40 Below Summer
The Mourning After


4.0
excellent

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
July 28th, 2010 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent album from one of the most praiseworthy yet unknown hard rock/nu metal bands of the early 2000's

Showcasing many positive aspects of a fusion of nu metal and hard rock, New Jersey's 40 Below Summer had several great EP's and 2 excellent LP's worth of material before breaking up. Chances are most Sputnikers haven't heard the band and the nu metal tag might be enough to make you stop reading here. Make no mistake, this band is far from the generic nu metal/hard rock prevalent on the radio waves in the early years of the decade.

Self Medicate opens the record on a weak note. One of the most generic tracks on the record, the lyrics are boring, the riffs recycled and the guitar stay within the 0-3 fret range. A few bass solo's save the song from being complete trash. Taxi Cab Confession kicks off the 2nd track with a driving bassline and (unfortunately) spoken word vocals from singer Max Illidge. As the song swings into the chorus however, the listener is instantly grabbed by the unique tone and range of Max's delivery.

One of the highlights of the band is his one of a kind voice, not to be heard anywhere else in music with a somewhat nasal yet powerful style. When Max screams (which isn't very much on this record compared to Invitation to the Dance), he does a great job. Rain is one of the best tracks on the CD with a complex drum rythym and a bassline audible throughout the song.

Guitarists Joey and Jordan experiment throughout the cd with tremolo and chorus effects, used mainly in the verses to a pleasing effect. One slight detraction from the record is the overly polished, drop B riffs used mainly in the chorus's. As a guitarist myself, the lack of diversity in the riffing department is somewhat of a disappointment. Single finger chords permeate the choruses as a backdrop to many tracks. There is also a serious lack of lead guitar riffage to take centre stage. On a whole however, every member of the band works together to create catchy, melodic and memorable songs.

The highlight of thealbum is Monday Song, a track with simple drum patterns and guitar work but its so damn catchy you'll find yourself singing along for days after. As you might guess by the name of the album, lyrical themes of depression, addiction and desperation are strung througout. F.E is the heaviest track on the album featuring Christian Machedo of Ill Nino fame. This track is purely pissed off aggression, fantastic harsh vocal work and excellent double bass are prevalent.

Two of the more forgettable tracks on the record are Awakening and Alienation. Terrible lyrics and melodies make these songs utterly discardible. The last song A Season in Hell is arguably the standout on the album, featuring the most tortured vocals and lyrics Illidge possesses only to break into one of the most beautiful outro's ever heard. The song shifts from rejection to hope, with an epic and uplifting ending to The Mourning After.


A great fusion of everything ugly and admirable in humanity, The Mourning After is a record worth listening to from an era of music many of us wouldn't mind forgetting.



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Apollo
July 28th 2010


10677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

doubting if anyone knows this band aside from Inveigh and Willie :S



check it out though, it is teh shiz

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments


I tell you to do something other than a 3.5 .... and you do a 4.


lmfao

Solid review though, neg'd.

Apollo
July 28th 2010


10677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bitch don't make me hurt uuuuuu

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments


do a 2 review. or a 5 review

Apollo
July 28th 2010


10677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the neg

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments


you're welcome

Willie
Moderator
July 28th 2010


17611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. There seems to be a formatting error in the first paragraph. Also, the second paragraph could be split.



These guys are totally underrated, but the nu metal thing makes everyone ignore them. If people like Flaw then they'll like this.

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments


I like Flaw

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments


but the my metal thing makes everyone ignore them

think ya meant nu metal

Counterfeit
July 28th 2010


17837 Comments


WILLLLLLIIIIIIIEEEEEEE

Apollo
July 28th 2010


10677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

done, that looks much better, thanks Willie



I know you like Flaw Maniac, you need to listen to this band asap.

Counterfeit
July 28th 2010


17837 Comments


good review man, pos.

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments


negnegnegnegnegnegnegnegnegnegnegneg
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Apollo
July 28th 2010


10677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks dude, your review was ace too

BallsToTheWall
July 28th 2010


49151 Comments


liked a few songs from band dont remember.

Digging: Pohgoh - In Memory of Bab

Willie
Moderator
July 28th 2010


17611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Awesome. Much better. I did mean Nu but the iPhone auto spellcheck changed it on me.



For people listening to this band for the first time I'd reccomend their debut.



Feit!!!! Glad to see you not banned ;)

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments


Willie, I assume this is the 'Endangered Species' of their material?

Counterfeit
July 28th 2010


17837 Comments


Likewise, now go read my review and be like omgomg this kid is staff material.

Apollo
July 28th 2010


10677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, Invitation was one of my favorite albums back in high school

Maniac!
July 28th 2010


28052 Comments



Comments: 4268
07.28.10


Likewise, now go read my review and be like omgomg this kid is staff material.



LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL @ Counterfeit being staff

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL



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