Issues
Issues


2.0
poor

Review

by ZachNyeScienceGuy USER (4 Reviews)
February 18th, 2014 | 15 replies | 3,348 views


Release Date: 02/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Issues’ self-titled is something that may seem new and different on the outside, but inside is the same-old song and dance that this genre’s been up to, it’s just singing to a different tune.

7 of 9 thought this review was well written

Issues is a band that was mainly composed of and formed by ex. Woe, is Me members. After several line-up changes with the loss of twins Ben and Cory Ferris (Who were ironically replaced by two new twins Tyler and Skyler Accord) Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn remain as the only reminder of said fact. Their first release “Black Diamonds” largely showed similarities to what Woe was with them involved, but with added pop and Rn’B influences. With Issues’ second Endeavor, and first LP, it is evident that the vision they have is a far cry from what Woe, is Me was. And it’s that vision that makes them stand out as their own individual entity, whether it’s for better or worse.

I want to kick this review off with a personal statement (I know, I know, I’m not supposed to…). I get what Issues is trying to do, in fact I actually really admire them in some regards. They’re trying to breathe life and change into a rather stale, formulaic and predictable genre of music. The problem is that while the concept is innovative and unique on paper, it is poorly executed here.

If you put bubblegum, steak and corn in a blender and ate it, it’d probably be what Issues’ sound would taste like. They mix together multiple genres of music to create this auditory bipolar ambiance. That’s all fine and good in a creative sense, but where the sound falls flat is, oddly enough, in its lack of innovation. It seems as though they directly took metal-core’s lowed tuned guitar’s and pace destroying breakdowns and tried to mix them with pop’s Rhianna style “Nah Nah Nah,” effect-ridden vocals, and atmospheric synthesizers. This mix of genres only turns into this water/oil solution. Both influences seem to clearly define what they are, but they never blend. They lack cohesion and only make the listener want to listen to a well done pop or metal-core album, not an empty mix of the two.

Emptiness is the key feeling that the album presents. There’s a lot missing from this album technically. When it comes to guitar work, it seems as if they forgot to add in the lead guitar track. As a result, all that’s prevalent 85% of the time is open-string, palm mute, or power chord monotony that is unimpressive and un-inventive. This leaves the vocals and synth as the driving force of the album. Carter’s vocals and Ty’s synth complement each other fairly well and exemplify this album’s highest points. Bohn’s role here was really a disappointment. He shows no growth as a vocalist, all he presents here is the same barely comprehensible, monotone screams that we’re all too familiar with. Nothing different, nothing new.

Lyrically, this album can be refreshing and strikingly poetic, other times it’s overly cliché and can lack a central idea, or understandable theme. “Never Lose Your Flame” is the best to regard lyrically, with a ton of really fantastic metaphors, all containing the central theme of flames. The worst are all spread out unevenly, but are really obvious in two tracks: “Late” and “Life of a Nine.”

While their intent may be to shake up the genre, Issues lacks the creativity to truly move this industry forward. Issues’ self-titled is something that may seem new and different on the outside, but inside is the same-old song and dance that this genre’s been up to, it’s just singing to a different tune.


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ZachNyeScienceGuy
February 17th 2014



31 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

After hearing "Never Lose Your Flame" I expected to really like this album, so this came as a surprise to even myself. Also, sorry if there are any major technical errors. I'm still new at this.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2014



1653 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"If you put bubblegum, steak and corn in a blender and ate it, it’d probably be what Issues’ sound would taste like."

where do you come up with this?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2014



28445 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

haha i've used a similar phrase in a past review

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2014



28445 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

first para

paradox1216
February 18th 2014



455 Comments


Great review. I actually enjoyed the songs that have been released from this so far (which is saying something because the others were godawful in my eyes), so I think I'll stream this at some point and try to keep an open mind.

Theacademy, I know you give everything 5 but really? a 5 for THIS??

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2014



3442 Comments


Hey, he gave the new Glitch Mob a 2.5! That's variation enough if you ask me

ButteryBiscuitBass
February 18th 2014



9898 Comments


I've got loads of issues, but this review has zero.

Have a POS.

HighandDriving
February 18th 2014



3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Neg

ZachNyeScienceGuy
February 18th 2014



31 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'If you put bubblegum, steak and corn in a blender and ate it, it’d probably be what Issues’ sound would taste like.'

"where do you come up with this?"

I thought of the band's poppy, bubblegum Esq elements, the heavy portions signified the omnipresent, impacting and easily defined taste of steak, and empty, lifeless and tasteless corn.



Azn.
February 18th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

there's an absurd amount of unnecessary analogies here

Dunpeal
February 18th 2014



3656 Comments


is this where metalcore turns the corner?

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VermTheImpaler
February 18th 2014



1360 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Band is so lame

Azn.
February 18th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

no it's where it continues to die but still people continue to like it

SharkTooth
February 18th 2014



4028 Comments


"If you put bubblegum, steak and corn in a blender and ate it, it’d probably be what Issues’ sound would taste like."
This alone deserves a pos

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CuddlyCaucasian
February 18th 2014



5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For some reason, this reads more like a high 2.5 or a low 3, but pos'd. I basically agree with all your points, but the high points (synth and cleans) jump out at me too much to go lower than a 3.5.

The screams and guitar work are incredibly stale though, but Josh Manuel is great on the drums whenever he's allowed to shine. I do think that the high points are at parts of songs when the album is just trying to be poppy or just trying to be metalcore, and those parts have an edge over most of their recent competitors in both genres.



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