The Intake of Glass
Victims of Circumstance


3.5
great

Review

by Rafael Moreira USER (11 Reviews)
June 29th, 2012 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Victims Of Circumstance is a strong, talent infused debut release.

The Intake Of Glass is a 5-piece Metalcore band hailing from Cambridge, Ontario. Victims Of Circumstance, is their first release.
First track I heard off Victims Of Circumstance was Revelations, being immediately blown away. For further examination, I went somewhere into the deepest corners of the Internet to find more about this band. The hours that proceeded made clear to me that I wasn’t before the average Metalcore act that we all got used to a while ago.

It starts off strong with The Fallacy, a great track that pretty much says everything about The Intake Of Glass. Metalcore. That is, indeed, the first thing that comes to mind when track one begins. And by the end of it, I’m positive you will percept the same. And so does the same apply to the whole EP. But I assure you this one thing: Victims Of Circumstance is by no means just another dumb down Metalcore breakdown fest.

First off, and again, The Fallacy brings us the whole (let’s say) formula that makes The Intake Of Glass worthy of acceptance: hasty, refined riffs with a good deal of melody and remarkable technical work at times, simple but wonderfully accurate drum patterns played by a much talented young drummer, well executed vocals ranging from low to medium pitch or simple screams, and one of the best displays of clean singing the Metalcore scene has to offer. All this wrapped in a high production value foil makes Victims of Circumstance a treat for any Metalcore enthusiast. The album flows with a steady pace, and not many risks are taken. Between the dozens of transitions, it’s not always easy to keep fully concentrated, but ironically and still, it is the track with more of said transitions that grasps your attention with higher proficiency. Coming as a somewhat perfect half way track on this EP, Writing On The Walls is a great team effort, and if anyone hadn’t noticed something that obvious by now, it is clear that August Burns Red are easily one major influence over The Intake Of Glass. Hell, the majority of the EP feels like straight out of something ABR could have released around 2006 or so. Other than that, the musicianship of the band doesn’t get such a hard knock in terms of freshness. Two songs that doesn’t help to assent the content of the last sentence are Imprisioned and Like Seasons, which come as the two most average stricken tracks, with insipid guitars ruling most of the time, and easy to perceive song structures. Not to speak of the rather painful extent of Like Seasons, in which the whole album seems to build up for a quick nap… Build up for a nap? Well yes, I recon you get it. Now, despite those said tracks there’s a far bigger package of memorable moments throughout Victims Of Circumstance. Sleepwalking, a track that feels natural in every way, with a good flow in breakdowns, great guitar work and an amazing chorus (pretty much like The Fallacy). Up In Arms is a good track itself, and feels right enough as a solidifier. It’s also fair to mention the breakdown by the second half of said track – Good, very good stuff. Revelations. One does not simply disapprove of this Metalcore work of art. Since the very beginning, this is by no means an ordinary track – It comes as raw as they get, with the best technical contributions from both chords and drum departments, with a progressive (and ever so melodic) feel like no other song present in the EP. And yet another gorgeous chorus, with those beautiful, beautiful monochords. Victims Of Circumstance is over, and you are left wondering how far these guys can go. I was.

Overall, Victims Of Circumstance is attractive, dynamic, solid and most of the time just a pure pleasure to lay your ears on. If any setbacks can be discriminated, it’s the almost void fact that they slow down quite a bit by the second half, something that might toss the full experience downhill for some listeners. Regardless of scrutiny, The Intake Of Glass are one of the most talented group of young people to struggle their way into the Metalcore scene for many years. To lay the cards on the table, The Intake Of Glass practice what we could call an overdone wave of Melodic Metalcore, one that seems to have been overshadowed by Post-Hardcore (hope you’re still with me on this one) in the last few years. Still, they can still make it sound fresh, upfront and find a way to reward us with some technical subtleties. The Intake Of Glass may well be the future of their dying breed.



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TheMoreira
June 29th 2012


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Second review! Again, constructive criticism please.
The Intake Of Glass seem like great guys that simple love what they do. They are currently on studio working on their first full-length.

Check this out! Recommend this above anything else if you are a Metalcore aficionado. And here's their first studio video, hilarious

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RHsewZl30kQ

MyWife
June 29th 2012


367 Comments


sup worst band name ever

Apollo
June 29th 2012


10373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys are from Cambridge? shit that's like a 20 minute drive from where I live. Nice to see some local bands coming up and even being reviewed on the site.

Very well written review too dude, have a pos

LoneWanderer
June 29th 2012


180 Comments


I'm going to pos this simply because it isn't another Periphery review

BirthRite
June 29th 2012


1318 Comments


stupid band name

Sauce
June 29th 2012


721 Comments


"And by the end of it, I’m positive you will percept the same."

I think you mean "perceive," but that word sounds a little awkward in this sentence too. I'll pos though.

TheMoreira
June 29th 2012


7182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Apollo, thanks man! I've come across these guys like 2 years ago and now that i have the chance, i decided to make this for em. Dont think anyone has ever made a review for them, that is enough reason to make me do it in the first place! they well deserve it

@Sauce, thank you. Yeah kinda reads a bit funny. I think its not gramatically incorrect though. If it actually is do tell me! Im portuguese, it gets confusing sometimes when i want to put up a few hard words together :-P again, thank you for the heads up!



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