Blessthefall
His Last Walk


2.5
average

Review

by atrink USER (74 Reviews)
June 10th, 2009 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just plain average

Screamo has recently infiltrated just about every band nowadays. It’s the newest fad and it's even coming into play with pop-punk bands such as Reliant K and even Green Day. So with this trend infiltrating every inch of the music scene you think that it wouldn’t be all that hard to find a quality “screamo” band. You would probably think that but with the new trend there are a lot of bands out now that set the bar and then there are bands out there that try to just copy another mildly successful band. Well this band is defiantly part of the second group.


Bands Members:
Craig Mabbit: Vocals
Jared Warth: Bass/Vocals
Mike Frisby: Guitar
Eric Lambert: Guitar
Matt Traynor: Drums

This 5 piece band from Phoenix, Arizona is basically a carbon copy of the band Alesana. And I’m not saying that as a compliment. With equally whinny vocals as the guy from Alesana it is pretty tough to get through a full song, let alone the entire 11 tracks.
The album opens up with the screams of ex-vocalist Craig Mabbit with some pretty solid guitar work by Eric Lambert and Mike Frisby. I would have to say that the guitar work is probably the highlight of His Last Walk. You usually get two or three guitar parts in every song with one guitar laying down the rhythm and the other two guitars dueling pretty good harmony throughout the entire album. But that being said the rest of the album is just so…stereotypical post-hardcore that it’s hard to take them seriously. It’s like that take every hardcore cliché out there and wrap it into one single album.

Take for instance the lyrics in the song Black Rose Dying.
“Gouge out your eyes, pull your heart to the floor
With my heart, my skin, my kiss
Stand back, drop to your knees, I'll stand back as you bleed
With my heart, my skin, my kiss”

I’m not saying that that’s what every song is about but that line just made me laugh a little. And also they have that duel screaming that is the newest fad. I mean a lot of bands can pull that off because they have two good screamers. In blessthefall they have one pretty good screamer and then one awful screamer. Bassist’s Jared Warth secondary screams are basically incompressible and it sounds like he’s got something stuck in the back of his throat. And the fact that Jared screams in just about every track doesn’t help out that much to add to the accessibility of the album. And again now that Craig is gone blessthefall is down to one horrible screamer. But not every track on this CD is horrible. They’re second track Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad is really the standout track of the CD. Everything instrument is played above the average. The drums in the chorus have a very nice blast beat showing off that Matt does indeed have some nice drum chops. It’s a very heartfelt song talking about the abuse of a little girl and how they didn’t do anything to stop it. It has, in my mind, a beautiful breakdown before the song explodes again for the last 30 seconds. But other then that track and the closer track this album really doesn’t stand out. The closer track His Last Walk is a good song for about a minute and a half until the song fades out and then turns to a couple of minutes of silence.

I’m not saying that this band is horrible; I’m just saying that they’re so… average. There’s nothing in this album that really stands out and makes you want to listen. When you take this band and compare them with any post-hardcore band they just don’t have that wow factor to pull ahead of the crowd. So if you are just getting into the genre of music this would probably be a good band to get into it.

Recommended Tracks:
Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad
His Last Walk



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Comments:Add a Comment 
shortone323
June 10th 2009


883 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really don't understand the point of this review. Who is calling Relient K and Green Day hardcore? Or even listening to them? That whole intro is just weird, and there is at least one spelling mistake. This is generally awkward both grammatically and explanation wise and tells me next to nothing about the band.



On a side note, I really never liked this band and Craig is a pretty bad vocalist, especially on the new Escape the Fate album.

Undead
June 10th 2009


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

basically a carbon copy of the band Alesana




No.



And also they have that duel screaming that is the newest fad




What?



You make this review sound worse than a 2.5.

marksellsuswallets
June 10th 2009


4851 Comments


Intro paragraph made absolutely no sense.

Douglas
June 10th 2009


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sounds like a 1.5 review

cvlts
June 10th 2009


9504 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

not bad but did u just call relient k and green day "hardcore"?

Douglas
June 10th 2009


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

He sure did.

cvlts
June 10th 2009


9504 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

*sigh*

dont sound elitist...

do not sound elitist...

Douglas
June 10th 2009


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

To be honest, claiming Greenday and Relient K as hardcore deserves a good word bashing.

Undead
June 10th 2009


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he said they are the 'most' hardcore though, so he must really think they are hardcore bands.

gaslightanthem
June 10th 2009


5208 Comments


actually he said they are the most "hardcore"

the "--" are around the hardcore

makes it seem to me that he is kind of mocking the idea of relient k and green day as being hardcore

marksellsuswallets
June 10th 2009


4851 Comments


Oh I get it because like Billie Joe kind of harshly shouted in that one song they're trying to be a hardcore band and they've totally been infiltrated by screamo and stuff well ok that makes a buttload of sense now.

Undead
June 10th 2009


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the "--" are around the hardcore




I know, but the comments before mine left that out, so I had to emphasize the 'most'



Either way, that part should just be taken out completely.

atrink
June 10th 2009


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i wasn't saying that green day or reliant k were hardcore. i was saying that they scream in some of they're songs and i was just saying that they weren't hardcore but they still screamed

there i changed it. hope it makes more sense

gaslightanthem
June 11th 2009


5208 Comments


ok i take back my defense of your former first line

cvlts
June 11th 2009


9504 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

what we had there was a case of when it was best to jus remain silent...

atrink
November 21st 2012


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh my goodness. this review. is there anyway i can delete it? i was so dumb three years ago.

XingKing
November 21st 2012


14194 Comments


The first paragraph alone insults me a trillion times.

atrink
November 21st 2012


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know what i was thinking i was 15. i wasn't the elitist i am now

atrink
November 21st 2012


2852 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no don't give me more negs!!!! I don't mean any of this anymore.

foxblood
November 21st 2012


9480 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

stopped reading after you called this screamo, which was the first word.



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