Confession
The Long Way Home


2.5
average

Review

by streetripper USER (2 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2011 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dear Mr Crafter...

Dear Mr Crafter

My name is Michael, 14 years old and have just gotten a girlfriend as a result of looking cool while listening to your band really loudly on my (Official) Ipod headphones. I just wanted to say that I simply loved your latest album, 'The Long Way Home'. It gives me everything I could ever want. It's heavy (Although not quite as heavy as Heavy Devy is Heavy though... or my favourite band, 'As Blood Runs Black'), breakdown-ey, contains enough mainstream alienating screaming to keep me happy while having enough effects laden, clean sung choruses to make my girlfriend like you as well. And, to be honest, I didn't really like your first EP that much. It was way too soft and harmonisey - But, I am glad you've improved with Cancer and your most recent album.

I am so happy that you made your album as heavy as it is. Even though everyone else has already done it, and it tends to wash out the mix for a few seconds, and it doesn't work on my crappy compressed speakers, I love how you use bass drops to give that extra 'umph' to your breakdowns. When combined with your low growls and bomb-string style drop tunings, these moments leave me flabbergasted, and yet, wanting more. Also, I can't get enough of your solo screaming moments. Every time I listen to 'I Created This Horror' I jump up on the nearest piece of furniture and scream "I Don't Give A.......(Wait for it).......***!!!!" So much fun. To me, that is soooo much more brutal than 'Retrace The Steps'. And, in contrast, I really like your singing on this album. I didn't know you were so good at it. If you decide to reply to my letter, can you provide me with some techniques so I can also cut ALL the bass out of my singing voice.

I also really like your riffs, or are they your band's riffs (who cares)? I really liked the one on Gimme A.D.D where it goes baah-bah-bah- bah-bah- bah-bah---- bah-bah- bah-bah- bah-bah-baah! But, if you want some advice, I think you should just completely dump the harmonising clean guitars. They're the only thing holding you back from hardcore greatness, after all, how many other Australian Hardcore bands do it? Not many, as far as I can tell. So, I feel that, If you had removed the harmonised clean guitar sections from your breakdowns, you could have potentially written one of the best hardcore albums ever ('Converge' would have nothing on you).

While my criticisms of your album are a little harsh, I really really like it. I was actually really concerned when I heard that you had formed a band, and written an EP which wasn't as heavy as your 'I Killed The Prom Queen' stuff. But I am glad that you ditched that crap in favour of the metalcore you are producing now. Thank you so much for your most recent contribution to our local hardcore/metalcore scene. Don't ever change!

I look forward to hearing back from you

Yours Sincerely

Michael


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sspedding
December 22nd 2011


4766 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lololol

AfterTheBreakdown
December 22nd 2011


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wtf

AfterTheBreakdown
December 22nd 2011


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

anyways this album is a lot like parkway drive.

streetripper
December 22nd 2011


28 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@Afterthebreakdown, I would disagree, Confession appears to be driven by their instrumentation, Parkway on the other hand is solely reliant upon Winston McCall's vocals. Confession appears to have a closer musical aesthetic with The Amity Affliction than Parkway, especially in the choruses.

AfterTheBreakdown
December 22nd 2011


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never heard of them.

streetripper
December 22nd 2011


28 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I find them kind of irritating, but if Misery Signals (An actually reputable Metalcore band) was willing to support them in Australia, they may be worth a listen to foreigners. BTW, Misery Signals were AWESOME on that tour.

AfterTheBreakdown
December 22nd 2011


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've seen Misery Signals and they were something else live (at least when i saw them) anyways I really dig confession.

pizzamachine
December 22nd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So.. many.. breakdowns. Good though.

asaf
December 22nd 2011


885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this isn't a review. this is wankery.

sspedding
December 22nd 2011


4766 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cant believe i just downloaded this. Absolute shite.

FearThyEvil
December 22nd 2011


12558 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

6. Gimme A.D.D

No wonder it sounds like Parkway Drive.

Nikkolae
December 23rd 2011


4849 Comments


@fear: atleast they picked a song off their best album to rip off, i love iktpq but crafter is a shitty singer

FearThyEvil
December 25th 2011


12558 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good point.

xorax
December 28th 2011


96 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This nothing but a Parkway rip off with annoying cleans.

Plus Crafter doesn't do the cleans, Dan Brown does.

Spec
January 21st 2012


27179 Comments


This is bad ugh.

joshieboy12345
February 1st 2012


5370 Comments


Crafter always will be Australia's favorite metal son, only reason this album is a 4 and not a 2.5 is coz of how much i love Crafter and that's not in a homo way hahaha.

MarLovP
April 16th 2012


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Generic metalcore, but done beautifully.

AtomicShane
April 16th 2012


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this cd is awesome.

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

AfterTheBreakdown
April 16th 2012


7147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah it is.

sspedding
April 17th 2012


4766 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I dont really understand why people rate this so highly. They footed the bill on a tour over here in the UK with The Ghost Inside and Parkway Drive recently and didn't really have any impact. Their rinse repeat metalcore formula the vocalist has enforced on all of his previous bands isn't really having any justice done for it with Confession. I wasn't really a fan of any of his previous ventures (except post Crafter I Killed The Prom Queen). Each band was as formulaic as the last and this one is no different. Thus I don't really rate him. Crafter aside though, I find the other members of Confession to be relatively sub par musicians and it is reflected in their over reliance of constantly chopping open notes throughout "The Long Way Home" whilst sporadically laying on derivative melodic riffs over the top. Maybe they have redeeming qualities but I just don't hear it. Ah well, each to their own.



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