From Autumn To Ashes
The Fiction We Live


3.0
good

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
July 31st, 2005 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


From Autumn to Ashes. For a lot of people the band is a love/hate thing, and especially this album (at least that's the impression I get). This is the second full length release by the band, after their debut "Too bad your beautiful".

Some general impressions:
The most noticable thing about this record is that it fits quite well into the 'screamed verse, melodic chorus' department, which got big in the mainstream so to say in the last months/years. This seperation is present on almost all songs. Not on many occasions a chorus or verse is done with both vocal styles, only on three songs or so the screaming is completely dropped ('No Trivia' for example). The screamed parts are ok IMO, and the melodic parts are as well. I can understand though why people don't like the drummer's singing (doing the melodic parts), as his singing voice is very 'whiny' and nasal. On the instrumental side, all band members work as a good unit and compement each other good. But it's not really impressive work (more on that further down).

I once read in an interview that Ben Perrie (the screaming guy) writes about past problems in his songs to "maybe prevent the listener from doing the same mistake with the same bad outcome". That sets it quite straight regarding lyrical content. Relationships, decisions with bad outcomes, all the stuff many people would label with the three-lettered "E" word. For sure not everybodys cup of tea. The mood of the songs is set to something between anger and desperation/suffering.

Good and Bad:
The stuff is musically more or less to the point. Songs like 'The After Dinner Payback' or 'Miligram Smile' go straight forward, simple and effective. A bit of nice variation comes with the use of acoustic guitar in parts of the songs (and in the case of 'The fiction we live' and 'Autumns monologue' on the complete song) and underlining with piano parts.That's only a small part of the whole thing though. The changing of different song parts and paces is nice as well.

But the overall work is very similar on all songs. Especially if you look into what the bass plays. If you know how to play one song, you can play all others to about 95%. The chords and notes are most of the time the same on all songs, only played a bit diffeerently regarding speed etc. The guitar leads fit, but are pretty simple. Nothing really exciting here, rather average work IMO. So don't expect any big suprises or outstanding instrumental work. You'll have to lookm somewhere else for that.

Still, an ok package.

Summary:
Like I said in the first part of the review, this is a more or less love/hate record and band. The ones that don't like it say the band plays uninspired and bad stuff with whiny lyrics. Those who like the band think of the lyrics as filled with emotion they can relate to, acompanied by a fitting instrumental work. Whatever way one wants to see it, they play their stuff ok. No one on this record is overly outstanding in what he does. Neither the instrumentalist nor the singers. But put together they have some good moments,

This is a good catch for people who like to listen to more catchy stuff, and seek something that is a bit harder then their average stuff I guess. Or maybe a nice filler for a few listens every now and then. but for someone seeking oustanding aspects of music, this won't really be the thing. So I guess the record deserves a place in the average rating region.

Final rating: 2.5 - 3/5

Recommended songs:
The After Dinner Payback, Miligram Smile, Alive out of habit




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Rudd13
July 31st 2005


952 Comments


Damrods back for his spot on the 'top 15' list, and this time,

ITS PERSONAL...

Damrod
Moderator
July 31st 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

:lol:



Yeah, for sure. ;)



Seriously, I just have time again to write reviews (and my computer back from repair). This Message Edited On 07.31.05

NEDM
July 31st 2005


1113 Comments


Damrod IS BACK. Layeth teh smackdown!

Damrod
Moderator
July 31st 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not like me writing reviews again after my computer is fixed is a world wonder. A simple "Good review" will do as well if you like it.

Iai
Emeritus
July 31st 2005


3553 Comments


I like how that comment I saw earlier magically went missing. ;)

204409
Emeritus
July 31st 2005


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hahah Damrod has magic modding skillz. That was my version of a PM.

Rudd13
July 31st 2005


952 Comments


quiet, you

Damrod
Moderator
July 31st 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a simple matter of keeping un-necessary fights and possible flaming at bay.



Nothing more, nothing less

Fabz
August 25th 2005


136 Comments


Great review!

This album is ok in my opinion, not as good as a lot people say and not as crappy as a lot of people say. It could be better indeed.

I mean the first four songs are quite good, then come two really average song Second Wrong Makes You Feel Right and Every Reason To. It become a bit better with Autumns Monologue, then a couple of ok and average song, the ending song is not too bad. Well I didn't understand the point of the song Fiction We Live, I mean their is already the same song lasting like 4 minutes that is better with exactly the same lyrics.

I didn't hear other material by FATA, but I'll try soon. Just waiting to see if their new album will be better. Anyway good job for the review.

soldyoursoul
May 27th 2007


54 Comments


Wow this is old.
I'm going to comment anyway.
I like how you described the "mood/feeling" of the album/band, most reviews don't do that.
If this IS your cup of tea, (and it is mine) then I'd say it's a very decent album.
I think they should have tried some variation in song structure, though.

BallsToTheWall
August 16th 2008


48877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is good, the only one overall that i'm a fan. Big fan of Autumn's Monolgue as well.

accompliceofmydeath
June 15th 2010


4685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just listened to this for the first time in a while. Sounds like an awful version of old PTW.

Digging: Excessive Force (CA) - In Your Blood

alachlahol
August 19th 2010


7593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wow, going from a 3 to a 2 this album is not as good as i remember it being six years ago

EuphoricDysphoria81
August 19th 2010


1152 Comments


I'm not writing songs for you.

AbyssalCreation
August 19th 2010


2064 Comments


I'M NOT WRITING SONGS FOR YOU!

EuphoricDysphoria81
August 19th 2010


1152 Comments


Ha ha! Beat you!

alachlahol
August 19th 2010


7593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this shit sucks. still enjoy Holding A Wolf By The Ears though

EuphoricDysphoria81
August 19th 2010


1152 Comments


Holding A Wolf By the Ears is actually a pretty good record. Someone's said it earlier, but their early stuff IS like a poor man's PTW

AbyssalCreation
August 19th 2010


2064 Comments


Curse you Euphoric!

accompliceofmydeath
August 19th 2010


4685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Someone's said it earlier, but their early stuff IS like a poor man's PTW





'twas me!



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