9 of 12 thought this review was well written
A year after their EP and touring, the band decided to record their debut record. Produced by Devin Townsend. Still taking on the sound of mixing heavy and melody effortlessly, they improved the song structure and the overall sound of the band. The song writing is better and more focused and the production is a ton better.
Something i would love to address is what this record means to me. I want to be honest with my biased like opinion. In the summer of 2011, I heard The Year Summer Ended in June after hearing a lot of good stuff about this band. The lyrics hit me hard and the song was amazing to me. I loved it from the start. I slowly got into the other songs on the record and the others records too. This band for 2 years kept me on my feet during a unhappy period of my life. So this bands music means a lot to me. Its more than just something i turned on to just listen to it.
Now that the band is more focused, the song structure improved. It starts off with A Victim, A Target just a little over a minute intro song, that has big melodic chords that harmonize with octaves that go into a chugging riff under the leads. Then Jesse comes in along with background screams by Devin Townsend. It ends with a open chord leading into the next song In Response to Stars. Showing off what they have done before and showing off the better progressive song structure. Flowing perfectly between each riff. The great fills from the drummer and great bass guitar work. The re-recorded version of The Year Summer Ended in June improves on the EP version. Better production that the song needed and deserves, and more passion from Jesse and a few small changes in general.
The production is pretty good, being as Devin produced it. Though it has plenty of flaws. It doesn't have the best mix nor does it have the best tone. It kinda still has a bit of rawness will some will love and some will not as much. The vocals are also double tracked, following the style that 7 Angels 7 Plagues had. Overall the bass guitar could have been placed better in the mix, though their are plenty of times that the bass does some great work, usually under melodic or soft sections.
Worlds & Dreams shows off more progressive influence and clean guitar that flow with one another and have soaring melodic harmonizing chords and leads. Playing together perfectly, the guitars play off each other to create emotion and keep in interesting. With a build up in the intro, with dreamy somber synths, till the guitars start to slowly building up into the more faster playing.
Difference of Vengeance and Wrongs does something else different, having guest vocalist Byron Jay Ellis, and it has the only cleans on the record. The cleans make up most of the song, except for the parts after the chorus and the ending. The song is very cold, sad. Clean guitar that builds up to big melodic chords that go into leads playing over each other. His lyrics are very personal and are very powerful, one of the best parts about this record.
While Jesse improved greatly on the release, he stills very raw and the double tracking may turn off a lot of people. Jesse knows how to show passion and emotion, but hes not very accessible as Karl may be. But overall the vocals and the guest vocals work greatly with the rest of the sound. The drumming from Branden Morgan is still great. his fills are energetic and do what they need.
This record is innovate for metalcore. Using melody and and heavy riffs together and a lot of bands to this day still take from this sound. But this band will always have the best riffs and better songwriting and no melodic death metal riffs, they focus on chords and lead guitar work. If you're a fan of metalcore and hardcore and have yet to check this out, do so. Of course no record is perfect, this 5 doesn't mean im saying nothing is wrong with it.