This or the Apocalypse
Haunt What's Left


4.0
excellent

Review

by MrSenior USER (3 Reviews)
July 11th, 2010 | 153 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This or the Apocalypse compose a surprisingly good album that is worth listening to, even for metalcore skeptics.

Dear Metalcore community,

You have taken many punches from a multitude of sources on your current state. Bands like Converge and Shai Hulud helped pioneer the genre; then, artists like Poison the Well and Killswitch Engage helped bring metalcore into the forefront of the heavy music community. While both bands utilized occasional breakdowns, they were used to augment the mood of the music, rather than creating a song solely for the purpose of a "brutal breakdown". Most bands springing up in the late 2000s employed the breakdown-heavy formula, some with success; however, a majority found the music to be a stale substitute for what was originally such a quality genre. This begs the question: can a modern metalcore album employ quality songs instead of merely excuses for the breakdown"

Enter exhibit A: This or the Apocalypse's Haunt What's Left. Sounding at times like a mix of August Burns Red and early KSE, with a helping of djent, the album should serve as an example for what metalcore can do, even when it wants to employ breakdowns and melody. Utilizing fantastic fretwork certainly helps. "Charmer" roars out of the gate with a catchy riff and a nice groove, only to stutter with one of the more boring breakdowns in the album. Listening to "Subverse", I dare you to not get the chorus stuck in your head. The beauty in this hook is in how it avoids the pitfall many modern metalcore singers fall into: it doesn't sound like a whiny, poppy chorus thrown in the middle of an otherwise heavy song. While shifting from heavy to light can be a good thing, listening to a hook that matches the tone of the rest of the song is certainly a welcome idea. The rest of the album follows suit, with solid leads aplenty. As far as the breakdowns go, the band utilize two key elements to spice them up from the standard "chug-chug". First, many include the aforementioned leads. Gasp! Who'd have thought to use anything but open-note chugs in a breakdown" Also, most utilize off-beat chugs on the bottom end, instead of steady-beat monotony. For a great example of a quality breakdown, look to "Toro".

While this album is a breath of clean air, it is not perfect. First, while "The Incoherent" is a song that will translate well to a live setting, its djent-heavy tone and amazingly average breakdown make it sound like a good Veil of Maya b-side. Also, the vocalist sounds like Chad Gray from Mudvayne at times, especially when he switches from screaming to singing. Avoid these two pitfalls in future albums.

In summary, please look to this album for the furtherance of your genre. Just as August Burns Red's Constellations was a fantastic album that gave many hope that metalcore was not dead, another Lancaster, PA band has released a quality album to look for guidance. There is something in the water there. Because of this, some of Lancaster's finest municipal water is sent to you along with this letter.

Sincerely,

A Concerned Fan


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A metalcore classic, in my opinion....


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MrSenior
July 11th 2010


212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first review, so any criticism, constructive or biting, is appreciated.





wachooo
July 11th 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It doesn't, I find it fresher and better than TIJ and ABR.





Not a bad review, could've been a little longer, but it's your first.



I love this album, I'm actually listening to this right now.







wachooo
July 11th 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

whaaa??

crazyblinddude
July 11th 2010


3390 Comments


here you go dude

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode

for any future references

wachooo
July 11th 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

lols im dumb

Emim
July 11th 2010


27701 Comments


Texas In July is fairly good, and ABR is great.

These guys are pretty good too.

MrSenior
July 11th 2010


212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the info; I edited those out. This is much more thought out than Texas in July, though I don't think they're far from being a really good band.



I wanted to make it longer, but I feared I'd start droning on...

wachooo
July 11th 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Texas In July is just striving to be as close to ABR as possible.



TOTA is just sick, listen to Monuments, lots of sick shit, really sick time signatures too, the production is not too good though, its definitely tolerable.



Short reviews are not bad either so don't worry about it.





Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2010


32190 Comments


Album is a big disappointment compared to their debut

MrSenior
July 11th 2010


212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wachooo- Agreed on TiJ, but there are far worse bands to try to emulate



Deviant- I liked Monuments but couldn't get really into it like I could Haunt What's Left. I'm trying to let it grow more on me. The production is definitely a turn off though

wachooo
July 11th 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah the drum triggers are horrid, and whatever condenser mics they used made the cymbals sound very bad.



I like both in different ways, this one just flows better i feel.



sspedding
July 11th 2010


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excellent first review. This album is not bad, vocals are a bit crap though.

witchxrapist
July 11th 2010


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Monuments is so much better, imo.

sspedding
July 11th 2010


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't heard it. Is it like this?

witchxrapist
July 11th 2010


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's like this on steroids.

sspedding
July 11th 2010


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

large then. I shall acquire through whatever means.

witchxrapist
July 11th 2010


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The vocals on Monuments are seriously so so so much better.

sspedding
July 11th 2010


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thats a pretty good thing because they are shit on this.

witchxrapist
July 11th 2010


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, they really are badddddd.



Main reason I don't listen to this.

sspedding
July 11th 2010


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can only really stand them on some of the tracks. Its probably between a 2.5-3 for me too. Charmer is pretty good.



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