Adestria
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4.0
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Review

by Dimitri1033 USER (5 Reviews)
April 1st, 2012 | 40 replies | 8,347 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Adestria brings a lot to the table to create an emotionally charged album.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

With the metalcore/post-hardcore genre already filled with many cookie cutter acts, you tend to find bands that lack any passion in the music that they make. Breakdowns, screams and riffs all tend to become too predictable, leaving songs dry and uninteresting.

As you can see, Adestria has a lot to prove if they wish to stand out, and that is exactly what they do.

The vocalist is extremely impressive with a large unclean range going from high fry screams to deep growls. What is also surprising is that the vocalist pulls double duty, providing clean vocals that are nothing to flick your nose at. His clean vocals are very reminiscent of House vs Hurricane. They are aimed more towards the middle register, but are still nonetheless very refreshing.

Lyrically the album feels somewhat of a concept album with song topics ranging from the typical love/hate relationship, to a metaphorical song about getting rid of the captain of a ship. The only problem is that I sometimes can’t tell if some of the lyrics don’t make sense, or if they are so deep that I don’t understand what they are trying to portray. Nonetheless, they are still a strong point of the album.

Instrumentally, Adestria seems to pull elements from many genres. There were some songs that I felt would fit right in with As I Lay Dying’s repository with sweeping guitar riffs and charging tempos.

One thing that really sets Adestria apart from many other metalcore/post-hardcore acts though is the use of synth/keyboard and other programming tools. They aren’t draped over the whole song as a last ditch effort to spice things up, but instead are used to create an atmosphere that will suck you and cause you to experience different sets of emotions. If you want a quick example of what I’m talking about, pull up the song “1984” on YouTube and wait till about 24 seconds into the song.

Another item of note is how the band is able to interweave soft moments of music along with the high-powered moments, showing that they aren’t just a power-chug band. This is clearly shown in the very interesting soft ballad, “More Than You Know”. This song displays the vocalists cleans to an extent that you wouldn’t believe after listening to the previous 6 or 7 tracks.

The album also features 2 guest vocalists. Tyler “Telle” Smith from The Word Alive in track 3 “Whiskey for the Soul”. Telle’s soft vocals fit right in and definitely add a new element to an intense song.

Scott Barnes of In Fear and Faith is featured in the last song of the album titled “Scarlet Letter”. His vocals tend to feel a bit out of place when they do come in towards the last bit of the song though. His vocals just seem a bit fragile compared to Adestria’s vocalist. Simply spoken, they should’ve either chosen a different guest, or not have featured Scott Barnes at all.

Overall, this is a solid album that draws from many elements to create down-right hardcore songs but with such finesse that will more than likely leave you humming verses well after you’re finished listening.

Pros:
Strong lead vocalist capable of delivering solid cleans and uncleans.
Charging instruments that never show a dull moment but are still able to pull off soft moments with no cost in momentum.
Excellent use of synth/keyboard/programming that really sets the mood.

Cons:
An awkward guest vocalist.
Somewhat strange lyrics.


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Dimitri1033
March 31st 2012



33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Constructive criticism welcomed.

firearrow501
March 31st 2012



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. Pos.

I'm really digging this. It's not average bull, and I'm going to have to add these guys to my list of bands that give me much more to chew on than I would've expected, given their debut EP or album (Memphis, LMTF, etc.)

pizzamachine
March 31st 2012



12571 Comments


Your "paragraphs" ought to be longer, but other than that good review.

xandermander
April 1st 2012



626 Comments


Ugh this sounds terrible.

His highs are pretty fucking high though, I'll give him that.

SentencedToSaturnus
April 3rd 2012



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is about as good as a scene band can get.

KSK1
April 3rd 2012



4081 Comments


"Simply spoken, they should’ve either chosen a different guest, or not have featured Scott Barnes at all."

^that line doesn't make sense and just needs some rewording. Also I've never heard anyone refer to harsh vocals as "unclean". I'd either say harsh vocals or screams but maybe I'm just too picky haha. Anyway good review I'll pos. I'm assuming this will bore me but i'll prob listen eventually anyway.

Annayalater
April 3rd 2012



192 Comments


Good review. Surprisingly awesome album as well.

"His clean vocals are very reminiscent of House vs Hurricane."

I have to disagree with this though. I don't really see the similarity.

iamSeraph
April 7th 2012



860 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is about as good as a scene band can get.[2]

Digging it big time. Great breakdowns, nice shouter range.
Also nice review, pos'd for sure.

lscarl
June 15th 2012



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Easily one of the best albums of the year

mechatanner
June 16th 2012



269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been watching this band since their ep dropped. They are honestly one of my new favorites. Their vox are top notch, and not
over-layered or edited. Definitely worth the listening

TheMoreira
June 16th 2012



7173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review mate, i'll pose it.

Im actually only giving it a good listen now. Damn that's quality post hardcore. Fucking hell, Matt screams like a beast. Very versatile man.

Digging: Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All

joshieboy12345
June 29th 2012



5370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surprise of the year so far, this band has exceeded my expectations, 1984 is the best song on here, the balance between high's low's and cleans are done perfectly, awesome stuff.

mechatanner
August 6th 2012



269 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, just mind the paragraph lengths. Seriously loving this band though, their vocals are pretty damn impressive

TheMoreira
August 8th 2012



7173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmm after a while, just gave up on this. Only a few tracks give me anything at all, I guess my post hardcore days are over. Matt still screams like beast though.

FriendlyCthulhu
August 25th 2012



9 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

If I was going to rate this as a metal album, I'd give it a 1.5. But, I'll be generous. I'll give it a 1.5 though anyways because I'd still rather trap my balls in a searing hot vice than hear those god awful vocals again.

TheMoreira
August 26th 2012



7173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahahah xD That was awesome. Cmon man, the vocals are pretty good!

Evreaia
August 26th 2012



4014 Comments


no they aren't

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TheMoreira
August 26th 2012



7173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meet me by Wendy's, we'll talk about it

Evreaia
August 26th 2012



4014 Comments


deal

ChuckyTruant
August 26th 2012



15710 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Double baconator plz

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