It Dies Today
Sirens


3.0
good

Review

by loathed USER (9 Reviews)
October 15th, 2006 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It Dies Today comes back with a very catchy and melodic album...questionable, but still a very enjoyable listen.

If anyone has seen my review for this bands last album, The Caitiff Choir...you would know that i have a rather soft spot for this band, no matter how generic or bland they can get. Like what the band description on the front page says..."The group's music is a blend of brutal-riffs and punishing-breakdowns coupled with driving melodies", easily enough for me to check them out. and check them out i did, and i was first treated to their sophomore album, which i thought was really nice and pretty decent. So, is this album any different? are there improvements? has their ability to play "brutal-riffs and punishing breakdowns coupled with driving melodies" got better? or have they "sold-out"? Well, honestly, i wouldnt want to answer that question...simply because i have no idea myself.

The album opens with the melodic and somewhat catchy riff to A Constant Reminder. This song is nothing different from what IDT has done before...thats...until we reach the chorus. "Heres hoping this becomes the soundtrack to your misery, the hook that rips right through your chest...enjoy this constant reminder...". What are the lyrics talking about? Well, i dont have a clue. The tune/melody to this chorus is highly infectious and catchy, and may even seem to be made for heavy MTV play. A port in any storm opens with your typical "brutal, but melodic riff". I gotta admit, as soon as the verse kicked in and Nick sang...I didn't really like it. He sounds abit whiny on the verses. But again, the chorus saves the song. Very melodic chorus found here as well, maybe abit KsE like. But i cant help but feel that the starting two songs of the album has a "poppy" vibe to it...and, you may be thinking..."where the hell are the breakdowns!?".

Well, breakdowns on this album, are mostly gone. I say mostly because you can still find a few here and there, but not as much as in The Caitiff Choir i believe. Most noticeably on Through leaves and over bridges and Sacre Coeur...which features a rather heavy and "punishing" breakdown if you wanna call it that, at the end of the song.

One thing very noticable on this album that is different from the previous is that Nick has cut down on the hardcore screaming, and added in more...singing. Granted, songs like The bacchanal affair, Reignite the fires, Black bile, white lies and the first single Sacre Coeur still has screaming in most parts and you i cant help but feel that the screaming sounds different on this album. It sounds really forced. But one things for sure, he definitely sings alot more on this album. Nick doesnt sound really bad when he sings, but not really very outstanding either. But he does it for me.

The guitar riffs are almost the same as what they have done before. Melodic yet "brutal" riffs. Almost all songs on this album have this same formula of...verse (coupled with melodic, "brutal" riffs with screaming over it) - chorus (melodic singing) - verse - chorus - breakdown/bridge. The guitarists have some skill especially in the riffaging department. Yet again, solos are not abundant here, but can be found most notably on Through leaves and over bridges. You'll be suprised, that solo is not only melodic, but is also that tad bit technical. The drumming is nothing very special, but it drives the band along. Double pedal is very favoured on most songs, along with some interesting beats here and there. The bass? well, lets just say i wouldnt want to talk about it.

Overall, a pretty listenable album from start to finish, but its sad that they added in more melodic and catchy singing, not because its bad, but because people are just going to call them "sell-outs". So, is this album any different? Definitely I'd say. Melodic riffs are still there, breakdowns scattered around the album. This may get some new fans, but at the same time lose some old fans. But heck, i like it. I wont make any recommendations because if you like 1 song on here, youre bound to like the rest. Oh, on another note, the band has shed their "emo-goth" like look. Good or bad? (Both album and image) You judge...



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loathed
October 15th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Before this gets deleted, i'd like to say this came out today for me.

Comments??This Message Edited On 10.15.06

Drunken Viking
October 15th 2006


1023 Comments


You have to go by the American date.

loathed
October 15th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I do? Why then do people review by European release dates? =/

Drunken Viking
October 15th 2006


1023 Comments


They've been cracking down on that lately, now from what I remember to make everything easier they are going by the American release date.

Cairnexus
October 16th 2006


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I still like this album but not as much as their previous ones. If you listen to there EP Forever Scorned and The Caitiff Choir it doesn't quite add when you hear Sirens. So yes, they are sell-outs. Sirens is still a pretty solid release and I will still enjoy it.

P.S Pretty good Review

Thor
October 22nd 2006


10191 Comments


Their last album was incredibly mediocre, so I don't think I'll be checking this out.

Good review, though.

UNDERAGE
October 24th 2006


29 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review, horrible album/band.

labonza01
October 25th 2006


546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i wanna check this out cause i love their older stuff. i dont know though. great review.

CushMG15
October 25th 2006


1802 Comments


I rather enjoy The Caitiff Choir, but the tracks I've heard off this did not do it for me. Seems to me as tho they've become a fair amount more generic. And they weren't exactly ground-breaking before. But alas, I'll probably still end up with this, one way or another.

aresx
October 25th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i love this album, but Caitiff Choir was still better.


good review

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Pebster49
October 28th 2006


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album was good but like everyone else said not as good as Caitiff Choir...this album just didn't have the spunk they had last album



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