Review Summary: A good debut full length.2 of 4 thought this review was well written
Housefire! is a two man christian deathcore/metalcore/electronicore band from hick-town, Kansas. This is their debut album. I found out about them from a friend who also lives in backwater, Kansas. You can download this album for free from mediafire (they have a link on their facebook page). Overall they are a very generic deathcore band. If you can get over the fact that they have a lot of breakdowns and chug-chug riffs, you'll probably like them. I saw them live about 2 months ago and was very impressed. They put on an amazing show. Definitely worth seeing live. Both members are only 16 years old. They used garageband to record the entire album, which surprised me, because the album has fairly good recording quality.
The drums are programmed. Overall they don't use many fills. But their grooves/blasts are placed well. The vocalist plays the drums for live shows.
Are extremely generic. Lots of chug-chugs and breakdowns. Although you can hear some sweeps/riffs in a few songs such as "Good Song Title".
Personally, I really enjoy the vocals. They remind me of Scott Lewis from Carnifex. Overall, they are very powerful.
The first track is called "t'nseoD enyaW tuB ,stropS tA kcuS I" and it's just a boring/generic intro.
The second track is Can You Count To One? This is a very good song. Lots of breakdowns, chugs, and br00tality. 3:30 to the end is absolutely insane.
"It'll Only be 30 Minutes...35 If We Step On It" is an instrumental track that is about 2 minutes long. It has a sample from Spongebob Squarepants that honestly made me laugh a little bit.
Track 4 is "When Life Gives You Lemons..Commit Suicide" This song is good, but forgettable. Although, at 2:33 one of my favorite breakdowns of all time happens.(:
"Hypoicosadecahedronometerismenomiconizati on Disorder (The Shape Song)" is one of my least favorite tracks on the album. This is the only song on the entire album that I skip whenever it comes on.
"Four Eyes! Four Eyes! You Need Glasses to See!" is a song that I think pokes fun at songs like "You Suffer" by Napalm Death and "The Recapitation Of The Cattle" by Cattle Decapitation. It is one note, that's it.
"How Now Brown Cow" is one of my favorites on the album. It has no guitar. Just programmed noises, drums, and vocals. I really enjoy this song even though it is very generic.
The next song is an interlude titled "Uncle Spinny Durbish". It's just some piano and quiet drums. Very calming and quiet.
After the calm and quiet of "Uncle Spinny Durbish" lulls you to sleep, the chaos and brutality of "I Swear to G, Bro!!" punches you in the face. The drums are very complex and enjoyable to listen to. A stand out track for the programmed drums.
The next track is a cover of "Bludgeoned To Death" by Suicide Silence. I was unimpressed by this track. Not bad, but not good.
The next track, "Good Song Title", is a song where the guitarist really shows some skill. He doesn't all out shred, but he definitely knows how to do some fairly difficult stuff.
"Being Lonely --> *Dislike Button*" is my favorite on the album. Except for the absolutely terrible guest vocals. At 2:38 you can really hear the emotion in the lead vocalists voice.
Now we get into the bonus tracks...."One Way Ticket To Hell" is a cover of a song by PsyOpus. You can hear the guitarist actually do some fairly good solo stuff at 1:00.
"Eatin' Chips Wit Me Fraand" Is a dubstep track. I'm not a big fan of dubstep so I don't really like it.
"Bree Bree" is retarded. That is the best way to put it. It goes from about 180 bpm to about 1/4 bpm. It's all breakdown. But the samples made me laugh.
The only serious bonus track is called "He Can't Read, and I Refuse To". I really like this song. It's one of the heaviest songs on the album. At 2:06 an amazing breakdown begins. Listen to that breakdown if you like breakdowns(;
I give this album a 2 (out of 5) on originality, a 2.5 on musicianship, and a 4 on how much I like it. Housefire! is definitely worth checking out if you like underground deathcore bands. Although forgettable, this album is good for a debut. I can't wait to see what they do in the future.