My Epic
I Am Undone


4.5
superb

Review

by LiveForMusic USER (6 Reviews)
March 1st, 2009 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


My Epic. That's an awesome name, and honestly, the awesome name was why I blindly picked this up. I went into this having no idea what to expect from the CD. Honestly I was expecting some sort of death metal album, like a weaker version of Traced in Air. However, upon tossing this in my CD player I found something different. What I found can only be described as, well, the band's name: Epic.

The Cd starts beautifully, with “Prologue” which is a calm song that builds into a wonderful climax with violins, and the haunting sound of voices singing “Maybe”. It’s hard to describe, as this song didn’t “work” for me the first time. It’d didn’t sound right the second or third listen, but now it seems like the perfect prelude to the CD.

Vocalist Aaron (I don’t know his last name) has a voice that ranges from a quiet and pained murmur, to an emotional wail that blows you away no matter how many times you hear it. His voice conveys emotion so well, I would say it rivals vocalists like Aaron Weiss and Jesse Lacey. It’s that intense. I don’t know who does the back up vocals (Or maybe Aaron does those as well), but they are place perfectly, making gorgeous harmonies in just the right places, but they never sound forced and they are never over done. I have no complaints with the vocals here. They are just, well, Epic.

Everything on this CD just works, even if you don’t notice it the first time. Yes, this CD requires multiple listens. It’s good on the first spin, but as you hear it, it only becomes more powerful and stunning. It’s hard to pin point one spot in particular that stood out to me, but as far as instruments go, the outro of “The Lover and the Thief” stands out as one of my favorite moments on the CD. The gorgeous violin complements the guitar perfectly, and while a violin playing along with guitars isn’t exactly a new idea, My Epic made them sound so wonderful, that next time you hear Viva la Vida you will roll your eyes knowing that My Epic did it so much better. If you couldn’t get enough of that outro, you are in luck, because it rolls nicely into “Perelandra”, an instrumental track that is just great, and if fits perfectly in the middle of the CD.

Like I said before, I can’t pick out individual parts of I am Undone that I especially like, and it’s because of the instruments. My Epic seems to refuse to let any part of this album falter in the slightest. Every guitar part is played with passion and energy, and I know that if anyone else had played some of the somewhat weaker riffs, they would have come off as boring. The guitar is perfect, and whoever plays it, Jesse, I think, is clearly very talented and he is quite creative. Drums, while never technically impressive, fit perfectly and they refuse to fall behind the guitars.

This album didn’t really click until I got to “You Know We All Love You”. Wow. This song is worth buying the CD for. It’s an emotional trip that ends in a group yell, no, roar. It’s over before you know it; just see if you can resist pressing repeat, but then I could say that for every song on this CD. My Epic has crafted an album filled with songs that are all accessible, but all contain something new that you my not even notice until the 4th or 5th listen.

Lyrically, this CD is just as strong, although some of the more openly Christian lyrics may turn off non believers, they do a fairly good job of being meaningful to both groups of people, save for a few songs. It’s clear that every lyric was carefully put together to make songs that perfectly portray the emotions going on in the instruments. It works perfectly. My favorite lyric from I am Undone:

“Maybe all our lives are founded in the moments that escape our eyes
And prudent hearts will find that there is beauty in the mysteries of life”


This was a difficult review to write, so I apologize if it is a bit shaky, but this is a CD that you must hear. I do feel like by reading this review you will miss out on some of the element of surprise that this CD held for me. Still, I urge you to find this CD, download it, whatever; you need to hear I Am Undone.

Recommended Tracks:
The Oil Press
The Lover and the Thief
You Know We All Love You
Men In Little Houses



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Comments:Add a Comment 
VicariousIntent
March 1st 2009


1626 Comments


I still like this album and review and am glad it was reposted. I restate: good work on this. More people need to listen to this record.

ShatteredSoul
March 5th 2009


110 Comments


Love 'The Oil Press'.

LiveForMusic
March 7th 2009


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Vicarious, and I agree, more people need to hear this album. The more I hear it, the more I love it.

3eb23
April 3rd 2009


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really a phenomenal album. Just thought I'd let you know though that Aaron is the one who plays guitar. Yes, even live he pulls off all these riffs while singing. It's really incredible to witness.

gaslightanthem
April 20th 2009


5208 Comments


this is moving in a way that i really didn't expect

botb
August 7th 2009


12670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album changed my life. im gonna write a review for it soon.

LiveForMusic
August 15th 2009


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow looking back this review kind of sucks

LiveForMusic
August 15th 2009


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wait lol all my reviews suck

accompliceofmydeath
September 11th 2009


4728 Comments


This was good, though I don't seem to grab a hold of it as much as you guys.

Digging: Venom Prison - Samsara

botb
September 11th 2009


12670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

singer's name is Aaron Stone, btw, backup vocals are done by Jesse Stone, the drummer and Aaron's brother. Jeremiah the bassist does backup vocals occasionally and does a verse on the last song.

botb
September 11th 2009


12670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

also, this is the most under-rated, unheard album on sputnik.

accompliceofmydeath
September 11th 2009


4728 Comments


This does seem like it would get a high sputnik approval rating. Spread the word bringon!

Scatterbrain
September 11th 2009


62 Comments


wait, christian influences? I'm a sucker for this sort of thing, might check it out.

your review makes it sound like viva la vida but better. would that be right? :p

accompliceofmydeath
September 11th 2009


4728 Comments


I've never listened to viva la vida but, I would guess no. More of a post-hardcore/As Cities Burn type edge to it.

Scatterbrain
September 11th 2009


62 Comments


now that, I like. probably gonna get this now.

accompliceofmydeath
September 11th 2009


4728 Comments


It's recommendable for sure.

TheAbstruseMeaning
October 20th 2009


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really enjoyed this so far. It's taking time to fully sink in for me though. I bought after reading this review

ziroth
November 12th 2009


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is so criminally underplayed (30k plays on last.fm omgomg). /cry this is like so close to being my favorite album period.

March_Of_Sand
November 27th 2009


784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just arrived in the mail today. Listening to it right now.

sassysista
January 1st 2010


43 Comments


I've had this forever, only gave the first 3 songs a listen and stopped because everything mushed into everything else and I couldn't pick anything out. but these seems like something I'd adore beyond comprehension, so I'll try it again. and then again.



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