Saviour
First Light To My Death Bed


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rice303 USER (12 Reviews)
November 28th, 2013 | 9 replies


Release Date: 10/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly solid metalcore release that could have easily turned out tedious, annoying and repetitive

UNFD aren't known for being very varied in terms of the bands they sign. Most of them are metalcore/ post-hardcore acts such as Northlane, The Amity Affliction, Dream On Dreamer and In Heart's Wake. However recently the label has started to expand to include Aussie punk rockers Bodyjar and Progressive band Dead Letter Circus. With UNFD finally deciding to sign bands of different genres, it can easily be said that Saviour was simply signed because they were a metalcore act similar to many of the others that were previously signed, but unlike a lot of the other metalcore bands UNFD have signed, Saviour released 'First Light To My Death Bed' to try and prove a point, that they aren't a replica of the other metalcore bands, but instead are trying to lead the way for many metalcore acts to come.

Saviour's 'First Light To My Death Bed' is unique not because it twists or innovates the genre, but because of the bands effort to try use light atmospheric textures that many other bands don't use enough, if at all in the genre. Every breakdown, every bridge, every clean sung intro adds to the emotion that Saviour are trying so hard to create, that isn't to say that this album is just full of emotional and atmospheric metalcore. There are so totally pissed off songs that the band manages to pull off, such as the heavy 'Mercenary' but these songs seem much more generic and suffer from stereotypical 'modern' lyrical themes about break-ups or more ludicrous problems that don't carry much weight, after all, we've heard about 100 versions of these songs, each so very similar. The vocals come across with mixed results, while consistently heavy it's the female back-up vocalist Shontay (despite seeming overproduced and heavily autotuned at times) that actually steals the show in terms of immersion. A great example of this is the ending of the first single and longest song 'Jaded' which has a very soft outro consisting of back up clean vocals which feels immersive in ways that not many other metalcore/melodic metalcore acts can achieve.

Another really surprising positive is that the clean vocals don't ever really seem to get annoying, such as in the older music video 'Vomit' in which the vocals overlap way too much and distract the listener from the lyrics. With this removed the band is now much more balanced. While the musicianship is quite typical of most other metalcore acts, the drumming is always blistering and well produced, which makes the songs feel either heavier or lighter than they actually would be performed live. While there isn't anything technically outstanding from either the drummer or guitarist, their work is commendable because they never manage to be boring, with the exceptions being the overuse of breakdowns in some tracks which, despite emotional purpose, wear off quickly. Especially once up to the track 'Needle' which sounds like a 1 minute near spoken word track which is essentially one massive breakdown until the end.

So, even though 'First Light To My Death Bed' does nothing new it manages to stay afloat for it's entire running time, which is always great for what could have been another generic metalcore release. It has lighter songs 'Karolena' much heavier songs 'Jaded' and even songs with spoken word influence 'Collapse' and 'Needle' and manages to impress from the very beginning with both brilliant musicianship and lyrics. It seems UNFD are starting to gain a reputation in managing to sign decent metalcore acts.



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thebat675
November 28th 2013


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lyndsay Antica is the guitarist.

Shontay Snow is the female singer featured throughout this album.

"Nothing technical or outstanding about the drummer"

You're obviously not a drummer because this guy is a machine.

Rice303
November 28th 2013


265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Always get those two mixed up. I'll fix it up now cheers


Rice303
November 28th 2013


265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I just find the drumming is decent, but just regular for metalcore

joshieboy12345
November 28th 2013


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Your review has convinced me to have a listen.

TheGreatQ
November 28th 2013


1554 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

According to the site I'm downloading this from, it's melodic hardcore lol

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

Mort.
November 28th 2013


4061 Comments


I listened to this once and couldn't fucking stand the guys harsh vocals. really unappealing

but the drummer was pretty noticeable from what I remember.

Digging: Crash of Rhinos - Distal

TheGreatQ
November 28th 2013


1554 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah this isn't very good. (the album, that is; review is good)

Rice303
November 28th 2013


265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, I know a lot of people who can't stand the vocalist, but I wasn't too bothered by him, there's a lot better and a lot worse I've heard.

joshieboy12345
January 14th 2014


5371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

RIP. So sad these guys broke up.



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