out of his signature 3-amp setup and maintains great flow on every song. The guitar, bass, and drums are very spontaneous and rarely do what you want them to or expect. Their trademark mathy sound is well-played and even slightly discontenting for first time listeners but is something that is a great changeup for repeat listeners and longtime fans of the band. Laser-like guitar effects like those used in “Mad Girl” do more than add something cool and new; they are a signature of the chaotic fury that Stray is known for.

Breakdowns abound in the album and they are rarely as punchy and heavy as those found in MYOH’s “The Things You Own End up Owning You” or “Damien.” Instead they rely on off-time drumming and dissonant guitar licks, bringing back memories of older hardcore/metalcore acts. The breakdown in “Bring it back to the streets” is a great example off the spontaneous nature of the breakdowns. The long gap between guitar notes allows for great little catchy fills from Dan Bourke within the short-lived breakdown.

Aside from the guitar, the main selling point for Stray From the Path are the vocals by Drew York. His intelligible yells fit very well with the music again, often using uncomfortably gauche transitions and packing in words with the atypical rhythms. Unfortunately, this album lacks some of the signature noises he made in MYOH. Where on the previous album he would make vocalizations like the forceful “BLEARGH” or the “DAAAAAAA EEEEUHHHHH BLEAAAAAHHH” type of strained and stretched sound he made in “Damien,” he now casually throws in a simple “blech!” in way too many spots on the album (three times in the first four tracks). While it was catchy before, now it seems like he’s doing it just to fill a demand by the fans and/or label.

The guest spots on the album are great, with Jon Vigil’s low bellows from The Ghost Inside being a great contrast to York’s high yells on the track “Death Beds.” Cory Brandan from Norma Jean’s overtone-rich vocals also work great on the track “Prey,” speaking out against using Christianity as a marketing and merchandising tool.

Even so, lyrically, Stray is as awkward as ever. Drew often attempts to rhyme in spots where it really is cringe-worthy. It’s easy to forgive him though when he’s busy calling out everyone from his ex-girlfriend who has full custody of their daughter, people who pirate music, fake Christian bands, Attack Attack!, and the upper class.

The sound clip at the end of iMember where a former Attack Attack! vocalist is quoted as saying “What connects us to the hardcore scene is the fact we use pink and purple in our name, but when kids come out and hear that we have heavy-ass breakdowns and stuff, it’s like, not what you’d expect” embodies everything Stray is not about. You won’t find any bass drops or clean singing on this record; the band isn’t trying to become huge and play arena shows, they are just 4 dudes from Long Island who are trying to shine some light on all the fake bull*** around them.



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xandermander
September 6th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goddamnit why is there no album art

RosaParks
September 6th 2011


14936 Comments


You made another album page. I am disappoint

xandermander
September 6th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have never made another review page before, wtf. Does this mean I need a mod?

Dear first mod who looks at this, can we somehow delete this duplicate page?

Scoot
September 6th 2011


17842 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

did you make another album page what the hell

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

xandermander
September 6th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

derp

Scoot
September 6th 2011


17842 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nobody you broke the internet forever

xandermander
September 6th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

derp

Scoot
September 6th 2011


17842 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

who knows

MalleusMaleficarum
September 6th 2011


14362 Comments


afterthebreakdown is gonna love this

AfterTheBreakdown
September 6th 2011


7159 Comments


lol

xandermander
September 6th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

derp

OneMoreRoland
September 6th 2011


1051 Comments


Yo. There are at least 5 bass drops in this album haha.

xandermander
September 6th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not anywhere near a focal point, though. This band hardly relies on bass-drops like a band like For Today or various other generic and boring breakdown-centric bands do.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 6th 2011


2688 Comments


Calm down; I get paid the nothing bucks to fix stuff like this.

xandermander
September 6th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jom you tha man!

Pharoh
September 6th 2011


3326 Comments


"they rely on off-time drumming"

Doesn't most of Sumerian bands include this type of drumming structure?

SatelliteYears
September 6th 2011


190 Comments


BLEH!

pmmets07
September 6th 2011


5905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

^^^^^ took the words out of my mouth

FearThyEvil
September 6th 2011


12645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The Attack Attack! interview in iMember is hilarious.

dansxdead
September 6th 2011


438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review dude, this album rules hard. I couldn't ask for a better follow-up.



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