Issues
Black Diamonds


3.0
good

Review

by Devon Benn USER (9 Reviews)
November 13th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Besides the sloppiness, decent debut.

A lot of people were skeptical of this band, and that includes me. When I heard about Michael Bohn, Tyler Carter, Cory Ferris, and Ben Ferris ALL forming a new band together (all of which or former members of Woe, Is Me), I immediatly thought the same thing everyone did. Woe, Is Me 2. Or for some people who think that the new WIM line-up is better, Woe, Is Me 0.5. However that is not the case. What Issues did with this EP is something far from the portfolio of Woe. While WIM is metalcore/post-hardcore with synth (who isn't these days?), Issues performed a style of metalcore that contained melodic hardcore and nu-metal (yes..nu-metal) influences. The only thing keeping this from getting higher than a 3 is that the style is performed sloppy, with the influences not transitioning in but rather just happening all of a sudden within the song. Hopefully they can change this with their debut full-length.

The EP opens up with "Black Diamonds." Which is the second worst song on the album. First off, why there would be an intro on an EP of all things is beyond me. Intros on a release that's usually less than 25 minutes is annoying in itself. To make matters worse, the "song," if it can be called that, is nothing more than generic dubstep. Nothing to try and set it apart from other hardcore intros or dubstep tracks. Just. Dubstep.

The next track is "King of Amarillo," which was also the first single released from the EP. The intro blasts in with some string bends and is a perfect example of what takes place for the rest of the EP. The track shows the melodic hardcore influences towards the whole beginning of the song. The song also shows the first example of the band's nu-metal influences, with it's breakdown containing a turntable section. Unfourtunatly, it also shows the first example of the band's sloppiness. Where the turntable breakdown transitioned in, the R&B section from Tyler doesn't. It just happens.

The next track is "The Worst Of Them," which is quite possibly the best song on the album. Michael's vocals aren't really relavent until the end of the song. The song is basically all Tyler. However, Tyler's vocals are not all boy band-ish like most of the EP (or all his work for that matter), but instead show a sound that you could find in alternative rock. That basically sums up this track actually. Alternative rock. Personally, my favorite throught the whole EP.

"Princeton Ave" is the next song and is also the second single from the EP. This song is my second favorite on the album. While the music bores me (once again, an all-of-the-sudden R&B section comes in, worse than the first one), the lyrics are written very nicely. The chorus seems to be about an abusive man, being a subject that most hardcore bands don't write about (The Plot In You being the only one I can remember). The music, like I said, is boring in this song though.

Here is where I finally get to rage. "Love Sex Riot." Why this atrocity of a song was included I will never know. The funny thing is is that this intro is my favorite intro out of all the songs. As soon as I heard it, this was my favorite song on the album. But then intro ended, the song actually began, and this became my least favorite on the whole EP. Just warning you, for the people that don't like Tyler's voice to begin with, you probably won't like it drenched in auto-tune like it is in this song. Not to mention, as much as I like Attila, Fronz's guest vocals in this song are awful and just simply shouldn't have happened. Skip this track after the first 20 seconds. Just trust me.

The EP closes with "Her Monologue." Not much that I can say about this song. It didn't really stand out to me. Not saying it is a bad track, just saying it isn't special. The musicianship througout the song is the same musicianship throughout the EP. Bended groove riffs, nu-metal inspired synth, and Tyler's R&B style singing. And alright closer to the EP.

Even reading my own review, I feel like I should give this a 2.5. Maybe even a 2 just because of "Love Sex Riot" (if you can tell, not a big fan of the song). However, I give it a 3. Why? Because the concept behind their music style is intriguing. And I disagree with the people calling this generic. In my opinion, Issues has a unique sound. If they could just fine-tune this style and not be so sloppy with it, I could see Issues being the stand out band on Rise. But I guess time will tell if they can do that.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
XyphynX9
November 13th 2012


137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

1: Yes, I already see grammar errors. Fuck.
2: Constructive criticism welcome. No need to be a dick about my music tastes.
3: I know that there are already reviews, but I just listened to this today and I wanted to review it while it is still fresh in my head.

HighandDriving
November 13th 2012


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New Woe, Is Me is cray.

HighandDriving
November 13th 2012


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love Sex Riot is amazing.

neg

Tesla
November 13th 2012


233 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Unfortunately is spelled wrong in the third paragraph, just thought I should let you know before anyone else does. Also or should be changed to were during the opening paragraph, and you meant to say "throughout" instead of throught near the end of the fourth paragraph. Never start a sentence with and either, it's contained within your conclusive paragraph. I hope this helps you out, but you might want to use a spell checker next time. I was disappointed with this, but then again, I wasn't expecting much. Woe, Is Me is dead, and Issues has...well issues.

CutMan
November 13th 2012


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is considered "hardcore"? What is this world coming to.

RosaParks
November 13th 2012


14908 Comments


stupid

CaptainDooRight
November 13th 2012


29131 Comments


a part of me jus died

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

Calc
November 13th 2012


12191 Comments


couple things:

-this band sucks

-as long as DGD and Tides of Man are around (the only 2 decent rise bands) this band will never be the stand out for Rise.

track by track reviews are a bad idea, don't do them. Your tone is entirely too conversational so it's hard to take any positive point you have to say seriously which is kinda the point since i'd hope you wanna convince people to listen to the band since you gave it a positive rating.

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

FrozenVain
November 13th 2012


2432 Comments


This review is an issue.

FrozenVain
November 13th 2012


2432 Comments


...and so is the band

FrozenVain
November 13th 2012


2432 Comments


I'm always constructive so I don't want any hate, only constructive criticism.

CutMan
November 13th 2012


1788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I second Tides of Man being one of the ACTUAL standouts on Rise. I am unfamiliar with DGD, so I can't comment there. Also, I haven't heard much by them, but The Early November are on Rise, and the two songs I've heard are much, much better than anything on this album, so...

paradox1216
November 13th 2012


483 Comments


Unfortunately, Tides of Man are unsigned now. One less good Rise band.

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paradox1216
November 13th 2012


483 Comments


Also, DGD is pretty much a more fun version of Tides of Man. There's a little more to it but that's basically it.

Also Issues blows.

Tesla
November 13th 2012


233 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, Tides of Man also lost Tilian Pearson, but he fronts DGD now so that's cool. Emarosa needs a new kickass vocalist now since Jonny managed to get kicked out of not one, but two bands.

ILJ
November 16th 2012


6670 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"-as long as DGD and Tides of Man are around (the only 2 decent rise bands)"

This is incorrect. There is also

Hot Water Music
The Early November
The Color Morale (still kind of generic but in a fun way)
Make Do and Mend
Sharks
Misser
Memphis May Fire (kind of)

They have some great artists, they just have more really really shitty ones.



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