Our Last Night
Age Of Ignorance


3.5
great

Review

by RQL3 USER (5 Reviews)
August 14th, 2012 | 52 replies | 12,106 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's catchy and it's fun, but what can I say.... I'm all out of puns.

I was the guy that liked this band in ‘08. I wasn’t into them from the early days, though. I started around the time The Ghosts Among Us came out. I remember my friends thinking they were poor and I really felt they had potential. I thought Trevor had a lot of capability, especially starting lead vocals at age 13. His brother, Matt, also has a very fine voice although he tends to stretch his range and has to auto-tune to keep himself inbounds. Then once We Will All Evolve came out, my beliefs were solidified. The band succeeded in making a legitimately great album with tidbits of heavy and tons of catchy. I got my friends into the band with that release and I was certainly looking for big things to come. Then I heard about this new album and how they were changing things up and going for little to no screams, and I thought, “uh-oh.” While Trevor Wentworth doesn’t make this band, I couldn’t imagine him singing near full-time, and I also thought this would alter their change in overall sound. While Age Of Ignorance doesn’t show a change in sound, what it does show is a band that is trying to progress, even if only a little.

This album sounds much like We Will All Evolve Part II, but with slight modifications. Obviously per warning, it isn’t as heavy. What it does add is more synth elements and more guitar solos. These replaced the breakdowns although there are still a few of those to be found. For many, this is a sigh of relief. For others, it may be a complete turn off. On first listen for me, it was a turn off. On the second and third run through though, it really grabbed me. I heard lots of little intricacies when listening to this with headphones. It is fun more than anything. It also is an obvious progression for them. The clean vocals made them who they are and they are sticking to their guns.

The highlight of this album is the instrumentation. The drums are on par with every other release; not much has changed here. The guitars really tried to step up their game this time around though, despite the departure of Colin Perry in July. The rhythm guitar didn’t show much change, but the adept leads are strong. The solos are tastefully done and really sit well with each track in which they are found (e.g. “Fate” and “Enemy”). The lead parts strewn over the top of the rhythm guitar also sound very at home throughout the album. There are glimmers of other bands found here for sure. “Enemy” sounds a whole lot like Self-Titled Saosin. “Invincible” sounds a whole lot like Linkin Park (and what they should be doing with their new material) due to the layered synth sounds throughout the track. The album really is cohesive and flows well. The last track, “A Sun That Never Sets” is by no means an epic song, and sounds just like any other track on the album. It actually brings the album to an abrupt halt, and the journey is over. The album is so short (coming in at just 36 minutes) it is no hassle to undertake the journey again, and the repeated listens certainly add more value to this release because I wasn’t impressed at first.

The vocals are not quite as catchy as I remember from other albums, but they do not disappoint. Sometimes they appear forced, either by the melodies or the lyrics, and I think that is why they didn’t grab me initially. The increase in singing is more than welcome though, because I rather enjoy Matt’s voice. Trevor certainly surprised me with his abundance of singing on this album as well. He sounds much like his brother but it isn’t quite so crisp and clean but more rough around the edges (surprise I know). Although there are some cheesy lyrics like “If heaven is where you’ll be, send me to hell”, the lyrics as a whole aren’t awful. They don’t add depth to this release, but they don’t take away from it either.

In conclusion, I was very surprised by this album. I was expecting it to be good but nothing special. On first listen I really didn’t enjoy it too much at all, but after the second and third listens through, I really started to appreciate the progression of the band vocally and I realized how gratifying the music was. Is this on par with their last album? Yes. It shows a bit of maturity on their part to step out of the pop/punk-breakdown scene. Is it a huge progression? No, but it’s a start. Hopefully they will continue to grow as a band and they will become something special and not just another band thrown into the ever-growing pile of average.

Recommended Tracks: Fate, Liberate Me, Enemy, Invincible


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nash1311
August 14th 2012


1754 Comments


Mambo #5.

Stream is here:

http://community.hottopic.com/ht_music/news/exclusive-stream-new-our-last-night-album-age-ignorance

YouthCat
August 14th 2012


261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Basically have the same feelings as you. Ghosts will probably always be my favourite album. Also, Colin is back in the band, just so you know.

nash1311
August 14th 2012


1754 Comments


O rly? Darn wiki is wrong. Oh well. Yeah I'm really unsettled as to whether this is a 3.5 or 4. It varies. But definitely not a 4 for the average joe I just like the band

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2012


19738 Comments


Never heard this band

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

nash1311
August 14th 2012


1754 Comments


7-9 are the best songs imo but I like "Fate" as well

nash1311
August 14th 2012


1754 Comments


I'd start with We Will All Evolve or this. If you want more pop/singing choose this one. If you want more heavy do WWAE

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2012


19738 Comments


Cool I'll check them out later

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2012


19738 Comments


There's a lot of comparisons to their other albums and the singing which I can't relate to since I've never heard them ;P but pos anyways

MrSenior
August 14th 2012


212 Comments


I've been listening to this for the past few days, and I still don't know what to make of it yet. It's basically a mix of radio rock and Saosin-style post-hardcore. It should suck, but it somehow works.

nash1311
August 14th 2012


1754 Comments


Haha thank you. I honestly had trouble making the recommended section because this album doesn't sound just like anything I've heard before. It sounds like Our Last Night but it has tons of other elements hence my references throughout the review.

nash1311
August 14th 2012


1754 Comments


Haha MrSenior that's exactly how it was for me. First listen I was like geez. This is average. Then it just kept growing. The riffage I think is what makes me come back. Drums are samesies and the vocals aren't as catchy as past efforts to me like I said

nash1311
August 14th 2012


1754 Comments


Last night when I first heard it I made up my mind to write a 2.5 review for it. Then I decided to listen to it some more first and now here I am

joshieboy12345
August 15th 2012


5370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Didn't like this at all, a bit disappointed, it's soft elements were a turn off for me, only real good thing about this imo is the lyrics on title track, the rest definition of ehh. I will give it a few more listens, and maybe it will grow on me.

sspedding
August 15th 2012


4759 Comments


good review mate. I don't have high hopes for this but it sounds as if it might surprise me a little. pos

MrSenior
August 15th 2012


212 Comments


Yeah, I'm about to write my review, and, like you, I started around a 2.5, and now I'm at a strong 3. I really think this is their musical version of puberty: it's an awkward transition, but it will work out for them in the future.

nash1311
August 15th 2012


1754 Comments


@joshieboy - I completely understand that. I feel this will gain fans and lose some for them. How many times have you listened though? It's a real grower

@ sspedding - Thanks man. I'd give the tracks I rec'd a go and then maybe "Age Of Ignorance" and "Liberate Me" and if you don't like those don't bother for sure.

@MrSenior - Definitely.

sspedding
August 15th 2012


4759 Comments


I've listened through it and I'm not a huge fan. There are a few good songs though. The opening track and Enemy are particularly good.

nash1311
August 15th 2012


1754 Comments


Haha those are my favorite two-too

TheMoreira
August 16th 2012


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Holy shit this sucks so hard. Putting this out after WWAE is a travesty to say the least. This is probably out of my league i guess, since i dont like alternative rock and such, but i cant help but to dislike what they did here. I did not expect such downgrade from one of the most promising Metalcore acts alive. Disappointing.

RosaParks
August 16th 2012


14900 Comments


some catchy stuff on here, but not as much as the last album



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