Fear Before
Art Damage


4.5
superb

Review

by Dylan Wachman USER (44 Reviews)
January 20th, 2006 | 25 replies | 9,760 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Fear Before the March of Flames: Possibly the most original and interesting band name I've ever heard in my life.

[FBTMOF is how I'll refer to the band to prevent swelling of my hand (aka "sausage fingers")]

Hardcore music has come a pretty long way. Every city seems to have one hardcore band, but few of them are good. There's even a hardcore band in my city, "954 Hardcore" is their name (954 is my area code). Very little of these bands actually make it big in the industry, some do not deserve it, a la Hawthorne Heights. Or, a la Atreyu. The point of all of this, is that good hardcore music is hard to come by. FBTMOF does not have that huge of a fan-base, I've never even seen a music video from them, they have not made it BIG as the others have. It truly is a shame that they deserve more credit then they recieve.

Art Damage is FBTMOF's second album after they released "Odd How People Shake", which was also a great album (review coming soon :P). Anyway, the band are a four piece from Denver. Currently, they are signed on to Equal Vision and both of their albums were released off of EV. But I'm sure that none of this interests you so let me start talking about the actual album.

What I like more about Art Damage than anything would have to be the mix of good instrumentation with the great screaming. The guitar riffs are similar to something you would hear from Fall Of Troy, but mildly different. The music is pure chaos, but it's chaos with a purpose. But don't let me sound like the head vampire from "Blade 2". I mean, the chaos does have a purpose, but nothing out of the ordinary. Basically what I'm trying to say is that even through all of the maddness, you can still hear the melodies. It's not so crazy to the point that you start thinking that maybe it's not music. Or it gets there and quickly gets back to the rhythm of the song. This transition is really an amazing thing for the music, and sounds great.

The lyrics that FBTMOF produce are also pretty good, that is if you can hear them over the yelling. Here is a snippet from the song "The State of Texas vs. Fear Before", "Oh yeah. Thank God. I could use a companion.
To hell or bust. I could use a companion. They havenít found her body, but theyíre onto me. Iím sorry to drag you in, but I had no choice. I said I was sorry, so stop crying!" This track is obviously about murder, which shows that the band takes note on present issues. I know murder has been going on eternally, but "her" body shows that he killed a female, which I hear is popular nowadays. Another track that proves this is "Hey Kid, I'm A Computer, Stop All The Downloading." I don't need to give you lyrics for that one because you could see what it's about from the title.

Overall, I think that Art Damage is a step in the right direction for FBTMOF. The songs are all wildly amusing and they donít ever really get old. I know all music gets old but Iíve been listening to this since it came out in September, and I could listen to it through completely with out touching my computer. I would say that FBTMOF are a good band to get into if you like post-hardcore. This album is recommended for fans ofÖ Fall Of Troy, the Blood Brothers, and Remembering Never. I feel that if you have anything to do with those bands, you will find something to like in Art Damage.

- I didnít rate this a five because itís not a ďClassic". I also didnít list the faults in the album because there were none.

PPS: If you neg me because you disagree with my rating, then Iíll kick you in the jaw.

-------beyondtheblueprint



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NEDM
January 20th 2006



1113 Comments


Why thank you Jom. I highly recommend you just get the album if you liked that track.

pulseczar
January 20th 2006



2385 Comments


You could've just copy and pasted the band's name. Pretty good review, I thought you had stopped reviewing.

NEDM
January 20th 2006



1113 Comments


Hahaha, that is where you are wrong my friend. Actually, I just started high school so I get slammed with homework everyday. I never have time to get on sputnik.

pulseczar
January 20th 2006



2385 Comments


Oh yeah, I forgot Americans start school a year later than Canadians. I'm in grade 10 and basically as old as you.

NEDM
January 20th 2006



1113 Comments


Really, thats cool. I should move to Canada and get out of school before all my friends then :pThis Message Edited On 01.20.06

stephankirstein
January 20th 2006



20 Comments


meh = this review.... MY OPINIONThis Message Edited On 01.20.06

NEDM
January 20th 2006



1113 Comments


Umm, what?

wesdunn!!!
January 20th 2006



1 Comments


OK, seriously, do some research before you write a review. "Hey Kid..." the title
comes from the Gi Joe spoofs, and if you read some of the titles from their 1st
album, which was REISSUED on equal vision, you'd know that they reference alot of
different sources for their titles. Also, you are way off base on the meaning of, "The
state of Texas vs. Fear Before" the song is about different members of the band
being arrested in San Marcos, TX while on tour. So, there's my 2 cents, and why
don't you research a little bit before writing a review next time eh?
This Message Edited On 01.20.06

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 20th 2006



2125 Comments


Average review, but whatever. I like this band.

Damrod
Moderator
January 20th 2006



1093 Comments


I still have to check out their first album, but I absolutely love this one. FBTMOF are like the more Metal/Metalcore-oriented version of the Blood Brothers

Excellent album indeed :thumb:This Message Edited On 01.20.06

NEDM
January 20th 2006



1113 Comments


[quote=wesdick]OK, seriously, do some research before you write a review. "Hey Kid..." the title
comes from the Gi Joe spoofs, and if you read some of the titles from their 1st
album, which was REISSUED on equal vision, you'd know that they reference alot of
different sources for their titles. Also, you are way off base on the meaning of, "The
state of Texas vs. Fear Before" the song is about different members of the band
being arrested in San Marcos, TX while on tour. So, there's my 2 cents, and why
don't you research a little bit before writing a review next time eh?[/quote]
Its you noobies on this site that make me sick to my stomach. Not everyone that writes a review for a band is a wizard at that bands history. STFU fanboy.

CommieCanada
January 20th 2006



68 Comments


i dont much like Fear Before.
I saw them live and i loved them, and i bought this album at their show and i didnt like it at all. It doesnt capture their energy, which is a shame because they have a ton of it

cbmartinez
January 20th 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I heard they suck live. This one of my favorite CDs though. After a lot of thought, I definitely place it over OHPS. It doesn't have the raw emotion but it's got the darker and heavier feel. The technical riffing and start stop dynamics are so killer. I still do not understand how the guitarist plays that insane technical stuff and manages to sing along, which is why I wanna see them. The last track is amazing, it reminds me so much of Converge. The whole CD is fantastic though.

NEDM
January 22nd 2006



1113 Comments


Oh yeah, and to reply to my last commment, If "WESDUNN!!!" actually read the lyrics, he would know what I'm talking about.

choke383
January 22nd 2006



66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer this album to their first which was more emo-ish. But these guys are pretty unique in their singing voice and have an agressivness, I like it alot.
When I got into Fear Before I got tired of The Blood Brothers (which I thought were pretty crazy).

truche
January 23rd 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album, good review.

NEDM
January 24th 2006



1113 Comments


Thanks for the feedback guys.

santi3hg
April 15th 2006



440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These boys are good.

TREO5
January 18th 2011



1067 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

CB they are amazing live, a ton of energy. They need to come out with a new one soon. reeeal soon.

accompliceofmydeath
January 18th 2011



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heard that they have a bunch of stuff written, but don't have enough money to record it or something like that.



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