Woe, Is Me
Genesi[s]


1.5
very poor

Review

by P.J. Quinones USER (34 Reviews)
November 20th, 2012 | 61 replies | 9,806 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gods of music, take Woe, Is Me. Please give us back Underoath.

10 of 13 thought this review was well written

Woe, Is Me is a classic case of internal problems that rip a band apart. Most bands, however, recover from this and some come forth with a nice rebuttal in new music erasing all uncertainties. Genesi[s] is NOT one of those situations, and has rather become the new definition of a band with potential that is ruined by one prick; Austin Thornton. Other bands should stay away from him lest he starts to domineer and eradicate their potential as well. I'm genuinely sorry for Kevin Hanson. He has to feel like the old man that watches the city grow around him as he decays and becomes less and less relevant. With the massive sound change from first release to second, he's stayed but had obviously no musical input.

I'll admit, I enjoyed the single release of Vengeance, but any chemistry between the members of Woe, Is Me has all but evaporated with the departure of Bohn and the Ferris brothers. I simply don't have the time to write a book, so I have to choose only a few of the many flaws of this album to pick on. But first off, the only legitimate upside to this album is Hance Alligood. He brings the only glimmer of hope in the midst of all the tediously br00tal breakdowns and ugly screams that are unfortunately favored over his enjoyable singing. Alligood has very few singing parts outside of choruses, and would make this band much better if he was the only vocalist. In his absence the band resorts to Doriano Magliano's screams, which while aren't horrible are not what you want to hear for 80% of a bland 11-track album because he simply isn't good enough. The band has almost no art to the constant chugga-lugging, chord-y chorus, and yet more chugging and everything Number[s] managed to make passable they atrociously fail at. The lyrics are simply pathetic, as Magliano tries to sound as hard as possible when screaming things like:

"It's hard to talk *** with a dick in your throat."

"I hope you learn by the words in the song, that it's been us here for you all along."

The first song I would actually recommend to those curious (though I couldn't fathom why), would be the only one lacking the menial chugs and boring screams. Family First is the only track on the album, besides the acoustic track afterwards, to even attempt at giving the listener any hope to what this band would sound like if they booted the miserable attempts at being "heavy." And without surprise, it bores as well. Even with Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire is incapable of making any song on this album enjoyable, and Caleb Shomo's presence in With Our Friend[s] Behind Us is simply useless.

Here's some advice, Woe, Is Me: Boot Magliano, and let Hance take the reins of the band. Boot Austin Thornton, because if you don't boot him he'll probably have the rest of you out of a job soon. See if you can come up with anything in retribution to our poor ears after hearing this. I don't care how long it takes, because I'll have silence over Genesi[s].



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user ratings (271)
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1.7
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other reviews of this album
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  • GearsofWhore3 (3)
    A bland album that got more hate then it should...

    LOOKALIVE49 (2)
    After losing 5 band members, picking up where you left off isn't easy....

    NothingForSomething (1)
    The Genesi[s] era Woe, Is Me is a fall from grace in the most humiliating, juvenile and do...

    Mistermetee (2)
    Woe, Is Me basically did everything wrong on "Genesi[s]". It's a huge step backwards from ...

  • musicMax90 (3.5)
    Won't change the post-hardcore world or anything, but this album can be catchy and fun to ...

    whatshisname (1)
    Contender for worst album of the year, and probably one of the absolute worst I've ever he...

    Devon Benn (1.5)
    "It must be hard to talk shit with a dick in your throat. POW POW POW!"...


Comments:Add a Comment 
pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'll fix it. Thanks!

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DotEight
November 20th 2012



5434 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

God damnit.

whatshisname
November 20th 2012



178 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Good review dawg, pos'd.
This sucks so hard it's unreal.

pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks man.

pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm sorry that you did that..

pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

So agreed. The sooner the better.

pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I can agree with that too, probably the most creative breakdown lol.

merpmerp
November 20th 2012



789 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Great review, pos'd.
Album is shit.


pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks!

IfYouRun
November 20th 2012



291 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I will never forgive Austin for causing the end of his old band, Of Machines.

pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I haven't heard them, though I've heard of them. Any good?

merpmerp
November 20th 2012



789 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Of Machines is great. Definitely check them out.

pjquinones747
November 20th 2012



732 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Will do!

Winrar
November 20th 2012



1722 Comments


Summary is cringeworthy.

BlackLlama
November 21st 2012



1363 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Being someone that liked a few songs off of this bands first release, this album is awful.

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NightmareCinema16
November 21st 2012



2016 Comments


Another bad album?

FrozenVain
November 21st 2012



2265 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hail! This is just soooo good I can't stop listening an d then i go the teh party uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I give this 3 sticks out of-

HighandDriving
November 21st 2012



3232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Undaoath are just as "bad" as Woe, Is Me. Same unoriginal stuff so just enjoy it.

Azn.
November 21st 2012



5333 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

lol this is horrid.

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Azn.
November 21st 2012



5333 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

I am literally too intelligent to enjoy this album



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