Review Summary: Nothing more than childish, immature drivel.
I've always held ITM in a high regard. Beautiful Tragedys is one of my favourite albums and The Dream had some crazy catchy and enjoyable songs, A Starcrossed Wasteland disappointed, but was still enjoyable. When I heard ITM were in the process of making a new album I was more than excited. My history with the band coupled with the fact at the time I was seeking some new, fun metalcore had me over the moon. As with most things, I only looked at the release date and went dark on all info. I'm starting to think that maybe that was a mistake in this instance, as what I got was nothing short of pitiful.
The album starts out innocently enough with 'Rise with me' being an atmospheric track with Maria singing over the top. But when the next song 'Blood' reared its disfigured and hideous head, I was in more than shock. Guitars limited to a 'jun jun jun' sound, Maria babbling horrible and downright embarrassing lyrics (granted she was never a great lyricist, but this is just drivel) and one of the laziest 'solos' I've ever heard. I was not impressed to say the least.
Next track 'Adrenalize' didn't help things either. Following in the same suite as 'Blood' guitars are limited to dunduns, horrible lyrics and just a really boring and lifeless song. It didn't help that they'd decided they'd throw in some electronic influences, which are just as bad and lazy and the rest of the rubbish going on. Next track 'Whore' had me laughing out loud after the first minute, and for the first time in listening to ITM, I was embarrassed to be a fan.
The album follows very closely to what is described. Maria babbles very sex oriented lyrics (with none of her soaring or catchy vocals from previous albums) guitars throw very few riffs our way, drumming is just kind of there and a badly incorporated electronic influence. The only song I enjoyed was 'From the Ashes' as it felt like ITM of old.
I cannot recommend this to anyone, and fans of their previous albums should stay well away from this. This is nothing more than childish, immature drivel.
From the Ashes