Woe, Is Me
American Dream


2.0
poor

Review

by merpmerp USER (8 Reviews)
August 21st, 2013 | 25 replies


Release Date: 08/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Improving ever so slightly, Woe, Is Me have crafted an EP not worthy of praise, but not deserving of the hatred that its predecessor received.

Woe, Is Me have become a staple in the ever-growing world of modern metalcore music for their hopelessly derivative and just plain lazy musicianship. Ever since lineup changes resulted in the band losing all but one original member, Woe, Is Me has done nothing but release the same tired and tedious garbage that has been bestowed upon us for years by countless other groups in the genre. With their sophomore effort 'Genesi[s]' being one of the laziest and most generic albums I had ever heard from a band, I was expecting some improvement with their new EP 'American Dream'. After all, Genesi[s] was rushed, and the new members were still settling in to their positions and needed time to adjust. They've had their time, and is the new finished product any better than what Genesi[s] had to offer?

Well, kind of. Kicking off with 'Stand Up' you hear the band is still recycling riffs and blatantly ripping off others. (See Bring Me The Horizon's 'Shadow Moses') Instrumentation is slightly better with the guitar playing faster and the drums speedily blasting along. It doesn't take long however, for the song to completely change direction to complement the clean vocals of Hance Alligood. It feels sloppy, almost as if the band doesn't know how to write a chorus without poppy power chord progressions. Almost every song follows this pattern, the three songs that aren't acoustic that is. Generic riffing to open, chugs galore in the verses, power chord chorus, breakdown. It gets tedious very soon, and you'll find yourself wondering if you're just listening to the same song over and over again. After the three "heavy" songs, you're greeted with not one, but two cheesy acoustic songs featuring nothing but Hance's clean singing. I found myself wondering if I was listening to A Day To Remember with 'Fine Without You', due to the new style of singing. Neither of these songs are anything special, with their "inspirational" and "emotional" lyrics. Hance's voice isn't bad though, and even enjoyable at some points.

Lyrically Woe, Is Me haven't matured in the slightest, writing the same angst-filled, *** you *** this lyrics.

"To every mother***er
To every sorry ***
To every fake piece of ***
I'm so over it"

Some golden lyricism right there. Vocally however, the band has improved. Harsh vocalist Doriano Magliano has found his place in the band nicely, and he powerfully growls his way through most of the songs. The band also made a good decision by giving the clean vocalist much more time on the album than Doriano this time around, as his vocals can grow tiring quickly. Hance on the other hand, has finally stopped his cringe-worthy style of singing found on Genesi[s] where he emphasized almost every other word, sounding forced and just plain annoying. He gets a lot more time to show his pipes on here than he did on Genesi[s], and it's welcomed, as his singing is much more enjoyable to listen to than Doriano. Some of the best moments on this EP (of which there are few) are when Hance is commanding a chorus with his soaring cleans. His vocal performance on here doesn't save this EP from it's generic and atrocious instrumentation and lyricism though.

With 'American Dream', Woe, Is Me have released a short glimpse at improvement, but not enough to save them from their generic ways. With atrocious guitar work, immature and lazy lyrics, and TWO cheesy acoustic songs, the band is still far from anything worth listening to. Maybe with another full length the band could change, but until then, Woe, Is Me will continue to be one of the laziest and most generic bands around. Congrats guys.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
merpmerp
August 21st 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haven't written a review in a while, thought I'd give it a go. Maybe I was a little too generous with my rating. Here's an album stream if you want...

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKcGEIO7V0rXVfflsjaaeJqcjGI0a4-F0

Chesse
August 21st 2013


529 Comments


Improving ever so slightly



Still a 2. Lol band sucks

Chesse
August 21st 2013


529 Comments


I skimmed the review. It's pretty good

merpmerp
August 21st 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanks and yeah, band is awful. this isn't as bad as Genesi[s] though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


19798 Comments


"that it's predecessor received."

it is predecessor? :P


Digging: Yellowcard - Lift a Sail

merpmerp
August 21st 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

fixed. I seem to make that mistake a lot. any others?

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


1626 Comments


This band is whoreshit, but yeah I liked the review!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2013


19798 Comments


nothing major, but since you asked...

"Well kind of." I think there should be a comma after Well

"It doesn't take long however, for the song to completely change direction to complement"

I think it would read better if you said change directions instead of direction.

That's all I have really. It's a well-written review, but I would work on spicing up your descriptions a little bit.

"and he powerfully growls his way through most of the songs"

I like this description, but you can make it even better. How is his growl powerful? is it high pitched? Low and deep? Try to help the reader picture exactly what his voice sounds like. Still a good review though, pos'd



moshpotatoes
August 21st 2013


564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

lol youre still making the comparison of the intro of ' Stand Up' to 'Shadow Moses?' I still don't see it, I still think it sounds similar to 'Losing Sight' by Memphis May Fire.

And do you know the difference between 'Then' and 'Than?'

Digging: Hearts & Hands - My Own Machine

moshpotatoes
August 21st 2013


564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Figure it out, I'm not a teacher.

merpmerp
August 21st 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I used it right man, and if you don't have an example of where I didn't THEN your statement before is
irrelevant.

Travio
August 21st 2013


28 Comments


"The band also made a good decision by giving the clean vocalist much more time on the album then Doriano this time around"

lol

moshpotatoes
August 21st 2013


564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"""""""""""""""""Figure it out, I'm not a teacher.""""""""""""""""""

merpmerp
August 21st 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

there you go travio, thanks. and yes decayingmajesty, go to your profile, then edit your reviews should be under your profile picture.

merpmerp
August 21st 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

thanks for the neg mosh

NothingForSomething
August 21st 2013


186 Comments


It's like they consciously choose the most faux thought provoking yet obviously hollow buzzwords/phrases to name EVERYTHING.

moshpotatoes
August 21st 2013


564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I didn't give you a neg.

moshpotatoes
August 21st 2013


564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

The review is good. I wish they could go back to how they sound when #vengeance came out. They picked up a better screamer since then, and hance's vocals were on point, he sings like he's in a pop punk band now..

DegausserGuernica24
August 21st 2013


1134 Comments


Woe, wtf

Conexus
August 22nd 2013


80 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hance was for me what made Genesis.. on this one, he sucks.



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