The Paramedic
Smoke & Mirrors

very poor


by Andrew Markowich USER (6 Reviews)
October 31st, 2012 | 8 replies | 3,498 views

Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album title is way too enticing.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

To be rash, everything leading up to The Paramedic's debut album, Smoke and Mirrors, is pointing towards a musical catastrophe. Let's check out the band's history leading up to this point.

Formed in 2009, The Paramedic released two stellar extended plays that pushed what melodic post-hardcore could be, with blistering dual lead guitars, soaring lead vocals, and exciting drums. After a change in lead singer, the band's sound completely changed in favor of an electronica/metalcore sound, a la Asking Alexandria or Attack Attack!. More marketable? Indeed. Painful to hear? Very. Eventually, the founding members of the band, excluding one, left and were replaced accordingly (My theory is they jumped ship. Smart fellows). The current band has now been signed to Tooth & Nail records to coincide with their appropriately titled debut album, Smoke and Mirrors. Now, on to the album.

As soon as the album begins, it is blatantly obvious The Paramedic really wanted to create an "epic" atmosphere to introduce the album. With some "epic" strings and keyboards, Xenophobia introduces us to the band. Sadly, the predictable and bland progression of this metalcore song doesn't warrant the grandiose introduction. The lyrical "prowess" of the band is first evident in the same song, when singer Mike Luciano belts out the chant:

We came to party, we don't give a ***.

The Paramedic mean business guys.

After hearing countless mediocre and downright terrible metalcore bands in the past, The Paramedic has taken the cake for this reviewer.

As Smoke and Mirrors continues, every song is just as painful and surprising as the last. The lyrics depict the band as hard party-ers, and as generally selfish people. The synth bridges with ever present auto-tune are constant, and the breakdowns are endless. This is not a fun place to be, I will tell you right now my dear sputnikers. The world of Smoke and Mirrors is nearly a nightmare. The repetition and sheer immaturity from the first six tracks is almost painful to listen to.

When We Fight gives us a small break from it all with a......soothing R&B track?...Yes. The band felt it was necessary to throw in an R&B song on the record. In the style of Usher, When We Fight actually might be the best song on the record, in context with the trainwreck of songs placed before it, but wouldn't hold up if played by itself.

The new Paramedic sound is finally here. And boy oh boy has it hit with a flash. I would make a "smoke and mirrors" joke in context to the album to end this review, but this album is way more painful than that.

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October 30th 2012


Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

This band =(

October 30th 2012


Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

take a listen man

October 31st 2012


Album Rating: 1.0

What the fuck happened to this band? First ep was cool and then they release this crap?

October 31st 2012


Oh Jesus I'm going to need a paramedic after hearing that.

October 31st 2012


Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Its almost as if they are a parody of their own genre. truly an accomplishment.

November 5th 2012


Album Rating: 1.0

I seriously laughed when I heard the R&B song. Makes Usher look like Frank Ocean

November 8th 2012


Why do these fucking bands always come from my home state. Ugh.

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

July 25th 2013


Album Rating: 1.5

The only thing good about this band is the potential vocal talent of their singer. That's it.

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