Touche Amore
Is Survived By


4.5
superb

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
September 18th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Always running, never looking back.

“I was once asked how I’d like to be remembered; I simply smiled and said “I’d rather stay forever.”"

Saying Is Survived By was “highly anticipated” is a gross understatement. Nobody expected them to make it this far, and Jeremy Bolm even admits his own doubts several times on the album. While some artists may fold under the pressure that comes from this, Touché Amoré proves otherwise.

Bolm’s vocals are as impassioned as ever, to the point where on Praise/Love he sounds like he’s about to break down. His shouts are the same shrill we all know and love, and he even employs some spoken word similar to Jordan Dreyer throughout the half hour running time. Whilst previous lyrics were often deemed cringe-worthy, they are a definite highlight of Is Survived By. Hints of the dark topics found on Parting The Sea… and even the band’s debut shine through on songs such as Social Caterpillar and Harbor, the latter of which wouldn’t sound out of place on a La Dispute record.

Many songs come close to the three minute mark – long by Touché’s standards, but the longer running time compared to previous releases has done the song writing wonders. Now the band has time to fully develop the best ideas, rather than cutting them short, a trait which plagued previous offerings. Throughout the half-hour, the band employs the many fantastic melodies we’ve become accustomed to, again evident in the quieter moments on Social Caterpillar. Non Fiction is similar too - The band slow down and build up from a Sunny Day Real Estate-esque arpeggio before the song explodes accompanied by Bolm’s incredibly passionate vocals.

Brad Wood’s production is absolutely stellar too. The bass and guitars are incredibly gritty at their most cathartic moments, and are far closer to …To The Beat of a Dead Horse than Parting The Sea…. As a result, the band’s screamo and hardcore influences shine through. The clean tone is absolutely stunning too, and works best on the quieter tracks like Praise/Love and Harbor.

Put simply, the album is an accumulation of everything the band has ever achieved. They’ve quietly been building a fan-base since their inception and Is Survived By proves that the remainder of 2013 belongs to Touché Amoré. They deserve nothing less.

"With time comes a layer of rust, and our bones will turn to dust."



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John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS (4.1)
Is Survived By is awesome. Listen to it....

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So expose what hurts you the worst, the exchange deals a handsome return. Are you in?...

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An enjoyable screamo release that may attract converts, also, is NOT metal....


Comments:Add a Comment 
hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2013


2127 Comments


Hmm, didn't even know this was coming out soon. Nice review though

VheissuCrisis
Emeritus
September 18th 2013


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good job man. Mentioned a few key points which have raised my interest in this.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
September 18th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys. Definitely check it out, review doesn't do it justice.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
September 18th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's streaming somewhere on the internet still (I think)

NocteDominum
September 18th 2013


7264 Comments


need to check this

dimsim3478
September 18th 2013


7154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pretty much just completely reviewed this, and then realized that the central thesis was exactly the same as my last review. Damn, I really wanted to write up something super hype for this one.

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ILJ
September 18th 2013


6868 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it's a decent review, but you really only get a general feel for what this album sounds like if you've happened to listen to their other albums or the other groups mentioned in the review.

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FearThyEvil
September 18th 2013


14460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can't wait to hear this

mindleviticus
September 18th 2013


8699 Comments


how long is it

EaglesBecomeVultures
September 18th 2013


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

can't wait to 3 this

ti0n
September 18th 2013


1729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

u wont eagles. i come to your house if u do.

mindleviticus
September 18th 2013


8699 Comments


If not >= 20 mins
Jake = not listening

ti0n
September 18th 2013


1729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's actually 29:43 min long

mindleviticus
September 18th 2013


8699 Comments


Well there you have it!

bakkermaarten007
September 18th 2013


4708 Comments


Such a shoegazey cover. Nice review, pos.

ZippaThaRippa
September 18th 2013


5257 Comments


I'm digging the bloopity guitar riffs

slidenslip
September 18th 2013


1016 Comments


stoked

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2013


53135 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Saying Is Survived By was “highly anticipated” is a gross understatement."



"Hmm, didn't even know this was coming out soon."



Damn he's got you there

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Cygnatti
September 18th 2013


29198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I had absolutely no idea this was gonna happen either.

Asmodeuss1990
September 19th 2013


326 Comments


Fucking love this band and this album dude.



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