Abandon All Ships
Infamous


1.0
awful

Review

by Jennifer Ravensdale USER (3 Reviews)
August 12th, 2013 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unforgivably sloppy; stay clear of this incoherent amalgamation of genres if possible.

There’s a good share of bands in all genres of music that indulge in clichés, which in turn restrains the group’s potential to create memorable music thanks to said filler material. It’s somewhat rare however that a band fully embraces these gimmicks, puts them on full display and expects to be taken seriously. Abandon All Ships is just such a band, calling upon just about every stale and overused gimmick from Post-Hardcore to its side. “Infamous”, the band’s sophomore effort is a daunting listen due to sheer laziness, its vapid nature and how it’s completely inconsistent listen from start to finish.

We open up with “Good Old Friend”, which exemplifies this album perfectly. Not even ten seconds in and we're greeted with a breakdown, layered by random euro-trance synthetics before the unclean vocals come in. You’ve just heard a good portion of the instrumental structure in this album in that one opening segment. This album is filled with chugging, open chords, breakdowns and pointless electronics. The only exception to the pattern is “August”, which is a heavily overproduced and repetitive ballad. The lyricism is the biggest offender this album has to offer, and the sole reason for this is because it’s completely inconsistent and has no point to make. “Less Than Love” is a perfect example of the lack of coherency, jumping from this verse, “You're a firm, believer in more than one, pray the right will come”, to this one, “Well, I hate to break it to you, you're just some ***ing slut.” It shows a lack of honesty and feels just as forced as the music itself.

The unclean vocals are downright ridiculous. Angelo has no range, and sometimes his delivery is so forced and grating that it’s unsure whether or not he’s even using his diaphragm to scream. Plenty of generic stutter effects, vocal layering and other production boosts are present here and not even those can save his wicked witch of the west impressions from hogging the spotlight in such a negative way. The clean vocals for the most part are coated in a sea of auto-tune, rendering Martin’s voice almost unrecognizable. When they aren’t layered in heavy doses of production, they come across as lazy and unimpressive. The previously mentioned track “Good Old Friend” has one verse of Martin’s semi-natural voice. Like Angelo, Martin is stuck in his mid range and never ventures out of it when he’s not swimming among the waves of studio magic. Pitch correction is this band’s best friend, and it still let them down.

There is an almost complete absence of variety in the instrumentation. The guitars rarely leave the first two frets, resulting in a bland and predictable performance. The bass follows in toe with the guitars, and is practically inaudible due to the smothering production. There are a few nice drum fills here and there, particularly on the last track of the album. Nothing stands out in this disaster of an album. Most likely, Abandon All Ships now has an infamous reputation for being the next band in the scene to follow the same cookie cutter trends in the genre. This is a colossal waste of space in anyone’s music library and one of the laziest albums ever to come to fruition.


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TommyIcedB (1.5)
With their sophomore effort, Abandon All Ships cross the line from niche to just plain awful....


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Jennifer22
August 11th 2013


281 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

My first negative review, I felt the first review of this was far too forgiving.

Digging: Fair to Midland - Arrows and Anchors

DegausserGuernica24
August 12th 2013


1134 Comments


'My first negative review'

'Album Rating: 0.5'

Ouch. lol

Nocturnal
August 12th 2013


1329 Comments


Excellent review.

This is an abomination.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1622 Comments


This music is attrocious.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1622 Comments


I pos'd since the review is pretty good.

DegausserGuernica24
August 12th 2013


1134 Comments


In other words, OMFG A GIRL ON SPUTNIK ALSNOIFJIJPJIW{JPJE{RPQJPWQJE{QPIJR{PQJER{PEOQJR{QPORJ{}

We're all losers, BTW.

Jennifer22
August 12th 2013


281 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks everyone! Also, I just got my first neg. That's a bit disappointing.

tommygun
August 12th 2013


24954 Comments


album sounds awful

in the second paragraph you start the first two sentences in exactly the same way - needs editing... not a bad writeup otherwise

Jennifer22
August 12th 2013


281 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What needs editing about it? I'm rather confused to be honest.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1622 Comments


For a third review this is great, but Jesus Christ this may hurt my hears more then brokencyde.

Jennifer22
August 12th 2013


281 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@De - I pretty much hate this album, it actually made me mad listening to it.

@hogan - At least brokeNCYDE is so bad it's funny, this is just painful.

DegausserGuernica24
August 12th 2013


1134 Comments


So, your ears are your hears, your eyes are your sees, your spine is your humps, and your legs are your jumps. ok

tommygun
August 12th 2013


24954 Comments


you start consecutive sentences with the phrase 'we open up with'

reads a little clunky, well it stuck out to me anyway

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1622 Comments


This is why I try to listen to only music I like. Also, skele should be writing a 5 review up on this in no time

TheInmortalVermicide
August 12th 2013


234 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The idiots who make this album should be sentenced to the electric chair.

Jennifer22
August 12th 2013


281 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

@De - ???

@tommygun - Would a better way to phrase it be, "Opening with" or "Right at the forefront we have"

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1622 Comments


Jennifer, my teacher actually would fail us if we started sentences with the same time over and over again. What he's saying
is that you used "We open up with-" twice in a row on the second paragraph.

Jennifer22
August 12th 2013


281 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Oh I see it now. I'm going to change that. Wow that was dumb of me.

Edit - Changed it so it didn't repeat what the first sentence said.

tommygun
August 12th 2013


24954 Comments


yup that's better, pos

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2013


1622 Comments


If only most normally people actually see through how shitty this is.



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