Departures
Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brett Tharp STAFF
July 31st, 2016 | 136 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: We've been through this a thousand times, and I'm not tired yet.

It comes with the territory that melodic hardcore rarely wants to make us move so much as it wants to make us feel, but equally rarely is that exemplified so well as it is with Departures’ Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love. There are plenty Counterparts out there of course, bands that prefer to strike a balance between aggression and vulnerability, but next to them Departures’ intensely melodic sound is a relief. Their debut, When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted, held a little truer to their hardcore foundation, but Death Touches Us… sways to middling tempos more than it hurdles through greater ones. At heart it’s a poignant display of the emotional depth melodic hardcore can reach, even if it tamps down the hardcore part in the process.

Death Touches Us… doesn’t have the most varied songwriting (with the exception of instrumental centerpiece “Set Adrift”, every song does the same general set of things), but it also doesn’t need to. It’s a neat collection of tracks that mostly don’t reach beyond or below the two to four minute range, nor does the album crest far past the thirty minute mark. Sure, a little more variety wouldn’t hurt, but these songs are engaging enough to keep from blending together too much. As its mission is to convey deep emotion, it’s integral that these songs succeed. And they do. There isn’t a track you could point to that drops the ball on being an affecting slab of melodic punk, from the pop punk meets utter misery that is “The Last Dance” to climactic closer “Memorial”. Hell, the sound often sounds so melodic and easy on the ears that it comes off more as an amalgam of emo, indie rock, and post rock than anything spawned from hardcore. That being said, the ragged, ever present screams on top keeps it firmly rooted in aggressive music. These vocals carry the emotions of Death Touches Us… forward without even thinking of stopping, desperate delivery as integral as the heartfelt words of dissolving relationships, tragedy, and fading memories are.

Death Touches Us… wants to be poignant, affecting to the greatest degree, and there’s no doubt it succeeds in this. Every second of its short runtime is almost hobbled by the weight of despair, a despair that could tear down anyone. But it continues on. Maybe with a little driving hope in the back of its mind, maybe just because it doesn’t know what else to do, but it keeps going. Self-pity and a penchant for wallowing in one’s misfortune aside, that’s an admirable thing indeed.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


10125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ayyyyy

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


55225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.6

Album is very depressing



I was going to review but I couldn't find the words

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


10125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it was pretty hard for me but i guess i found something in it to talk about

TheBarber
July 31st 2016


3519 Comments


cute!

Pho3nix
July 31st 2016


325 Comments


Reminds me of that 'Brand New' album cover

MarsKid
July 31st 2016


5272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When Losing Everything... is still better in my opinion, but this album is solid without a doubt.

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elcrawfodor
July 31st 2016


1264 Comments


@Pho3nix my first thought too

SteakByrnes
July 31st 2016


3726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review as usual, I've been meaning to check this out

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trackbytrackreviews
July 31st 2016


3315 Comments


This is most pretentious title I've seen since the last 1975 album

Futures
July 31st 2016


9121 Comments


"pretentious"

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MarsKid
July 31st 2016


5272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not sure I'm with you there.

wwf
July 31st 2016


5536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

judging from the massively melodramatic album title and the average, I'm gonna dig the fuck out of this

CaimanJesus
July 31st 2016


2713 Comments


Definitely gonna pick this up when I get the chance, love these guys

SnakeDelilah
July 31st 2016


19751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're right tbt all album titles should be as simple as shit like sing the sorrow so that nobody gets confused

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FullOfSounds
July 31st 2016


15461 Comments


The cover reminds me too much of The Devil and God

Futures
July 31st 2016


9121 Comments


people keep saying that but it makes no sense tbh. it has a little kid and a wall that's all the similarity

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2016


15720 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review reads like a hard 2.5, really seems like there's nothing special about this.

Ocean of Noise
July 31st 2016


9683 Comments


people keep saying that but it makes no sense tbh. it has a little kid and a wall that's all the similarity


There's a kid up against a wall. The wall has a similar texture to the wall on the TDAG cover. The kid looks like he's hiding from something, just like the TDAG cover. There's a mysterious figure in the background, just like on the TDAG cover.

Are you honestly telling me you don't see the similarities?

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LewisShaw
July 31st 2016


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeh there are similarities but some people are saying this artwork is a copy (even though it's a photo from 1980)

LaughingSkull
July 31st 2016


513 Comments


confused this album cover for Brand New for a moment



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