Volumes
No Sleep


3.0
good

Review

by Mark A. USER (58 Reviews)
July 18th, 2014 | 60 replies


Release Date: 07/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With a bit more experience, Volumes will transition into one of the better modern melodic metalcore bands that will stand out amongst the horde.

No Sleep is somewhat of a perturbing listen. While Volumes hasn't been around for a long period of time, the sound solidified on their past two releases has been the technical metalcore genre, which can be incredibly one-dimensional. This album marks the beginning of the band attempting to embrace more dynamic influences, resulting in a somewhat startling listen for people that were previously acquainted with the band. Instead of ten tracks of endless chugging and a largely monotonous sound, No Sleep boasts a good amount of atmosphere and melody injected into the affair. It's certainly all the better for it, as the soaring cleans are strong enough to hold their own against the brutal screams that they are often matched up with. However, this isn't the biggest transition in terms of Volumes' sound; third track "Erased" starts out with gentle, melodic guitars that build up to a frenzied breakdown that still doesn't completely lose sight of the melody that began the song. It's quite surprising that the djent guitar tone used liberally in the past doesn't overtake the small atmospheric choices that the band has made on this album, and they have obviously opted for a much natural songwriting structure. Rather than juxtaposing endless breakdowns each song with misplaced-sounding clean choruses, the band simply slows down for effect when necessary and allows the heavier sections to be much more cathartic than on past releases.

Of course, this isn't to say that this record is without its flaws, with some of them being very apparent. This is absolutely a stepping stone for the band to try out different avenues, and many of these songs still run together. The two interludes ("Better Half", "Peace of Mind") present on here do a great job of keeping the atmosphere running through much of No Sleep, but generic breakdowns are still the main issue of the album. Songs like "91367" and "The Mixture" are run-of-the-mill tech metalcore that won't do much besides incite a decent-sized mosh pit in a live concert situation, and proves that Volumes are still fighting an internal desire to deliver what past fans are used to. In addition to the problematic stagnancy that some songs possess, there is also another glaring issue present: the lyrics. Most are laughable at best, and for No Sleep to be at all enjoyable for listeners, they almost need to be purposefully ignored. The immature rantings on "Pistol Play" make the song almost painful to listen to, and this problem rears its ugly head quite a few times throughout the album.


Melody is certainly the saving grace of this album, especially given the fact that Volumes aren't afraid of sustained passages of ethereal guitars and clean vocals. The band has proven on tracks like "Erased" and "Across the Bed" that they can naturally bridge their brand of heaviness with catchy choruses and minimalistic atmosphere. With a bit more experience under their belt, it can be assumed from No Sleep that they will transition into one of the modern melodic metalcore bands that will stand out amongst the horde.



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thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I keep waffling between a 3 and 3.5. It grew off a little while writing this review, however. Let me know how I did on this one, I am trying to continue down the path of short but informative reviews.

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ExplosiveOranges
July 18th 2014


3904 Comments


Honestly, I never really cared for this band. Good review, though. Pos'd.

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thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, understandable man. I dig their new direction, but it's still too much of the same to be considered really great stuff. Have you heard any of this album?

ExplosiveOranges
July 18th 2014


3904 Comments


Nah, I've heard a couple songs from their older stuff, but I was pretty unimpressed. If it's really worth it, I might check this one out.

thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Just check "Erased" or "Across the Bed". You may dig those; the whole album may not be worth a listen if you didn't dig their older stuff. They're definitely still in a transitional phase.

ExplosiveOranges
July 18th 2014


3904 Comments


Eh, Carnifex bored the shit out of me with their first couple albums, but I really dug Die Without Hope. It might be the same with these guys.

thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's possible, although the influences that these guys are adding in are much more melodic than Carnifex. I think you might dig though.


ExplosiveOranges
July 18th 2014


3904 Comments


I'll give it a spin.

thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Sweet, just don't hate me if you don't dig it haha.

TooLateToGoBack
July 18th 2014


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review.

pos'd.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2014


6565 Comments


Congrats on the feature!

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beachdude
July 18th 2014


414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Congrats on the feature... did anyone hear about these guys potentially getting kicked off Warped yet? Not sure if the news has broken yet.

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Spec
July 18th 2014


27298 Comments


I've been bumping this album a lot actually.

thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys! :] first feature ever! Spec, it's been the only thing I've listened to the past few days, which isn't normal for me.

thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

And beach, I hadn't heard about that. What happened?

thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Haha wtf? Those are very different things, I like how the band has two possible reasons for getting kicked off the tour.

RondoToKG
July 18th 2014


44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They got kicked off Warped for just a day, not the whole tour. They're being punished for something
one of them did. Nobody knows what it was.

RiffOClock
July 18th 2014


1051 Comments


perTURDing*

fixed

thelastsignal
July 18th 2014


1635 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

That makes a bit more sense, Rondo; I thought being kicked off the whole tour was a bit much.

Lol thanks Riff, edited.

climactic
July 18th 2014


19983 Comments


groovin to those grooves ignoring them risecore vocals

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