Beecher
Breaking the Fourth Wall


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (93 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2014 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Boasting exceptional technical musicianship and hard hitting screams, Breaking the Fourth Wall is a gem that shouldn't be overlooked by lovers of hardcore/metalcore music.

Unfortunately, Beecher exists as yet another undiscovered talent that boats undeniable charisma and uses their influences with grace. The more the listener delves into Beecher’s Breaking the Fourth Wall, the more the Converge influence will begin to show. Even though this band’s music may not prove to be entirely original, they have a way of using their Converge esque sound to their advantage by means of jaw dropping intensity, hard hitting screams, exceptional musicianship and an overall talent that proves to be quite close to their essential counterpart. Blending hardcore, metalcore, post metal and progressive metal, Breaking the Fourth Wall exists as a must listen for lovers of this kind of music as it deserves plenty of undivided attention.

The beginning tracks, “Let Them Drown” and “Dead for Weeks,” reveal the technical goodness of Beecher and both of their intensities give this section of the record the worthy title of a one-two punch. The screams are charismatic, the guitar and bass riffs shred endlessly and the time signatures are hard to keep up with. Without a doubt the band’s overall charisma shines through in these songs alone and their talent never stops throughout most of the record. These exceptional positives continue well until the second half of the record. However, “Burning Surface” takes things down a notch with providing a quick moment for the listener and the record as well to breath with it slowing churning, atmospheric intro with the addition of adding cleans into the mix too. However, the post metal esque build up breaks into the intensity that the listener as come to know from the start. The song exists as a notably slower one on the record and definitely could be called a highlight for this unknown gem.

Other highlights include “The Only One I Know” and “Ladder Theory” with both of them being quite different compared side to side. The former kicks off with an explosive intro filled with exemplary blast beats, memorable guitar riffs and fantastic vocals throughout. The slower sections of the track also give the record a taste of slower more emotionally driven section not often seen on Breaking the Fourth Wall which is a nice change of pace. The latter, which also happens to be the album’s epic closing track, once again takes things down a notch with a beautiful and epic build up to the more typical style of the record. In this build up, the guitar riffs prove to actually be quite beautiful and the bass work also exists as an awesome trait. The beauty quickly ends though when the song explodes into a fiery pit of complex time signatures and some of the record’s best vocals.

Aside from all of the positives exhibited here, the first half of the record demands some more variety because “Arrow Flies” and “Mercury Switch” don’t accomplish anything drastically different compared to their far superior previous three songs despite them both being well done songs when listened to alone. In addition to this, “Floating Point” exists as a somewhat annoying interlude with a first half that showcases cool drumming, but it sinks into a wall of sounds that could easily be straight out of an old video game. It’s safe to say that this track could have easily been excluded from the record altogether and “Mercury Switch” would flow into “The Only One I Know” quite well.

All gripes aside, Breaking the Fourth Wall is a testament of how fantastic and talented undiscovered bands could actually be. Their technical musicianship happens to be quite impressive and they use their undeniable Converge influence to their advantage while at the same time not completely ripping them off and making an album of their very own. Big fans of Converge or quite frankly, anyone who has a passion for harsher music as a whole will without a doubt fall in love with Beecher’s Breaking the Fourth Wall.



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stepped a bit out of my comfort zone here to give these guys a review. My first hardcore/metalcore review so any critiques would be awesome guys.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


50951 Comments


Damn you got to 87 fast

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey what can I say I like music man.

adr
October 22nd 2014


3489 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review as usual, great album and great user agreed 123/5.

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CaptainDooRight
October 22nd 2014


30333 Comments


Heard two tracks. Not really my thing but the guitars were pretty good. Good rev.

Mort.
October 22nd 2014


4048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is pretty sweet. these guys really influenced architects on their first album

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Mort.
October 22nd 2014


4048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah i tried writing a review for this and failed horribly, but you did this justice, really good review man

JokineAugustus
October 22nd 2014


6543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally a review for this

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


21792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah

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AaronIsCrunchy
October 22nd 2014


859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome that you decided to review this, and a great job you've done Album rules HARD, thanks JokineAugustus for bringing this one up x1000.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. And yea this was a tough one to write about.

wacknizzle
October 22nd 2014


13670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet, so glad this finally got a review. Album rules so hard. Nice job Mongi

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea it's so great The Only One I Know is amazing.

tcat84
October 22nd 2014


886 Comments


This elegy is my favorite by them but this is still damn good.... a shame they dissolved so quickly

Ecnalzen
October 22nd 2014


6818 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

IT FINALLY HAS A REVIEW.

It's just... it's breathtaking.

XingKing
October 22nd 2014


11069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How did this not have a review before?

Ecnalzen
October 22nd 2014


6818 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't know, but it made me sad.

Mort.
October 22nd 2014


4048 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

has shit all votes and a difficult sound to describe i guess




Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


11769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The way you guys...and me are that matter...gush about this you'd think a lot more people would know about it right?

AaronIsCrunchy
October 22nd 2014


859 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hopefully this review will go some to giving it some well-deserved recognition then.



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