I, the Breather
Truth and Purpose


3.0
good

Review

by I Am The Sputnikker USER (12 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2012 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I, The Breather tread water with their Sophomore full length Truth and Purpose

Sounding familiar can go two ways for a band’s signature sound. I, The Breather have made it no secret through their playing style that they enjoy melodic metalcore a la August Burns Red. They use identical guitar tunings, incorporate melodic riffs and leads over top of basic chugging patterns, and formulate their success on energetic live shows through punchy breakdowns. Fortunately for ITB, they have still managed to craft their own sound through the two records released by Sumerian Records. Despite utilizing the aforementioned ABR template, they add a bit of technical production wizardry much like their labelmates in Periphery.

For anyone who has seen I, The Breather live, a huge part of their sound is their guitar tone. One of the few bands with this low of a guitar tuning that hasn’t resorted to 7-or-8 string guitars, I, The Breather instead opt to change the sound coming out of the guitar instead of the guitar itself. In addition to sounding dense and rich, the tubular sound generated by the rhythm section is catchy, choppy and distinct. The staccato playing style of the rhythm guitarist and bassist accentuate the crisp, clean drumming style very well and provides a sturdy backbone for the up-tempo playing style. Contrasting the fairly simple rhythm section is quick runs and melodic riffing by lead guitarist Justin Huffman. The legato, angular riffing style is a wonderful contrast to the very abrupt choppiness of the rhythm section, though at times the textural contrast is short-lived. At times the lead guitar strays dangerously far into familiar territory, as seen on the last track (“4.12.11”), something sure to initiate comparisons to this band’s contemporaries.

As previously noted, the band thrives with a fast, driving sound as seen in “Mentalist” and “False Profit.” When the band slows things down, the most notable problems are Spann’s vocals and the incessant chugging. Vocalist Shawn Spann thrives in a breakneck pace, with his high-registered, unbelievably nasally vocals hastily and harshly delivered on top of the musical landscape supporting him. The slower tracks “Judgment,” “Bruised and Broken,” and “Meaning” suffer from poor vocal spacing and open chord monotony, making the middle of the album quite honestly a bit of a drag to listen to.

Another questionable but limited addition is the usage of clean vocals. Becoming something quite cliché among younger metal and hardcore bands, I, The Breather’s cleans are ill-advised. The ridiculous amounts of studio reverb added to make them palatable probably signals that they should never have been included in the first place. Despite such ignominious clean vocal plugs, the vocal performance is solid. While Spann’s vocals are sure to rub some listeners the wrong way, they are genuinely passionate and personal, something similar bands struggle to achieve (Cough, Periphery, Cough).

In summary, I, The Breather will probably gain a lot of new fans from this record. It is catchy, fast, passionate, and great for a quick drive in the car or the gym. While the band comes close at times to encroaching on their contemporaries, they still manage to squeeze some their own sound out of it.



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AtomicShane
March 2nd 2012


2118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im currently in love with this cd

xandermander
March 2nd 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It is what it is. It's not going to be something in rotation regularly but they are doing their own thing and it sounds pretty good.

ITsHxCTOASTER
March 2nd 2012


2520 Comments


Ehhhhhhhhhhh

DotEight
March 2nd 2012


5704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band is meh.

Leatherneck
March 2nd 2012


676 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they'll probably never be anything else than a August Burns Red rip off, and that band isn't even that good



also, they came closer to the signature As I Lay Dying sound than to Periphery (i really see no similarities)

ChuckyTruant
March 2nd 2012


15763 Comments


Good review

xandermander
March 2nd 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

On a lighter note, can someone tell me how I get an avatar? I am at the forum site where you have the option to change it, BUT ALL I SEE ARE THE PRE-DEFINED STANDARD AVATARS.

ChuckyTruant
March 2nd 2012


15763 Comments


Scroll down brah

TooLateToGoBack
March 2nd 2012


1952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shame they didn't seem to try. I expected so much better for a sophomore release.



Really just These Are My Sins v2.

xandermander
March 2nd 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I would if I could, but I can't... Tried doing it in explorer too, not seeing anything helpful.

TooLateToGoBack
March 2nd 2012


1952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You need to add BOTH a profile picture and Avatar.



Use the same picture for both, obviously.

ChuckyTruant
March 2nd 2012


15763 Comments


Or don't use the same for both and be a boss

silentstar
March 2nd 2012


2497 Comments


I enjoyed this album; really fun, and the vocals/music have their moments to shine.

wacknizzle
March 2nd 2012


14516 Comments


I, The Repetitive Breakdown.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 2nd 2012


7047 Comments


XANDER MANDER
HE DOES NOT PANDER
TO WIT OR CANDOR


FearThyEvil
March 2nd 2012


15343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Im currently in love with this cd



You're in love with everything shitty.

xandermander
March 2nd 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Everyone on the internet is so extreme. This isn't shitty at all, it's just not great.

wacknizzle
March 3rd 2012


14516 Comments


This band just trades creativity for unnecessary done a million times before breakdowns like just about every other metalcore band does now days. Yeah these guys can play well but their sound is so tired and boring.

xandermander
March 3rd 2012


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can name a ton of bands with the same formula, but I'm a sucker for this guitar tone and fast, choppy breakdowns. That said, this still isn't very good.

silentstar
March 3rd 2012


2497 Comments


I've never understood the concept of only listening to "good" bands; I mean, if you enjoy something, you might as well just listen to, regardless of how average it is. I think it only becomes a problem when people will try to praise such a band as being the best thing.



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