Escape the Fate
Dying Is Your Latest Fashion


4.5
superb

Review

by Brad Acord USER (7 Reviews)
May 9th, 2013 | 115 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nostalgia, Catchiness, Emotion and Heaviness

It’s amazing how fast time goes by. It was over seven years ago that I was sitting on Myspace and stumbled upon Escape The Fate’s page. At this point in my life I proudly proclaimed that Fall Out Boy was the best band ever and (for the most part) only listened to whatever crap was spewing out of the radio. The band’s page had a large picture of the entire band across the top of the page. I found it very interesting that such a dark looking band had two girls in it (I later discovered that the picture had deceived me and that Ronnie Radke and Max Green were in fact males). The song There’s No Sympathy For The Dead began to play out of my lap top. Just before leaving the page, something stopped me. I sat and listened to the entire song. Then I played it again… and again. That same day I made my mom drive me to the local record store to buy the album. Over the years I have decided that there was one main aspect of this album that has kept me interested to this day. That aspect is the cohesion of the band members in the crafting well-structured, catchy tracks.

The album opener The Webs We Weave does a great job of introducing what Escape the Fate is all about. Upbeat vocals perfectly blend with above average guitar work and solid drumming. The band does a good job of having a bit of a dark feel in the mood of their songs but Radke’s upbeat vocals bump the mood a little bit happier. The band does a phenomenal job switching between soaring upbeat choruses and dark, screamed bridges and verses without sounding awkward. Songs that run in a similar vein are Chariot of Fire, The Guillotine, There’s No Sympathy and My Apocalypse. All of these tracks are able to stand on their own and each has its own flare that makes them memorable and interesting. For example, one memorable part on the album comes after the screaming and guitar filled bridge of The Webs We Weave. The instrumentation suddenly cuts out and Radke is left alone singing the soaring chorus of the song. Escape the Fate was able to prove their ability to write heavy and interesting songs while still being catchy and accessible.

While songs that were just listed were all very similar in style to their initial EP (There’s No Sympathy and The Guillotine were on it), Escape the Fate tone down the heaviness on several tracks. This may have been an attempt to broaden the bands fan base but regardless of their motives, the music produced works. This is mostly seen in the song Situations. In these more pop heavy songs, Radke’s vocals are put on really strong and blend perfectly with the instrumentation. The result is several infectiously catchy tracks that while not as high achieving as there heavier work, provides some needed variety to their catalogue and makes the album much more interesting. Songs similar to Situations less heavy style include Reverse This Curse, Friends and Alibis and Not Good Enough.

Radke’s singing and screaming are the crown on top of the song. There is something in Radke’s voice that just seems sincere, innocent and powerful all at the same time. His lyrics and vocals are able to evoke the type of angsty emotions that just can’t be classified. His powerful, raw screams are used the perfect amount and only at the right times. In fact nothing on the album will make you ask, “Why did they include this?” or “This seems out of place”. Radke is obviously the highlight of the album and I wish he had been completely unaware of this because his ego has obviously been inflated a bit too much.

The guitar work throughout the album also deserves a tip of the hat. Monte does a phenomenal job especially in the song My Apocalypse that really brings his skills to the forefront. His guitar solos in both There’s No Sympathy For The Dead and The Guillotine are top notch as well and are placed perfectly into the song. Nowadays he’s really the only redeeming quality of what remains of Escape The Fate.

Well these times for the band are long gone. Escape The Fate is down to having only two original members and has proved that they will probably never live up to this album. Ronnie Radke has allowed this album to blow his ego over the top and has decided that what the music industry needs now is “A white boy on the beat rockin’ Gucci sneaks”. Despite all that has occurred since its release, this album is still to this day worth a listen and does a great job of balancing heaviness with catchiness.

Songs I still listen to from time to time:
The Guillotine
There’s No Sympathy For the Dead
My Apocalypse
Friends and Alibis
Not Good Enough For Truth in Cliche



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Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I figured that this review would be appropriate considering the recent release of an Escape the Fate album and the god awful falling in reverse single. Also I was surprised that this album had no higher than a 3 review. Criticism is welcome and I haven't reviewed an album for about two years so come at me haha.

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Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm glad you have always been on my side with enjoying this album andcas. Everything that came after this was just awful from anyone involved.

Bless The Fall = Ruined
Escape The Fate = Ruined
The Word Alive = Ruined
Falling in Reverse = Bad from the start

Not to mention shitty side projects of Max Green and Craig.. uhhh.

Spec
May 8th 2013


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wish I didn't like this.

bach
May 8th 2013


12908 Comments


As if they weren't ruined to begin with. Nice review, though. pos'd.

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Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ Thanks. I respect the difference of opinion. The vocals probably ruin this for some people.

Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Andcas why isnt this review on the front page?

Edit: Problem has been resolved

Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

or anyone that has an explanation? Its kind of annoying.

Edit: Problem resolved

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2013


50553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This has like 4 good songs

Azn.
May 8th 2013


5612 Comments


really bad album art and album title combo

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has like 9 good songs

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2013


50553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh the webs you weave, something something something

Haven't heard this in forever cuz my mom stole the CD

Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

-_- Why would your mom steal an Escape the Fate CD?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2013


50553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cuz women like ETF

PunchforPunch
May 8th 2013


6280 Comments


lol that's amazing

Feather
May 8th 2013


1358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In ETF's case, I believe the quality of the album art has gone hand in hand with the quality of the music released with it.

Spec
May 8th 2013


27188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like Friends And Alibies.

TooLateToGoBack
May 8th 2013


1775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My Apocalypse is still rad to this day.


joshieboy12345
May 8th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The only good thing Radke has ever done.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2013


19920 Comments


yeah that ep is just as good as this.

however, i don't want to be reminded i used to like this band after the recent falling in reverse video.

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joshieboy12345
May 8th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The new FIR was fucking awful, his rapping part about all his haters was the worst thing I've ever seen.



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