Defeater
Dear Father


3.0
good

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
February 10th, 2011 | 129 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With the release of "Dear Father," celebrated hardcore act Defeater attempt to fan the flames of anticipation....

Although only having been around for a handful of years, the guys in Boston hardcore act Defeater have made quite a name for themselves. Enough so, that fans have been patiently waiting (read: foaming at the mouth) for the band’s follow up to their 2008 debut, Travels. With a mere month until the release of said follow-up, Empty Days & Sleepless Nights, Defeater has dropped a morsel to tide us over.

Yet let it be known that the word morsel should be stressed, as there is an implausibly small amount of content here. Despite being mum on its release--dropping seemingly in secret--Dear Father, which by all rights is sort of a pleasant surprise, still comes as a disappointment. After all, less than two years prior, the band proved they could pack in just as much intensity and power into an EP as they could a full blown album. However, there is a clear difference here: Lost Ground (their 2009 EP) was a fully fleshed out, thoughtfully planned and well executed piece, while this simply is not.

The first half of Dear Father is the de facto reason to listen to this. The eponymous track is classic Defeater, capturing the rapid-fire, feverous pace, while at the same time being wonderfully thoughtful and emotional. It’s got a little softer edge to it when compared to much of the rest of their songs as well, which only bolstered by Derek’s more refined vocal delivery. That isn’t to say he’s gone soft on ‘Dear Father,‘ but the cleaning up of his scream and bellow has made his already impressive set of pipes even more effective. Another highlight is that once more, lyrically, Defeater have proven to be heads and shoulders above their peers, with certain passages having genuine, thoughtful backings:

Dear Father, Dear Father.
So, what are you gonna do?
Be the hero that your father was.
So, what are you gonna do?
Be the man man they want you to be.
And, you are your father's son.
Dear Father, Dear Father.


The band hasn’t stated whether or not this EP works into the over all concept that their two previous releases have been working on, but it clearly plays into the familial themes that have been prevalent thus far.

Unfortunately, things take a bit of a dive in the second half. ’I Don’t Mind’ is a strictly acoustic piece, and while charming in its own right, it’s simply a very weak track. It neither displays the songwriting proficiency of the band or the emotional power that they typically exude. The song isn’t weak because it’s acoustic, but rather, it feels completely flat, devoid of any genuine feeling. Lyrically, it’s in the vein of hard rock ballad, as it lacks the subtlety and nuance of truly beautiful love song. That being said, it’s still a fine song, but nothing worthy of the name that Defeater has made for themselves.

Dear Father, for what it's worth, is a worthy listen, despite only half of the EP displaying true excellence. Yet what really makes this record loose points is its content, or lack thereof. I can't help but feel like this was a rapidly placed together piece to stoke the embers of intrigue, as we are so very close to the release date of Empty Days & Sleepless Nights. It's nice, really, having something to nibble on, but a bit more effort would have made this a much more worthwhile release.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fr33convict
February 11th 2011


11723 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only two songs? Wow. Good review, pos.

cvlts
February 11th 2011


9657 Comments


ha this got reviewed


where's my $2?

BassDemon333
February 11th 2011


3435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was wondering if this was going to get reviewed or not lol

eternium
February 11th 2011


16358 Comments


Interesting. I'll just wait until the full album. No point in listening to this.

LegendofPittman
February 11th 2011


2960 Comments


^ Thinking the same thing.

cvlts
February 11th 2011


9657 Comments


single or not, good review and all.

songs didnt do anything for me tbh. 'i dont mind' was lolbad

Aids
February 11th 2011


24460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Xeno no! this is so good!

Aids
February 11th 2011


24460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"I Don't Mind" is brilliant, don't be silly

Aids
February 11th 2011


24460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

^hep kat gets gay with defeater

whywontyoudie
February 11th 2011


3067 Comments


listened to a minute and a half of I Don't Mind and i liked it. not finishing though, waiting on the full album. nice review.

pmmets07
February 11th 2011


5984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i don't mind seemed damn emotional to me



2 great songs

deathofasalesman
February 11th 2011


6513 Comments


I don't understand why they would release this. I'm waiting for teh album.

TheBuzzKiller
February 11th 2011


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Obviously Dear Father is a great track. But I also really like I don't mind, it makes defeater a little more relatable from a different perspective. At least for me it did.

JichaelMordan
February 11th 2011


17 Comments


This band could not write decent lyrics to save their lives.

JichaelMordan
February 11th 2011


17 Comments


How creative.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2011


7502 Comments


LOVE LOVE XENO LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

liledman
February 11th 2011


3828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

my thoughts exactly xeno, nice work man.

Rev
February 11th 2011


9881 Comments


It's cool but kind of pointless

demigod!
February 11th 2011


49300 Comments


HEY BUDDY DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS

DO DO DO DO DO DOOO

ITS TRACK REVIEWS
track reviews

so, when does the full album come out then?

deathofasalesman
February 11th 2011


6513 Comments


demos and singles are the lifeblood of punk music salesmang

True dat. But I just don't see Defeater as the kind of band to release singles. Especially if the
single is from an upcoming concept album. Idk.



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