Fear Before
A Little Less Teeth



by bustyagunz USER (30 Reviews)
September 17th, 2008 | 7 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unless you're a die hard Fear Before fan, it's best not to spend your money on this.

Fear Before the March of FlamesA Little Less Teeth

Preceding the removal of “the March of Flames” from Fear Before’s name was A Little Less Teeth; an EP clocking in at around 21-minutes that is split between live performances and original demos of some newer tracks. Having only recently begun delving into the mathcore/experimental/post-hardcore band’s regular discography, I thought listening to a few live performances and some songs that provided the structure for more polished versions would be interesting to say the least, and would cement in me the right to call myself a Fear Before fan.

The album begins with three live performances, two of which are from The Always Open Mouth, and the third from the band’s upcoming self-titled release. The first track is Mouth, arguably the band’s most popular song. Surprisingly, the vocals are louder and clearer than the album release, but not to the point where they drown out the instrumentals. They did a pretty flawless job, but the same can’t be said for High as a Horse, as the guitar occasionally muddles the vocals. All I can say about Epic Song (to be renamed Review Our Lives on the self-titled album) is it brings back some of the heavier hardcore elements that saturate the group’s earlier releases. While vocals aren’t exactly abundant with a prolonged instrumental period (in comparison to the song’s length) situated in the middle of the song, a majority of the vocals are screams, with some harsh yelling thrown in at the end. After this section, I was left yearning for more, and felt that these three tracks were rather uninspired. That isn’t exactly the case, as it is more the song selection that bugged me. I expected a lot of heavy because it was a live performance, which in turn would bring out a great deal of emotion that these few songs are somewhat lacking.

The three demos aren’t mind-blowing either. They were taken from two of the band’s studio albums, and 237 was picked from the Master’s of Horror compilation. The production is expectedly raw, but is overall poor as well. Should Have Stayed in the Shallows is by far the most solid, effectively mixing short and speedy riffs with mass amounts of chaotic screaming. It epitomizes the band’s old, mindfully disorganized and hectic style of music. The Absolute Future Absolute Past combination wasn’t impressive at all, with unpleasant singing and the cluttered keys near the end ruining any hope of a decent closing track.

A Little Less Teeth is just barely satisfying. It has a few moments of brilliance, but they are ultimately dominated by a fair share of plain average moments. It also jumps between being a demo compilation and a live EP, and being too short in both categories for either category, it is lacking greatly. Proving to simply be a gift for fans between releases, it is very difficult to recommend this to listeners new to the band. If you love Fear Before, there’s no harm in picking this up. If not, go grab one of their full-length albums.

Score: 2.75/5

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September 17th 2008


Album Rating: 2.5

Good review.

I dl'd this just for 237 and Should Have Stayed in the Shallows (Original Demo).

Both which I enjoyed plus I'm a sucker for demo versions of my favourite songs.

September 17th 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

i like the absolute future/past demo, kinda eerie.

September 17th 2008


The Always Open Mouth was creepy as a whole, but that's what made it so awesome.

December 25th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

i didnt like this review basically because whoever wrote it doesnt really know what there talking about. there is NOTHING wrong with that, but i think the writers expectations were a little off. "live" in this case doesnt mean live at a concert. whens the last time you heard a concert recording of a band straight from the soundboard with no ambient crowd noise??

in this case, live means in a studio, but the catch is everyone is playing at once, theres no over tracking or multiple takes on a song. you just play it through with everyone playing at once, often in the same room. so of course the emotion is gonna be different.

i think this review coulda been written alot more acurately if they had made that distinction.

December 26th 2008


Album Rating: 3.0

i prolly screwed up cuz it says live @. and thought it was a venue. mahh bad.

August 21st 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

237 is really the only thing on this worth listening to.

they should of put it on their last record or just released it as a single

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June 13th 2016


Favorite release from these guys. Especially love the the CJLO sessions. They feel more real than the tracks on the always open mouth. I'm probably in the minority here, but I think that Absolute Future, Absolute Past is a masterpiece. It's haunting & beautiful.

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