I, The Writer
The Narrow Minded


1.5
very poor

Review

by DanielNightLewis USER (3 Reviews)
April 12th, 2013 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metalcore deserving of your most withering disdain.

I, The Writer are a band from Croydon, a suburb on the outskirts of London, England. However, you would be forgiven for mistaking them for one of the many American metalcore bands vying for the hard earned cash of children everywhere. Here we have a band so determined not to carve their own niche that their debut EP lacks anything that could even be mistaken for a distinguishing feature.

When a band has a name that is startlingly close to that of one of their primary influences, a person may feel inclined to question the legitimacy of the creative process at work. That person would be correct to do so and won't be surprised by the answers.

Looking at the 3 tracks on display, there is a common knack for picking out riffs and ideas that have been tried and tested to the point of exhaustion. Guitars chug mindlessly through verses and attempt to uplift during choruses (managing only to enrage) while the rhythm section trundles along fearful of adventure and flare. The vocals are perhaps the worst of all: limply gliding when attempting to soar and lacking anything approaching aggression, punch or impact when the overly processed shouting subjects the listener to a beginners guide to sounding pissed off because you took some lessons on screaming from some guy on Youtube.

It is hard not to take notice of lyrical themes that can only be described as a secularized pastiche of christian metalcore tropes. The listener can be met with broken, confused sentences shifting tense and perspective like a ship being tossed about by squall after squall. The poor construction of the lyrics could be ignored if they had something interesting, heartfelt or vaguely genuine to say but the sentiments contained are just as vapid as they are disjointed.

To top it off, the exemplar for the slickly produced confusion is found in "Narrow Minded", a song so narrow in scope that it could almost pass for a satirical jab at their peers if it weren't for their absolute belief that it the formula they are following is one that will lead to success.

There are a few pluses to this release, though they are mostly dealing with the production and mixing rather than content of the songs themselves. The sound is a crisp one with all instruments (apart from the predictably largely mixed out bass) given breathing room and the electronic elements gel nicely with the live instrumentation, those in charge of handling the technical side of things should be commended for making this sound clear and balanced throughout. However the positives just prove the cliche of being unable to polish a turd.

While there are glimmers of talent for crafting and emulating tried and tested ideas- in the way you might teach a parrot to swear, it is hard to imagine this release or any subsequent ones by this band being anything more than nails for their own coffin to be buried in another unmarked grave in the metalcore's cemetery.
For the sake of listeners everywhere when this band and others like them are finally buried we should take care to fill their mouths with salt and sew their lips and their eyes shut to prevent them from ever cashing in on a revival or nostalgia.


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DanielNightLewis
April 12th 2013


560 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

My 2nd review and 1st negative review. I struggled with this review as I had trouble finding a consistent train of thought as the music is just so bad my brain refused to focus on it.

Please help me get better at writing this stuff!

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TooLateToGoBack
April 12th 2013


1780 Comments


that band name, my goodness.

DanielNightLewis
April 12th 2013


560 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Normally I wouldn't dream of reviewing something like this as the bad metalcore review seems a tad redundant these days but it offended me so much I had to share it with the world.

Funeralopolis
April 12th 2013


11894 Comments


"I the" we meet again

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Cygnatti
April 12th 2013


22347 Comments


yep, I'll take this review's word for it.

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bakkermaarten007
April 12th 2013


3687 Comments


So should I check this out?

DanielNightLewis
April 12th 2013


560 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yes, this review was a ringing endorsement of this band.

Sharpside
April 12th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"I the" we meet again


Yeah, what's up with modern Metalcore bands using I in front of everything?

nononsense
April 12th 2013


3431 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not quite as bad as this review makes it out to be.

Drummerboy123
April 12th 2013


2423 Comments


I, the Breather
I, the Mighty
I, the Writer

Well this guy is a lot of things.

Couldn't resist XD

nononsense
April 12th 2013


3431 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I the breather and I the mighty are awesome.

DanielNightLewis
April 12th 2013


560 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Disagree entirely on both counts and this is probably why there is a whole point between our ratings

nononsense
April 12th 2013


3431 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I mean it's bad, just not a 1.5 imo. Solid review though.

sixdegrees
April 12th 2013


17731 Comments


I the mighty sucks, I don't get why everyone loses it over every progressive-flavored alt rock/ "post-hardcore" band to come along

anyways, good review. will avoid this like the plague

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ILJ
April 12th 2013


6742 Comments


are I, the Noun names the new verb the noun?

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DanielNightLewis
April 12th 2013


560 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Pronoun, the Noun

Sharpside
April 12th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It's like Djent bands and there plurals: Volumes, Structures, Reflections, PLURALS!!!

nononsense
April 12th 2013


3431 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^Structures

Drummerboy123
April 12th 2013


2423 Comments


Noun the Plurals.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2013


3545 Comments


Not Croydon's finest contribution to the music world

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