A Breath Before Surfacing
Death Is Swallowed In Victory


3.0
good

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
April 5th, 2010 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another deathcore band making good music but with much more potential than exhibited in this album.

A Breath Before Surfacing is going to draw a lot of comparisons to Job For A Cowboy. They both play in the same genre of music, are from Arizona, and JFAC are mentioned in A Breath Before Surfacing's press materials as a similar band. The odd thing about this is the fact that the bands may look similar on paper but with even one listen, the listener would be able to pick out many differences between the two bands.
Death Is Swallowed In Victory is prototypical deathcore. You'll hear the standard galloping riffs, blast beats, squealing guitars and of course the requisite breakdowns. The songs are technically sound and well played, but tend to blend into each other. I found it difficult to find too much else to say as the band seems to be yet another band with great potential, plagued to the routines of stereotypical deathcore.

Right off the bat, the listener hears a typical deathcore riff, before being thrown straight into the machine gun drumming that is so typical inside the genre. The vocalist however is very talented at what he does. Though his screams are nothing we haven't all heard before, they are crisp and consistant. At about a minute thirty into the first song we hear some very well done guitar work, comparable to that you would hear in protest the hero or between the buried and me. This gave me enough hope to listen to the rest of the album and in hindsight, it wasn't too bad. All instruments are up to par throughout the whole album and the breakdowns are not nearly as obvious and generic as they are in other deathcore bands. The track that really stands out is called "Ray Road" and has a quiet guitar section that can make the whole album worth the purchase. Thankfully it doesen't lead into clean vocals that I was expecting. The guitar solo in this song is very well done and fits the song perfectly.

A short review simply because the album can really be summed up in a few sentences. If one was trying to find a good deathcore band to get into, A Breath Before Surfacing would probably be their best bet.

Recommended tracks:
-Cosmetic Abomination
-Ray Road



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cvlts
April 5th 2010


9506 Comments


I like a lil junjunjun on my life.

ButcheredChildren
April 5th 2010


5590 Comments


this album was by no means impressive AT ALL

Spec
April 6th 2010


35540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I tried to keep an open mind and this album wasn't terrible, but was quite meh. Ray Road is actually a great song though

bloozclooz
April 6th 2010


1770 Comments


so i gave them a listen, pretty boring stuff

landonius
April 13th 2010


70 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think its pretty fun to listen to.

HylianNightmare
May 2nd 2011


72 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this band is the definition of generic

Eulogize
September 1st 2011


2981 Comments


Listened to Trollz. It was really good. Probably will be checking the rest of the album out later.

PlanningMyDeath
August 14th 2012


233 Comments


Ray Road is good.



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