36 Crazyfists
Rest Inside the Flames


4.5
superb

Review

by Dan Smith USER (74 Reviews)
August 4th, 2006 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


"BETWEEN THE SEASONS WE FIND ROOM!!!"

Such is the greeting one is met with as "I'll Go Until My Heart Stops" blasts its merry way out of the speakers with full-throated fury, signalling the beginning of 36 Crazyfists' best work to date, Rest Inside The Flames. It grabs the listener's attention, and doesn't let go until the last lilting chords of "The City Ignites" have rung out and faded away.

36CF have always been consistantly excellent in their musical output, but this album easily eclipses all their previous work. Steve Holt's inventive guitarwork has become more varied without ever reaching the realms of pointless showboating, Mick Whitney's basslines are as tasteful as ever (if often rendered inaudible by the guitar), and Thomas Noonan's frantic drumming has become even more so, with interesting beats being smattered with crazy fills to perfection. However, the jewel in 36CF's crown is the distinctive vocal style of Brock Lindow. If you happen to have read my review of their first album "Bitterness The Star," you'll know that I view him as being one of the best vocalists around, and this hasn't changed a bit. As expected, he acquits himself well, decorating his soaring vocal melodies with his unique warbling vocal technique (if you're not familiar with this, it can only be described as changing the pronunciation of several words, and using a sort of "gargling" sound; it's probably a love it or hate it style, but I think it works very well), and doesn't shy away from the occasional throat-ripping scream either. It's the combination of the frenetic instrumental work and Brock's unique vocal style that sets 36CF apart from their contemporaries, and makes them such a thrilling prospect.

However, it is rather difficult to pigeonhole the band into one particular genre. Sure, their songs all revolve metal in the most general sense, but the variation on the theme is immense. Opener "I'll Go Until My Heart Stops" is a scream heavy, riff driven song, with a breakdown section, which on the whole, veers towards the thrashier end of metalcore, but then the band immediately throw a curveball with the second track, "Felt Through A Phone Line" which, with its soaring melodies, subdued intro, and depressing lyrical tack, could almost be called emo (although a hell of a lot more interesting and original than most emo music!).

"On Any Given Night" begins with a simple but catchy guitar riff over some offbeat drumming before cutting into what is essentially a metal-influenced rock song, with Brock's vocal melodies getting more and more catchy as the song progresses. The general feels of these first three tracks are combined with even more varied riffing and consistantly amazing vocal work on later tracks such as "Midnight Swim" and "Aurora", but with distinctive enough tunes that no song ever fades into another. Further variety is brought in with "The Great Descent," where Steve Holt gets to flex his effects muscles a little, over the top of a laid back and spaced out song (albeit with a few crushing moments of heaviness thrown in here and there).

There are two appearances of guest vocalists, the first and most notable being that of Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage fame, adding his deep growl and high pitched singing to the bowel-quaking heaviness of "Elysium". Later on, Jonah Jenkins (who has apparently been part of several influential melodic metalcore bands, the only one of which I am familiar with being Only Living Witness) lays down some vocals on "We Cannot Deny". Here's the thing though... With a vocalist as versatile as Brock Lindow present, these other vocalists, good as they are, sound positively weak and boring in comparison. I find myself waiting for the moment that Brock joins them for a vocal harmony, or takes over for a few lines. Despite this, it can't take away from the fact that these are solid and catchy songs, and not anything you'd want to skip past.

As with most albums, there are the odd couple of tracks that don't quite jump out at you like the rest, and for me, these are "Will Pull This In By Hand" and "Between The Anchor And The Air". That's not to say they aren't great songs, but they're the least memorable of an amazing bunch.

The album is rounded off with an acoustic reworking of "Midnight Swim," re-titled "The City Ignites". However, this re-titling is justified, as the low subdued rattle of Brock's vocals and the beautiful descending lines of picked acoustic guitar give a whole new mood to the song, and end the album perfectly.


Essentially, 36 Crazyfists have distilled the myriad of styles they've previously dealt in, and streamlined them into one amazing beast of an album. As heartfelt as it is heavy, and melodic as it is mindblowing, Rest Inside The Flames is an essential listen for anyone into melodic rock or metal who wants something a little different.


THE VERDICT ---> 4.5/5


Recommended Tracks:
"I'll Go Until My Heart Stops"
"Felt Through A Phone Line"
"On Any Given Night"
"Midnight Swim"
"The City Ignites"



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spoon_of_grimbo
August 4th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

feedback/comments/opinions anyone? there was quite a large discussion about this album in the review for "snow capped romance," surely at least a few of you have heard this?

south_of_heaven 11
August 4th 2006


5438 Comments


Good review, but I can't stand this band. Meh....

f_u_c_t
August 4th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4.5/5, thats a pretty good rating. Im def. going to pick this up. so what do you prefer SCR or this?

spoon_of_grimbo
August 5th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i prefer this to SCR, mostly because the guitarwork is a lot more interesting. however, i did listen to SCR endlessly when it first came out, so overplaying may have dulled its impact a bit for me.

either way, if you liked SCR you'll most probably like this.

loathed
August 5th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, i remember the first time i heard about 36CR was on mtv, one of their singles from the other album was playing, my TV was on mute then, so i couldnt hear the song, but i saw the video, somewhat a cartoon, ninja type of video. so i lost interest and never gave this band a listen until now.

The title track is pretty good, and so is the second song. I like how the vocalist screams.

gaslight
August 5th 2006


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I quite like this album, I've been a fan of 36 Crazyfists for a while now and this is pretty much what I expected they would put out.

f_u_c_t
August 5th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoa whoa, doesn't Howard Jones (KsE) appear in this album?

loathed
August 5th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=f_u_c_t]whoa whoa, doesn't Howard Jones (KsE) appear in this album?[/quote]

Yes, he sings/screams on track 4.

im 3/4 through this album now. Pretty good...its going to get a 4 from me. again, i love brock's screamed vocals.

f_u_c_t
August 5th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ thats good news then.

spoon_of_grimbo
August 5th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think the screams have improved tenfold from before. he's always been a great melodic vocalist, but the screams have really developed. pretty much the best vocalist about at the minute, at the very least the most original.

spoon_of_grimbo
August 5th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and WOOOOOO, 30th review!!!!

f_u_c_t
August 5th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think the screams have improved tenfold from before. he's always been a great melodic vocalist, but the screams have really developed. pretty much the best vocalist about at the minute, at the very least the most original.

well i can honestly say that you made me want this album any more than i already have. And happy 30th.


spoon_of_grimbo
August 7th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man. just found out this is my first ever featured review, so i think a hearty "fu-ck yeah!!!" is in order!

ToWhatEnd
August 7th 2006


3172 Comments


Sweet stuff, I have to check these guys out. Congrats on the 30th, I just had mine a few days ago as well!

starrats100
August 8th 2006


21 Comments


I checked out some of the tracks on this album. What I've heard is good, I might get this.

spoon_of_grimbo
August 8th 2006


2241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey mudvanian, i love bloodwork too, but most tracks on this album outdo it by quite a way, so yeah, its definitely worth checking out.

i'm thinking the next single (if there is one) should be either "on any given night" or "midnight swim."

davestar
August 9th 2006


2 Comments


"i think the screams have improved tenfold from before. he's always been a great melodic vocalist, but the screams have really developed. pretty much the best vocalist about at the minute, at the very least the most original."

good review - much more professional than the tiresome song-by-song reviews.

i don't know about Brock being the most original vocalist around. i think he owes a lot to Daryl of Glassjaw. i've heard a couple of people comment that his warbly style reminds them of Alien Ant Farm as well.

Two-Headed Boy
August 9th 2006


4527 Comments


What's burning this time on a metalcore album cover?

CushMG15
August 9th 2006


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very good review man. I love this band.

But one question, does anyone know when the fawk the album comes out in the States? I've been waiting forever.

f_u_c_t
August 9th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im pretty sure its already out



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