Escape the Fate
This War Is Ours


3.5
great

Review

by xNYx1992 USER (3 Reviews)
April 4th, 2010 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not as bad as people make it out to be....

Escape the Fate

* Craig Mabbitt - lead vocals
* Monte Bryan Money - lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
* Max Green - bass, backing vocals
* Robert Ortiz - drums, percussion

"This War Is Ours" - 2008 - Epitaph


Escape the Fate is a band from Las Vegas, Nevada that formed back in 2004. They fit in the Post-Hardcore genre probably more then any other genre, but they also incorporate some elements of Metalcore into their music too. After a demo and an EP, they released their debut album "Dying Is Your Latest Fashion" back in 2004 and despite mixed reviews, a strong fan base began to follow. "Dying Is Your Latest Fashion" was a big album IMO, they didn't do anything that made it a masterpiece but they brought a refreshing sound to the ever so repetitive genre of Post-Hardcore. The lead singer Ronnie Radke's unique voice and the guitarists using solos was something that you don't find often in Post-Hardcore. However demons plagued ETF in 2007 as they lost Radke the lead singer (we all know the story so I'm not getting into it) and one of their 2 guitarists.


Fast forwarding to 2008 brings me to the Escape the Fate we know today. Consisting of 4 members, Craig Mabbit left Blessthefall to take up vocal duties and Bryan "Monte" Money is still leading as the only guitarist, Max Green is still on bass as is Robert Ortiz on drums. The release of "This War Is Ours" as their 2nd full length received overall hash criticism from fans whose fans base was divided boldly in half with Radke 's departure. Many dislike Craig and want Ronnie back, but that's not happening. Anyway onto the CD:


This War Is Ours" is much more eclectic then "Dying Is Your Latest Fashion" Elements of Post-Hardcore are still present, but so are Pop-Punk, Screamo and even a little bit of Alternative Rock. The album has its moments, no doubt about it. 4 singles have been released with videos for each and I have enjoyed them all. "The Flood" was the lead single and was for a damn good reason, the song rocks and really combines all the elements of the album together. It has a a catchy yet edgy verse, catchy chorus and even what I consider a brutal screaming breakdown in the middle. The title track
"This War Is Ours (The Guillotine Part 2)" was by far the fan favorite as it is the standout track of the album with heavy riffs, screamed vocals and a clean yet catchy chorus. "10 Miles Wide" and "Something" were the other 2 singles and showed a much more radio friendly sound, even though "10 Miles Wide" still delivers some great screams and growls.


The albums flaws are very noticeable too. "Let It Go" didn't do much for me, neither did the opening track "We Won't Back Down". They are not horrible but didn't really bring anything exciting to the album. "On To The Next One" and "It's Just Me" were very different and sounded just weird with horns in the chorus" The new vocalist Craig really has a terrific voice and I'm not gonna compare it to Ronnie's, but, I have a hard time listening to it for more than 5 or 6 songs straight. Sure he can sing and scream great, but it just gets a little repetitive. Also with only Monte on guitar, the band can't do anything too complex, sure the solos are still there but they sound more forced this time around. Both the bass and drums aren't anything spectacular but they get the job done. Seems that everyone in the band is not a legend on their instruments by any means but all can play well and are able to make it work when it all comes together.


Sure the band is a bit sound wounded and diminished down to only 4 members but they used what they could and molded it into a good, yet ultimately forgettable album. I still recommend giving this album a spin if you haven't already as it is still Escape the Fate and it brings something different to the overflowing genres it falls into. It's not as bad as people make it out to be, but is still ultimately forgettable.



Overall about - 3.6/5


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Emim
April 5th 2010


27657 Comments


4.0
excellent

Escape the Fate

4.0
excellent

Escape the Fate












...DOES NOT COMPUTE, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR PARAMETERS.

ohnoestehmusik
April 5th 2010


380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Saying a song sounds weird and that it didn't do much for you, when directly criticizing the song, doesn't do a whole lot for the reader. It's way too vague.





Also, you give this a 4 yet call it ultimately forgettable? That really doesn't make much sense.

Asiatic667
April 5th 2010


4651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually like this album, but your review needs work. You overuse some phrases, and your rating doesn't line up with your critique of the music

YouAreMySilence
April 5th 2010


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

gtfo

Plutonio
April 5th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Just some criticism:



First off, genre names are not proper nouns so they need not be capitalized. They are common nouns.



Second, you misspelled the album name. That's just really irksome.



Third, you contradict yourself several times throught the review.



Fourth, you have so many grammatical and fluency issues, I'm not gonna touch it with a sixty-foot pole.



Fifth, you need to stop commenting on others's opinions for objectivity's sake.



Sixth, never say IMO.



Seventh, you state this album is generic, ultimately forgettable, and you rate it as a 4... why exactly? You say it's worth the listen because its ETF. BTW, Escape The Fate is not eclectic at all. Eclectic means a mash of many styles into a sound uniquely their own. ETF are basically FFTL and IAG rip-offs. None of these three bands bring anything particularly original into the scene of post-hardcore, as there are a crop of these cliche-core bands around nowadays. These Arms Are Snakes is original post-hardcore.

Captain North
April 5th 2010


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You're right, it's not that bad. But it's not that good either.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2010


24372 Comments


ETF is one of my guilty pleasures. This album is fun, and i've seen the band rule live four times. Review isn't too great though

Digging: Deceased - Ghostly White

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 5th 2010


31368 Comments


EL maooo

Crymsonblaze
April 5th 2010


8232 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Review isn't great. Album's not very good either, I like their first one a lot though.

Asiatic667
April 5th 2010


4651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The EP is where it's at

Plutonio
April 5th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The Spirit I am ashamed.

Asiatic667
April 5th 2010


4651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

of what

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2010


24372 Comments


haha yeah Plutonio, i figured someone would be. But hey, we can't be perfect

sniper
April 5th 2010


19075 Comments


My friend listens to this band in his car all the time. Like, ALL the time, I've probably heard it 20 times, and it's not bad. There are some great moments scattered throughout most of their work, but they tend to not know when they've struck gold and end up moving back to more generic territory. Overall, pretty shitty, but it has its moments.

Emim
April 5th 2010


27657 Comments


This must be br00t@l blaq mehtulz

Asiatic667
April 5th 2010


4651 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

liek P.O.D, rite bro?

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 5th 2010


24372 Comments


i suppose that's you being funny?

Emim
April 5th 2010


27657 Comments


POD is teh br00t@l nu mehtulz.

Captain North
April 5th 2010


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think anyone pretends these guys are br00t4l, not even fanboys. They're just a bit of fun.

Douglas
April 5th 2010


9283 Comments


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