Thirty Seconds to Mars
This Is War


2.5
average

Review

by DrGonzo1937 USER (13 Reviews)
February 16th, 2013 | 26 replies | 1,208 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is.... not worth your time.

7 of 8 thought this review was well written

3STM self-titled debut was a grunge/rock style record that used bands like Nirvana and A Perfect Circle as their pallet of sound. The end result seemed like a promising start for these guy’s.
In 2005 the band released their second album, A Beautiful Lie, which took a slightly different turn but still had the foundations of the band mixed with a tasteful amount of pop elements and more straightforward rock (the music videos were infuriatingly arty and prentious) and overall the changes went in the bands favour catering for old fans while drawing in new fans.

Now, if you look up interviews of these guy’s you’ll actually find out why they went from grunge to epic-chanting bullsh!t in three records; you could give them credit for being so bold or further your anger with the band on their honesty, but the answer they gave was simple: they did it get a larger fanbase faster as they weren't getting noticed as quick as they'd liked.
With the change in sound with their second record they noticed how much more exposure they recieved, taking that sucessful sound and magnifying it by 10, they knew they'd get the results they wanted.

The final product and latest album, This Is War, is one I don’t hate, but I certainly wouldn’t call it a step forward.
During the making of This Is War the band went through a lot of crap, going through a lawsuit with their previous record label that was dragged on for quite some time. To make matters worse the bassist did one (probably realizing where the band was headed). It’s fair to say Jared and co. were in a bad place at the time of recording. But, fuelled with anger they had something to talk about.

The end result?

My feelings for this album are of bitter disappointment, because the few good songs on this album are really good, like Night of the Hunter: it’s a very solid, catchy and upbeat song that ticked all the boxes for a good 3STM track. The problem is songs like this rarely come up.

I found two main problems that killed this album for me 1.) Jared’s voice throughout most of the album is him doing that awful “epic” whispering, singing he occasionally did in A Beautiful Lie and 2.) the child chior. The child chior is the biggest problem for me and to make matters worse it’s in almost every song! Why would the band decide to do this? Maybe Jared thought if he created this little club (ironic, no?) of ankle biting sh!ts to sing on the album it’d bring swarms of young people to the feet of the band, so they could create an army (that looks like a fascist rally in some of the music videos) of mindless fools that will give them lots of attention and money.

Lets look at this from a different angle: if you like your songs to be watered down and have irritating BV’s from screaming kids, you’ll love this album. The frustrating thing is when the songs don’t have the choir in and Jared actually attempts to sing, the songs do pay off. Night of the Hunter, This is War, Hurricane, Stranger in a Strange Land and L 490 all have very appealing things about them, that not only sound great but, push the band forward in all the right ways. If the album was consistant and followed these songs throughout the whole album it would have been a much better effort. Hell, I wouldn’t have minded the chanting if it was only for one song, but it’s like everything in this album: it’s overindulged. Everything has to be Hollywood epic, from the singing to the music itself and unfortunately everything suffers from it.

Overall the album poorly masks its obvious marketing ploy with pointless and unnessesary chanting. And while the second half of the album shows a lot more promise with experimentation of sounds, it's quickly dragged down with things that make it wrong. Hopefully they'll sort out what went wrong in the next record... if there is one.



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DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I know there is a shat load of reviews for this, but I had to get it off my chest. haha

ChopSuey
February 16th 2013



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol nice summary

Evreaia
February 16th 2013



3736 Comments


liked their debut and second album, still haven't heard it. Seems its for the better.

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DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm on same wave length as you Evreaia, first two are solid albums. This album has some good songs, but it takes the weaker ideas ABL had and uses it as the main focus for this album... only with chanting. lol

EvoHavok
February 16th 2013



1207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like the first two albums and enjoy the singles off this, but it seems that's about it.

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ConorIsNotHere
February 16th 2013



898 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

While I do agree that the choir lowers the quality of the songs, but it doesn't bother me as much as it should (and I love "Alibi").

Pos'd

DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cheers for the pos.

DotEight
February 16th 2013



5434 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Love me some Hurricane. Rest blows.

Crawl
February 16th 2013



1377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would call it a guilty pleasure, if I'd think this isn't good. I still don't get what's wrong with this.

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DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shit man, a 5?

DotEight
February 16th 2013



5434 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There's several things wrong with this album.

DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Your views?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013



11314 Comments


4 years to tell us this band is average, well shit!!

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Ecnalzen
February 16th 2013



5846 Comments


-you could give them credit for being so bold or you could just further your angry of the band if you took a disliking to them in the first place-

The part with 'angry' reads weird. Shouldn't it be something like "further your anger with the band"?

Cormano
February 16th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reported

DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5


-you could give them credit for being so bold or you could just further your angry of the band if you took a disliking to them in the first place-

The part with 'angry' reads weird. Shouldn't it be something like "further your anger with the band"?

Good point. Changed. Cheers!

DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

4 years to tell us this band is average, well shit!!

Nope. The band isn't average, this album is...

Crawl
February 16th 2013



1377 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It'd be like 4.2 or smth, the 5 is just completely personal.

Ecnalzen
February 16th 2013



5846 Comments


No probs. I like the flow of this and the different angles you explore in reviewing the album. I have only heard their 2nd album. It was alright, but it's a little boring musically and I rarely listen to anything off it anymore. Leto's voice was the main draw for me. I do think he has some talent as a vocalist.

Have a pos on me.

DrGonzo1937
February 16th 2013



3356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cheers man.

Haha if his voice doesn't do out for you there's no point in trying to listen to them, as it's -for me anyway- the only reason I listen to them. And his voice is definitely absent in this album.



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