Abandon All Ships
Infamous


1.5
very poor

Review

by TommyIcedB USER (16 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2012 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With their sophomore effort, Abandon All Ships cross the line from niche to just plain awful.

When they released their debut full length album 'Geeving', Abandon All Ships defined the phrase "you either love them or you hate them". While gaining a sizeable fanbase, Abandon All Ships were not short of hate. And who can blame them? Their mixture of Europop and trance with chuggy metalcore certainly aimed for a niche audience. Now they're back with follow-up sophomore effort 'Infamous'. And it's a release that, if anything, will lose their current fans rather than gain new ones.

In fact, after listening to the first two tracks, 'Good Old Friend' and 'Infamous', you could pretty much summarise the entire album. The cheesy Europop influences are back, mixed with similar uninspired metalcore. An extra addition to the mix is a hint of rap influence; the growled vocals come at a much faster pace and 'Infamous' even features rap group A-Game for a brief moment. The album tries to do too much at once and the final result ends up being an overproduced mess.

As an album, 'Infamous' has a clear weakness, and that's the more metal side of the equation. Expectedly, the guitars are anything but technical, refusing to escape from their comfort zone of breakdowns and simple riffs. But what really lets things down is the growling. It was clear from 'Geeving' that the unclean vocals needed to be improved and, on this follow up, they've actually gotten worse. Angelo's growls sound incredibly unnatural an forced. They are simply unpleasant to listen to, and eventually make listening to the album just plain unbearable. 'American Holocaust' is almost unlistenable.

On the flipside, the clean vocals have marginally improved. There are still some sections layered in way too much autotune, like 'Forever Lonely', but there are moments, such as in 'Good Old Friend', where the autotune is toned down a great amount. The vocals are hardly impressive, but for a band with a bad reputation for their over-reliance on autotune, moments like these make the album refreshing. The track 'August', which focusses on clean vocals rather than screams, ends up being the absolute highlight of the album.

The styles end up not mixing together very well at all. While the chorus of 'Infamous' is undeniably catchy, it gets ruined by the headache-inducing screams, and the rap bridge of the song seems out of place and shoe-horned in simply for the sake of it. There's simply too much mashing together, and rather than a beautiful unification of styles, it turns into a clustered mess.

'Geeving' provoked a mixed reaction but certainly catapulted Abandon All Ships into the spotlight. 'Infamous' is an album that ends up being itself infamous for all the wrong reason, that should see the band slowly back away from the spotlight, and hopefully stay away. It has redeeming qualities (see 'August'), but there's just not enough to save this disaster of an album.



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camaraderie
July 2nd 2012


988 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Pos'd for rating.

Scoot
July 2nd 2012


17914 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

1 is too high

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Devastator
July 2nd 2012


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Horrid album and band. Pos'd though

Funeralopolis
July 2nd 2012


11892 Comments

Album Rating: 0.5

worst band

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ILJ
July 2nd 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

There are no redeeming qualities to this group. At all.

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MMX
July 2nd 2012


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Will be my most listened to album of 2012

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LG
July 2nd 2012


3049 Comments


album is sooo good

LG
July 2nd 2012


3049 Comments


geddy wishes he could play bass this good

KILL
July 2nd 2012


72280 Comments


his trollings almost as good as ravens!!!

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KILL
July 2nd 2012


72280 Comments


roasted

LG
July 2nd 2012


3049 Comments


and yet you'll be the one to die from aids

KILL
July 2nd 2012


72280 Comments


that your cumback? lol wow dude just give up and if i wanted my cumback i woulda wiped it off yo mamas face ooohhhhhhh shit ohhhhhhh god dayum ohhhh

KILL
July 2nd 2012


72280 Comments


roasted boom zing served

KILL
July 2nd 2012


72280 Comments


lg yo mamas so fat her cereal bowl comes with a lifeguard ohhh datyyum hahahagfgaagsaaafafaf

KILL
July 2nd 2012


72280 Comments


lg momas eats from the larger bowl hahah cos shes so fat hahaha and she wouldnt get the ref cos she hasnt heard rush haha neither has her son hahahaha

Da11thMytrillSphere
July 2nd 2012


546 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Seriously, there's no explanation needed of why this band sucks dick, their fans are retarded or deaf, as simple as that.

sixdegrees
July 2nd 2012


17710 Comments


this sucks? oh, what a surprise.

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ZedO
July 3rd 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is better than their debut

Shiduba
July 3rd 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

In my opinion this is way worse than their debut. That wasn't good but at least it was catchy, this
album is just so fucking bad. I hope this sells like shit and Rise drops them.

GarlicBreath
July 3rd 2012


150 Comments


WOW, some of you have overdosed on bitch pills



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