With Daggers
Widower


3.5
great

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Daggers shows immense potential in an energetic debut.

Melodic hardcore will always have a special place in my heart. It is where emotion truly shines. Don’t get me wrong, all out hardcore has its own flair and appeal, but there is just something about that moment when it is just a heart-wrenching scream accompanied by a single guitar line. It targets a part of the psyche that no other form of music can. Rochester, New York’s With Daggers understands this, very well, and seem to have a grasp on how to effectively use it in a way that belies their youth and recent formation (having been together less than a year at the time of this release.) With Daggers puts forth a confidence that shows a band with the potential to become a force in the melodic hardcore/metalcore genre.

Widower is exactly what you should think of when you hear the term melodic hardcore as it is currently used, AKA following the path treaded by bands such as Misery Signals and Counterparts. What you shouldn’t think, however, is that this band is simply a re-hash of those bands. The dual vocals of Damon and Steven play off each other well and the guitarists and percussion prove themselves more than capable of keeping a lively and exciting vibe to the entire EP. There are wonderful little moments littered throughout the album that will surprise and impress (the halfway point of “Ad Infernos” is possibly the highlight of the album.) Unfortunately, as a result of not being together as a band for a long period, problems do arise. Although the band plays with great energy and there is certainly passion throughout, With Daggers inevitably runs into the issue of not truly standing out in a scene that is choked with bands playing similar styles. They do have tracks that will stick with you (namely “Sweetheart” and “Ad Infernos,”) but at the same time you will find yourself being reminded of other groups from time to time, which takes away from the EP’s strengths.

All things considered, Widower is one hell of a debut for such a young band. The is certainly room for growth, and the songwriting lapses at times into what you’ve come to expect from others, but the passion and heart on your sleeve moments more than make up for it. With Daggers is a band with a very high ceiling, and Widower is the first step in what is hopefully a long career. It will be very exciting when a full length debut comes around to see what they can do with more time together (and on the road) can do.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2012


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It has been a year since my last review, wow.


These guys are a lot of fun. EP is pay what you want on their bandcamp:
www.withdaggers.bandcamp.com

KSK1
June 22nd 2012


4083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was supposed to see these guys a month ago but the promoter for the venue blows and the show was cancelled. I love this EP though, nice review.

Ignimbrite
June 22nd 2012


5345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love me some good melodic hardcore. Great review, btw

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2012


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the positive words, it was so hard writing again. I was sure I'd forgotten how

Ignimbrite
June 22nd 2012


5345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I get that feeling all the fucking time; don't even worry about it.

cvlts
June 22nd 2012


8956 Comments


grown so used to 'melodic hardcore' for being bands like Lifetime and Strike Anywhere that using it to describe music like this is just lol

but good review tho!

WeepingBanana
June 22nd 2012


10147 Comments


sup josh

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sup Christian

Satellite
June 23rd 2012


20816 Comments


curesworship sighting

JeetJeet
June 23rd 2012


727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweetheart is fucking awesome.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just checking in on you crazy kids Tyler

Satellite
June 23rd 2012


20816 Comments


don't worry i'm a raging dickhead to everyone

Satellite
June 23rd 2012


20816 Comments


oh shit i didn't even realize this was a josh fountain review!

sounds interesting.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012


7996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its fun. They aren't creating new genres or anything, but its fun

ConsumerOfNut
January 11th 2013


155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really really like this. It's nice to heal metalcore type stuff that smashes my face in without shitty breakdowns.

JeetJeet
December 22nd 2013


727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wonder whatever happened to these guys. I've been jamming their album lately and it still destroys.



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