I Am War
Outlive You All


1.5
very poor

Review

by Cultclassical USER (48 Reviews)
September 1st, 2012 | 39 replies | 4,019 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Surrounded by a tornado of undeserved vanity, "Outlive You All" is the bro-core album of the year so far...

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

What does one get when you combine two “hardcore” vocalists with limited instrumental experience, a computer, and an unrequited need to show the scene some br00tal music? You get “Outlive You All”, undoubtedly one of the year’s most misguided, self-fulfilling releases. Composed of Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas and Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through, “I Am War” can best be described as a faux-thrash/ metalcore hybrid that borrows heavily the sounds of visionary pioneers like Attack Attack and Of Mice and Men with the use of superfluous chugging and little else. The idea of the project was to channel the spirit of old-school thrash and instead what was shown was juvenile in every sense.

The bass and guitar duties were handled by Schieppati, a vocalist, and it shows. The skill he exhibits ranges from slow chugging all the way up to fast chugging with very little variation in song structure or arrangement of his instruments. An example of this being that the 4th, 5th, and 6th songs start almost exactly the same and with the longest of the three clocking in at just above 2 minutes, it’s no surprise they don’t deviate much in their sound at all. It’s painfully evident that Schieppati simply isn’t a guitar player and having him play a bunch of chugs and simple chords seems like a curious decision considering all of the excellent guitar players out there. To keep with the spirit of old-school thrash, electronic drums are used for this release (that or the production went terribly wrong), and they are used horribly. Much like the guitar playing, it’s hard not to notice the same beats being played over and over again in a tired, empty fashion. Relegating drums to background noise in a metal release is a pretty difficult feat, but “Outlive You All” manages to do it and do it well.

Put aside all the horrible instrumentation, the mediocre vocals (actually the best part of the album), the fact that 2 grown ass men named a song “Uninvite Me To Your Facebook Party”, and you still have the gall. Both Schieppati and Varkatzas are singers of bands who jumped in on the emo-y metalcore scene at the right place at the right time and found some success yet for some reason they feel that they can and should, with just the two of them, produce a thrash record because they needed to express their hardcore roots. Having that level of self-image is fine if you have the chops to back it up but with “Outlive You All”, both of these men have shown neither the ability, nor the spirit to do the things they think they can do.



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Calc
September 1st 2012



11945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I may have been too mean but I hate everything about this album...

Stream here if you want..

http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/08/23/i-am-war-outlive-you-all-album/

Digging: Kashiwa Daisuke - April. #02

MoosechriS
September 1st 2012



4769 Comments


It’s painfully evident that Schieppati simply isn’t a guitar player

not sure if your aware, but the dude did play guitar in eighteen visions for a good few years before starting bleeding through. Not defending the album though, the song titles alone make me cringe

Calc
September 1st 2012



11945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Maybe I should clarify I meant a decent guitar player...my blind hate was making me use hyperbole too much

MoosechriS
September 1st 2012



4769 Comments


ahhh yeah i know what you mean, gonna give the stream a listen now. those song titles though what were they thinking?

Calc
September 1st 2012



11945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dude they're bros and bros gotta keep it real...

asaf
September 1st 2012



885 Comments


Lol @ visionary pioneers like Attack Attack and Of Mice and Men... Wtf

Digging: Heart To Heart - Dulce

Storm In A Teacup
September 1st 2012



12687 Comments


You seem like a douche bag.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2012



19411 Comments


LOL at the track names

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

Emim
September 1st 2012



26476 Comments


Their names sound like prison guards from WWII

Calc
September 1st 2012



11945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It seems I've angered an Atreyu fanboy lol

Teacup how do I sound like a douchebag lol not that you're the fanboy this is a separate question

bloc
September 1st 2012



34667 Comments


Their names sound like prison guards from WWII

lol

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

nononsense
September 1st 2012



3322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its good for what it is. They werent really serious about this.

Digging: Jason Lancaster - As You Are

Spec
September 1st 2012



27051 Comments


"Uninvite me to your Facebook party"

Wow. This got mad 808's or what?

TooLateToGoBack
September 1st 2012



1749 Comments


thos are some of the worst track names I've seen in awhile

Calc
September 1st 2012



11945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@nononsense

its obvious they didn't try very hard but reading their bio and stuff leads me to believe that they realized they bit off more than they could chew as opposed to trying to be flippant

nononsense
September 1st 2012



3322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They should have formed a backing band instead of recording the music themselves.

nononsense
September 1st 2012



3322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its also really just Alex screaming with Brandon doing backup hardcore yells.

Calc
September 1st 2012



11945 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yes..yes it is...

wacknizzle
September 1st 2012



12590 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

God this is bad. I could tell just by the band's name and album art this would be terrible.

Digging: Burrow - The Collapse of Time

Storm In A Teacup
September 1st 2012



12687 Comments


@Calc: You called something I've never even heard of the Bro-Core album of the year.

That's not possible.

And I was hoping you weren't calling me the Atreyu fanboy gosh doggies that'd be terrible

And AND WTF Andcas ^^^



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