For Want Of
Smoke


4.0
excellent

Review

by XingKing USER (12 Reviews)
July 10th, 2013 | 32 replies | 1,808 views


Release Date: 07/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With its complex instrumentation, frequently changing tempos and memorable vocals, Smoke is definitely a must hear for anyone that considers themselves a fan of raw and melodic screamo.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

In 2010, Texas based screamo band For Want Of released their Self-Titled debut EP consisting of four tracks clocking in at seven minutes. The best way to describe the record would have been an angry version of Hot Cross. While the guitar work was certainly impressive and the vocals infectious, the record could at times be overbearing, sounding quite messy and the four tracks really feeling like one longer song. Fast forward two years and For Want Of recorded their follow up to their 7" debut and titled it Smoke. In the blink of an eye, the record disappeared off the face of the earth and save for the few who obtained it in its brief time of existence, it might as well have never happened. Well over a year and a half after said incident, Smoke is finally seeing the light of day in a proper release.

"I distance myself as I grow old..."

The record opens with I'll Go It Alone, where the listener is treated to guitar feedback before the track erupts in what sounds highly reminiscent of the latter half of the S/T EP. It features complex guitar work and has a bridge with the same infectious style of vocals that were found on the Self-Titled opener. The difference this time around is the band sounds noticeably tighter. Unlike the 7", the guitar riffs are played far cleaner, they flow naturally from one another and they never reach that schizophrenic sound where too much is going on at once. Likewise, the drum work has vastly improved and the bass tone sounds great.

Each song features a memorable portion and every member has their moment to shine. Whether it be the guitar work found in the Hot Cross-esque intros of Episode IV and Dark Path, the drum work in the outro of Mentors, the bass work of Coyote or the vocals and dissonance during Dogmatists, each member brings something to the table. The band certainly benefits from having three distinctly different vocalists (four if you count the frequent guest vocals) that work incredibly well together. In addition to the vocals, the guitars accent the complex noodling and octaves, the bass has a nice mid-high range that cuts through the guitars exceptionally well and the drums are crisp and tight.

The production of the 7" was incredibly rough and could at times cause the tracks to become overbearing. With a better mixing job, the EP would have sounded far less chaotic and allowed the songs more room to breath. So how does Smoke's production fare and what does it bring us now in 2013 that it couldn't bring us in 2012? For starters, the production is much more solid this time around. Each instrument is mixed quite well relative to one another and no single instrument particularly drowns out the other the way they did on the Self-Titled release. The cymbals are no longer laughable and the bass mixing and tone is much more pleasing to the ears. In comparison to Smoke's release last year, it's certainly tighter and the mix is slightly altered, but you'd be hard pressed to find any noticeable differences if you weren't sitting with both copies going back and forth.

With its complex instrumentation, frequently changing tempos and memorable vocals, Smoke is definitely a must hear for anyone that considers themselves a fan of raw and melodic screamo. If you found yourself on the fence about their debut or only slightly intrigued, Smoke's improved song writing and far more crisp production should easily clear up just how fantastic this band can be.

"And when you die, you won't be saved. You've come to live a life that's not free."



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XingKing
July 10th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream:
http://forwantof.bandcamp.com/album/smoke

Adabelle
July 10th 2013



4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Have heard these guys' self-titled but not this.

Good review except this reads a bit funny and has a typo in it:
The production of the 7" was incredibly rough and could as times cause the tracks to become overbearing and far more chaotic than they would have been featuring a more proper mixing job

Inb4 mappy (unlikely but possible)

XingKing
July 10th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Changed it up, so hopefully it reads better now. Thanks for catching that

Also, not Mappy. XING!

pmmets07
July 10th 2013



5858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice i heard a track off this today and really liked it. gonna listen to the whole thing l8r

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2013



49979 Comments


Named after Rites of Spring right

Digging: Armchairpolitician - Seven Segment Decoder

XingKing
July 10th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes sir!

Adabelle
July 10th 2013



4253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha you know what I meant, he digs this band hard

wacknizzle
July 10th 2013



12896 Comments


Good review dude, I love Hot Cross and Off Minor so this definitely sounds right up my alley.

Eh it's pretty good but Warren of Ohms >

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XingKing
July 10th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While I obviously have similar influences as these guys, I wouldn't really compare the two. I appreciate the kind words though

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2013



19627 Comments


meh, the used is prolly better ;)

Digging: The Who - Tommy

XingKing
July 10th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're gonna make me lose all my skramz credit with that comment lol

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2013



19627 Comments


nah you'll survive :3

you have an apostrophe on its in the summary btw

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2013



19627 Comments


There's one in the closing paragraph too

"With it's complex instrumentation"

don't feel bad apostrophe's can be a bitch





XingKing
July 10th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And to think I actually said out loud to myself "Ehhh.. I'm not gonna proof read this shit. I'm sure it's fine! It's fine, it's fiiiinneee!"

Never again will I have confidence in myself.

Thanks dudes!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2013



19627 Comments


haha proofreading is essential to catch the annoying stuff like apostrophes cause microsoft word won't catch that shit.

other than that, good review man have a pos

Spec
July 10th 2013



27104 Comments


rites of spring thing goin on

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XingKing
July 10th 2013



10329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You skramz fans need to jump on this. How is it that I am the only rating?

Spec
July 10th 2013



27104 Comments


probs cause no one can find it for free

pmmets07
July 11th 2013



5858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn i can see this becoming one of my faves of the year. vocals are so strong on this.

pmmets07
July 11th 2013



5858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the girl on the cover looks like she's trying so hard not to laugh



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