Etienne Sin
The Art of Stealing Hearts


1.0
awful

Review

by Scott Krasman USER (31 Reviews)
November 4th, 2011 | 364 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Terribly generic post-hardcore with absolutely horrendous vocals, unbearable production and constant ego-stroking. Sound like fun?

I was first introduced to Etienne Sin via a video sent to me by a friend, claiming that artist in question was a vocalist with “the sickest range ever!” Being ever sceptical, I clicked the link and was greeted to one of the most bizarre tracks that has ever graced these ears. The singer was by far the most bizarre thing about the song; I wasn’t even sure if he was male or female until about forty-five seconds in. His range, while mildly impressive, sounded uncontrolled and extremely forced, and his screams were nothing short of laughable. Add in the fact that the music itself was incredibly incoherent, and you can pretty much guess how long it took for me to close my browser. I was actually dreading writing this review since it meant that I would have to listen to the entire album, and it turns out that my fears were correct. The Art of Stealing Hearts is one of the worst post-hardcore albums ever written.

Where do I begin? Well, it doesn’t exactly help the album’s case that the cover art is among the worst I’ve ever seen. What the hell was he thinking? Not surprisingly, it’s a dead giveaway that the music is atrocious. Etienne seems to love the sound of his own voice, to the point where the rest of the music suffers terribly because of it. Somewhere along the line, his ego must have screwed with his head and convinced him of his divine abilities as a vocalist. His whiny and abrasive tone completely ruins any slight chance I may have had to enjoy these songs, as I can only imagine myself punching him in the fleshy area where his nuts should be instead. The guy comes off as a complete nutcase in his website’s biography, claiming that his album is destined to become a collector’s item and that he’s an inspiration to post-hardcore musicians around the world. Someone needs a slice of humble pie.

The songs themselves are filled top-to-bottom with horribly generic breakdowns, obnoxious pop choruses and hilariously terrible lyrics. Nobody involved with the creation of this album seems to understand the term “originality”, and it really shows through in how unbelievably bland the album is. There is next to no variation in any of the tracks, and that’s really not a good thing when the style is god-awful to begin with. “That’s What She Said” is almost unbearable to listen to. I think my faith in music dropped slightly during the opening few seconds. Lines like “It’s like climbing up the Eiffel Tower just to fly away” and “If I was in between your thighs, I’d lay down and kiss just to tranquilize” are painful to read, let alone listen to during a bunch of breakdowns. How anybody can create such garbage and actually see value in its existence is beyond me. I actually feel bad for anyone who contributed to the making of this album, as it appears like they were simply being strung along as pawns in Etienne’s quest to become “the leader of independent post-hardcore music.” If this is where post-hardcore is going, I guess I need to backtrack and listen to more Fugazi or something.

Listen to this once if you need a cheap laugh, and then never listen to it again. Etienne’s ridiculous vocals handicap any sort of potential that the rest of the music might have once possessed. The man needs a serious reality check, because he clearly considers himself a remarkably talented individual. In actuality, it’s remarkable that the guy can even walk straight with a head that big. To sum it all up, The Art of Stealing Hearts is a complete waste of time, hampered by one of the worst vocal performances of recent memory. Avoid at all costs.



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loveisamixtape
November 4th 2011


6118 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

THIS is what you've been writing for?

i thought you were kidding when you showed me that video

this band is the worst thing ever, and jesus klondike bar fucking christ the vocals

FrankRedHot
November 4th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

1.5? too high

Scoot
November 4th 2011


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

is this better?

Scoot
November 4th 2011


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

album is on mediafire btw in case anyone has the balls to listen to the whole thing

loveisamixtape
November 4th 2011


6118 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i don't, i'm sorry

Ovrot
November 4th 2011


10508 Comments


I still have no idea how to do the 0.5 thing

Digging: Satan's Satyrs - Demo 2010

cupidstunt
November 4th 2011


60 Comments


that cover

wow

Scoot
November 4th 2011


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

see this should be a 1 but i gave 'er the .5 off because etienne is a massive douche

cupidstunt
November 4th 2011


60 Comments


wow this is so gay.

Scoot
November 4th 2011


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D23yqWcRXBE for anyone who doesn't want to sit through all of it

crazyblinddude
November 4th 2011


3389 Comments


oh man that is badddd

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

holy motherfucking shit balls this is terrible. actually 'terrible' isn't even nearly a strong enough word. This makes Nickelback look like GY!BE.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2011


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"Etienne’s ridiculous vocals handicap any sort of potential that the rest of the music might have once possessed."

I don't know where you're getting this idea that the music is any better than the vocals; it isn't. They're both god awful to the nth degree. pos though.

Cells
November 4th 2011


1875 Comments


http://www.mp3unsigned.com/gallery/22777etienne_new_pic.jpg

Tyrael
November 4th 2011


20901 Comments


Lol that cover

ZilbelPing
November 4th 2011


6161 Comments


Looked at this because of the question mark rating. Found out it's a very shitty post hardcore album.

Gonna listen later to verify.

Strider
November 4th 2011


4598 Comments


is the 0.5 a bug?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2011


50587 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This guy is a tool

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pizzamachine
November 4th 2011


12571 Comments


Can't believe how bad this is.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2011


50587 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I've known about this guy for a long time



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