Liferuiner
Future Revisionists


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR (65 Reviews)
June 6th, 2013 | 40 replies | 7,795 views


Release Date: 06/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If nothing else, Future Revisionists proves that even the worst bands can take an unexpected turn for the better.

Had Future Revisionists been released anonymously, it would’ve been virtually impossible for it to be traced back to Liferuiner. All members of the band sans the vocalist are newcomers. Stylistically it sounds nothing like their previous material; in fact the only trait it shares with their other work besides the band name is that it falls under the metalcore umbrella, albeit on the opposite end of the spectrum. Future Revisionists completely disregards the “brocore” formula the group used in the past. Breakdowns now play a much smaller role, only appearing once or twice a song if that, the chord progressions (yeah, they play chords now) and use of melodic leads eliminate any Emmure similarities of their early work, and the drumming is firmly rooted in the punk side of metalcore, making Future Revisionists their most upbeat and fastest release by far. The songwriting has substantially improved as well – though technically it couldn’t have improved if it wasn’t there in the first place, but they actually flesh out their ideas into coherent songs and surprisingly avoid the crutch of mainstream song structures.

The real kicker is that the songs are actually good. Liferuiner finally grasp the concept of dynamics and flaunt this newfound skill in almost every track. Opener ‘Vacant’ could’ve been a B-side off Cult of Luna’s Salvation, beginning softly with atmospheric guitars and ominous background screaming, then eventually toying with the soft-hard dynamic during its heavy bridge section and outro. The straightforward ‘Waivered Lives’ and ‘Feeling/Meaning’ take pages from the melodeath book with catchy choruses, abrasive riffs and the like. ‘Fissure’ is the best example of their refined songwriting ability – it begins in a standard -core fashion with distorted jabs and punk drumming, but as the song progresses it becomes noticeable that Liferuiner rarely repeat an idea more than once. What's impressive is that not for one moment does a riff or interlude sound disjointed or out of place (besides the breakdown but that goes without saying). All the transitions are so smooth up to and including the song’s climax that it never fails to hold your attention through its duration.

The problem with Future Revisionists is that it falls into the same traps many modern metalcore bands do – generic breakdowns and outstanding lack of diversity. Contrary to the brodown infested songwriting technique used on their first two full-lengths, breakdowns are used sparingly, but when they do appear they almost consistently break the momentum of whichever song they’re in. They always feel shoehorned in as if to please their original fanbase when all they really do is alienate new listeners from their fresher and, let’s face it, better take on metalcore. Also aside from the post-metal tendencies in ‘Vacant’ and the minute-and-a-half punk banger ‘Savages’, the songs do little to differentiate themselves from each other, the lines often blurred as to when one finishes and another begins. Future Revisionists also suffers from a static vocal performance. Johnathan O’Callaghan has a powerful scream reminiscent of Coalesce's Sean Ingram and easily decipherable lyrics, but it becomes monotonous after the first few songs since it’s the only type of vocals present (aside from the occasional gang chant) throughout the album’s runtime.

At a modest 34 minutes, Future Revisionists is an easily digestible listen, with even the longer songs barely pushing the 4-minute mark. From the dissonant ‘Fissue’ to the melodic closer ‘Self Purgatory’, no song ever overstays its welcome, each being its own compact beast. Realistically Future Revisionists contributes little to the (d)evolution of modern metalcore, but if nothing else it serves as hard evidence that even the worst bands can take an unexpected turn for the better.



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KILL
June 5th 2013


71750 Comments


better than hemispheres eh? will check

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2013


21050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Recommended Tracks: Waivered Lives, Savages, Fissure, Self Purgatory

Vacant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j990ZEm8uLo

Fissure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kviHVbfr1nk


seriously surprised/embarrassed i like this so much. if you loathe their other stuff like i do you might want to give this a shot

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Spec
June 5th 2013


27167 Comments


At least they're listenable now.

crowing51
June 5th 2013


3453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

literally just listened to this. quite the improvement indeed.

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SubtleBody
June 6th 2013


519 Comments


This reminds me of Shai Hulud without any zazz. Listening to Vacant now and it just has no punch to it. It could be so much better.

skoopy48
June 6th 2013


1499 Comments


This band was pretty damn terrible, but I'll check this out

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HugCrewLoveRoll
June 6th 2013


612 Comments


Good review, my only complaint is that you do not mention S.O.S.E. wich sounded pretty much like this, so its not that big of a change in sound. pos'd

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2013


21050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

honestly i hated that EP about as much as their other stuff. this sounds completely different to me

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2013


16088 Comments


Breakdowns now play a much smaller role, only appearing once or twice a song if that,
The problem with Future Revisionists is that it falls into the same traps many modern metalcore bands do – the overuse of breakdowns

even with your clarification, you pretty invalidate that second sentence entirely and it is misleading and bad and change it please

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2013


10190 Comments


it would’ve been virtually impossible for it to be traced back to Liferuiner.[/i]

Good line to open with, nice work. I'd add 'its predecessor' before Liferuiner, though, to make sure newcomers understand what you're getting at.

[quote]Stylistically it sounds nothing like their previous material


Future Revisionists completely disregards the “brocore” formula they used in the past.


Make sure to avoid vague pronouns like 'it' and 'they' unless you have already been talking about the subjects awhile, to the point where it's clear who you're referring to. maybe use 'the record' and 'the group' here, or get more creative than I typically do.

The songwriting has substantially improved as well – well, technically


The double use of 'well' is redundant, switch that up somehow.

The real kicker is that the songs are actually good. Liferuiner finally grasped the concept of dynamics and flaunt this newfound skill in almost every track.


I don't like the first statement here because of 'good,' maybe try to find a more colorful descriptor. Also, Liferuiner finally grasp*-- make sure your verb tense is consistently present, unless describing the band's history.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2013


10190 Comments


‘Fissure’ is the best example of their refined songwriting ability – it begins in a standard -core fashion with distorted jabs and punk drumming, but as the song progresses it becomes noticeable that Liferuiner rarely repeat an idea more than once, yet not for one moment does a riff or interlude sound disjointed or out of place (besides the breakdown but that goes without saying).


Good sentence, but a bit of a chore to read-- I'd trim it down, or maybe split it up halfway through.

breakdowns are used [relatively] sparingly


'Relatively' is unnecessary.

They always feel shoehorned in (why any band would want to force breakdowns is beyond me) as if to please their original fanbase (seriously, why the fuck?),


If breakdowns will get the band a lot of fans, then why wouldn't they play them? Makes a lot of sense to me.

the songs do little to differentiate themselves from each other, the lines often blurred as to when one finishes and another begins.


Very good line here. Keep using these types of analyses in your reviews

a powerful Sean Ingram-esque scream


Who's Sean Ingram? Might want to elaborate for the ignorant (read: me)

no song ever overstays its welcome, each being its own compact beast.


Compact beast is a good phrase. Strong closing paragraph. Overall this was miles better than your previous review-- descriptive, but an interesting read as well. This time around, my advice was more about honing your skills because this was very well-done. Keep up the good work, man-- nice to share a feature with you

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2013


21050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

alright fixed most of those

If breakdowns will get the band a lot of fans, then why wouldn't they play them? Makes a lot of sense to me.


that was mainly a jab at the whole brocore scene but i took it out anyway

the detailed feedback is really helpful guys, thanks

sexpoi
June 6th 2013


599 Comments


good review. I saw emmure in the similar bands and I almost skipped the review but it was an enjoyable read and got me interested in at least giving this a passing glance.

PumpBoffBag
June 6th 2013


327 Comments


that band name, wow. Still not listened to these guys yet, but may do now as the review makes a good case

Winsomniac
June 6th 2013


7971 Comments


'All members of the band sans the vocalist are newcomers.'

This reads awkwardly to me. You could have gotten the same message across without using 'sans' in that way.

'All of the band's current members, with the exception of the vocalist, are newcomers." or something like that. Using 'sans' there just feels off, especially in a very straightforward subject verb sentence.

HighandDriving
June 6th 2013


3288 Comments


Lol I rememba when that fat guy raped a guy.

And the old wiki page. With 80 members kicked out for the reason: Broke edge.

VinesOvThorn
June 6th 2013


198 Comments


"Ticket To The Pussy Crusher"

nylertickel2
June 6th 2013


167 Comments


Worst band ever

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2013


21050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

before this album i wouldve agreed with that

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2013


10190 Comments


thread looks like a teaching class


Them fuckin' teaching classes, man



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