Ever Forthright
Ever Forthright


3.0
good

Review

by SpeachImpediment USER (3 Reviews)
July 14th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ever Forthright's debut effort entitled "Periphery Plays Dillinger Escape Plan" is glorious at its best, and horrifically erratic at its worst.

Ever Forthright, self-described on their SoundCloud page as a “progressive metal/jazz” band from New York City, hit the airwaves with their self-titled effort last December. Hearing much about the band in different corners of the internet, I, along with many others, was very excited to hear how their debut album sounded, given that I'm a fan of bands in a similar vein to theirs (Meshuggah, Periphery, The Safety Fire). Would it sound like a Periphery copycat, given the Chris Baretto connection? Would it sound more like Death of a Dead Day? Would it be the next Chaosphere? After giving Ever Forthright a good listen, I'm confident in saying you've never heard anything quite like this before.

The instrumentals on Ever Forthright are oozing with skill and musicality. Each member of Ever Forthright is immensely talented, and it shows throughout the album. It's a real treat to hear when everyone in the band seems to be on the same page, when all the musicality comes together, shown in much of a track like “Screen Scenarios.” Another plus on Ever Forthright is former Periphery frontman Chris Baretto's vocals (check out “Spineless,” good lord). I very much enjoyed his work when he was with Periphery, and I think he sounds even better now with consistency and a much improved vocal range, so it's nice to see he's found a new outlet. The songs on Ever Forthright are generally enjoyable, the band have a very distinct sound, and it's quite apparent that the foundation for an extremely successful metal band is there.

Unfortunately, the downfall of Ever Forthright is its detached composition and inaccessibility. The structure of the tracks gets to be so capricious at times that it completely kills the momentum of the track, and in many ways, of the entire album. It seems as though just as you're getting into one of the songs on this record, a random free-form jazz interlude or an unnecessary outburst of atonal shredding will cut in and will more than likely provoke some feeling of confusion. A good example of this lies in the track “Latency and Tendencies.” The first two-and-a-quarter minutes of this track are absolutely solid – the band is firing on all cylinders, Baretto's vocals are on point, and you're really starting to immerse yourself in what sounds like a band that really wants to solidify itself as one of the big dogs in the (forgive my use of this term) djent scene, taking cues from bands like Meshuggah and Sikth. However, just as this song is getting good, this unfocused detachment rears its ugly head, and does so again and again throughout the album. It gets terribly frustrating after a while, and a lot of listeners, myself included, will probably lose interest fairly quickly.

Allow me to provide an unnecessarily elaborate analogy to explain. Imagine you're a kid again. You're hanging out in your bedroom, and you're playing with your favorite toy – your Legos. You've got all kinds of sets of Legos you've accumulated over the course of your childhood. You've got the Death Star, the Eiffel Tower, the Capitol Building, and a medieval-style castle. You spend a few hours one day putting all of these sets together, and boy, are you proud of them when you finish. Then, afterward, you arrange all of these structures in some sort of Lego fantasy city, with all sorts of Lego men roaming the streets. Han Solo and Darth Vader are there, and so is Abraham Lincoln. You've got Chewbacca hanging off the side of the Eiffel Tower, King Kong style. Darth Maul and George Washington are about to duel in the castle courtyard. Point being: while each of these sets of Legos on their own are quite the work of art, when they're all forced together into some sort of random hodgepodge, it doesn't make much sense.

Bottom line: I really, really want to like this album more than I actually do. I very much enjoyed large sections of Ever Forthright, but I find it hard for me to truly enjoy the entire product. This is one of those situations where the whole is not, in fact, greater than the sum of its parts. I've tried listening to this album in multiple settings – driving around town, in the gym, in bed before I go to sleep – and I just can't get into it. It feels incredibly unfocused for much of the record, and downright overwhelming at times. I'll definitely be on the lookout for their next album, where hopefully they can put together a more coherent effort.

Recommended tracks:
“Screen Scenarios”
“Spineless”
“The Counter Shift”
“Infinitely Inward”


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SpeachImpediment
July 14th 2012


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haven't written a review in a while, hope this one isn't too awful.

guizpom
July 14th 2012


45 Comments


nice review. pos'd. I only listened to Spineless and liked it. Guess I'll have to give this a complete listen.

SpeachImpediment
July 14th 2012


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, make no mistake, there are some decent tracks on this album. It's just real tough to listen all the way through. At least, that's how I felt about it.

botb
July 14th 2012


9778 Comments


nope

RevenantBlue
July 14th 2012


136 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I completely agree with the review, and the recommended tracks. It's an incredible chore to listen to all the way through, but they really do have something going on under all those moving parts.

J0ckstrapsFTW
July 14th 2012


3659 Comments


This is a pretty cool album but there are a few parts that kill it for me

Shiduba
July 14th 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I realize the album's flaws but the band is just crazy talented, I could give it 4.5 just for the insane drum tracks. Amazing musicianship kind of makes me unable to criticize the music, and while that is retarded I enjoy listening to this kind of instrument porn so immensely I just can't help it.

I really liked your review and your opinions were well backed up. Great job!

TomArnoldsArmpit
July 14th 2012


3035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

instrument porn

MMX
July 14th 2012


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love the summary

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

bloc
July 14th 2012


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice to see a less-than-positive review of this

ChuckyTruant
July 14th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wtf bloc

ChuckyTruant
July 14th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good review though

SpeachImpediment
July 16th 2012


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback.

cisumkintups
July 16th 2012


143 Comments


Good review, these guys are definitely sporadic, they just need all instruments doing something at one time, that it just is too much to comprehend at once.



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