Madina Lake
From Them, Through Us, To You


3.5
great

Review

by Ian USER (108 Reviews)
April 30th, 2012 | 27 replies | 3,292 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Peace is neither good, nor bad, but is what exists when there is no struggle, no ego and is neccessary in order to comprehend.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

"From Them, Through Us, To You" is the opening story in a trilogy by Madina Lake, completed with "Attics to Eden" and "World War III", respectively. Successfully pulling off the mystique of a concept album, Nathan Leone's vocals are a smooth, but raw, helping portray both struggle and a young naivety. All the while his singing (sometimes screaming) blends in with Madina Lake's ambient, but quite full guitars and rhythm well. Considering "From Them" is the band mates' first LP I'd say it's even worth calling impressive. Madina Lake's consistent use of first person lyrics are as honest as a vocalist can be without becoming a corny joke. Songs are varied displaying sensible pop melodies, as well as quality screaming along with the PHXC* aspect of the band.

"If I lost it all in a fireball, would you be there for me, if the money's gone and the future falls, will you walk away? Cuz my confidence is vanishing, will you leave me starving here, to wither down and disappear as you walk away" - Intro to 'True Love'

To help set the attitude of a musical story, taking a good cue from movies, since, you know, a typical movie is supposed to be one central story, the album is produced to sound expensive as diamond. In addition, certain tracks (chapters in the story) are 'individualized' with samples at times. This tactic works best when Madina Lake is at their heaviest, such as closer 'True Love', not by working together, but the samples come in after the album's most spastic guitar and vocal performance, effectively giving a solid ending to an equally solid album. Such well produced hard rock that is excessively peppered with pop and post-hardcore aspects is easy to label as worthless 2000s ""scene"" music, but this is not true and in the end From Them, Through Us, To You starts a story with an ending that should hold more value to music and the world than anything Sum 41, or Green Day has done. Completely shut out your ego, don't struggle, and you'll find a diamond different than others despite the similar appearance.

*lol



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Storm In A Teacup
April 29th 2012



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Part 1 of 3.

I find it weird that this Nathan dude's accent sounds like Daryl Palumbo's on his Head Automatica stuff, but goes away for the next two albums.

Spec
April 29th 2012



26846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lyrics are dreadful on this.

Storm In A Teacup
April 29th 2012



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think it works for what they are.

Spec
April 30th 2012



26846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The sound is good though.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2012



6965 Comments


great album

Digging: Perfume Genius - Learning

Storm In A Teacup
April 30th 2012



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hmmm?

sspedding
April 30th 2012



4715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i thought this was ok for the style of music it aims to be.

KILL
April 30th 2012



67191 Comments


worst band ever

Storm In A Teacup
April 30th 2012



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's impossible.

KILL
April 30th 2012



67191 Comments


*best

Storm In A Teacup
May 1st 2012



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

LOL, also impossible.

Spec
March 21st 2013



26846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This had a pretty good sound but the lyrics...

Pndi
March 22nd 2013



451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it was a solid debut

Spec
March 22nd 2013



26846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I literally just found my cd for this and you posted on the page. Crazy right?

Storm In A Teacup
April 12th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So cray

Yeah I was lying when I defended the lyrics



Vespiion
May 16th 2013



1216 Comments


"Here I Stand" was one of my favorite songs a few years back. Haven't really listened to anything else off of this.

Storm In A Teacup
June 27th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well then I'd say in your case it's worth checking out.

BigPleb
September 16th 2013



28829 Comments


House of Cards used to be my jam.

Digging: Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed

Storm In A Teacup
October 27th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mine too that is how I found them.

BigPleb
October 30th 2013



28829 Comments


Still love that song, damn nostalgia haha.



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