For All Those Sleeping
Cross Your Fingers



by nononsense USER (17 Reviews)
April 26th, 2012 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For All Those Sleeping put out a very strong debut, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

For All Those Sleeping is a band from Minnesota who play very catchy post-hardcore with a very strong pop-punk influence. They sound like A Day To Remember mixed with Let It Enfold You era Senses Fail.

The vocals on the album are very well done. FATS use three of its members to provide the vocal duties which make the band very unique. Frontman Mike Champa does most of the screams and the clean vocals in the verses of the songs. He has a very good voice that reminds me of Kellen Quinn from Sleeping With Sirens. His screams are very good as well. He does all of the high pitched screams and does a very good job at keeping them fresh, as they never get old. They remind me a lot of Buddy Neilson's screams on "Let It Enfold You" He does some of the low screams but they are not nearly as good as his highs. Guitarist Jerad Pierskalla does most of the low screams on the albums and, unlike Champa, does them perfectly. His parts are most noticeable on "I'm Not Dead Yet" and "He's Dead Because Mommy Killed Him." Bassist London Snetsinger (kind of ironic) handles the clean vocal in the choruses of all the songs. He sounds similar to Champa when he sings, however, he is noticeably lower pitched than Campa. His best performances are on "Favorite Liar", "I Hate To See You Go", and "Runaway" where his melodies really soar and get caught in your head very easily. The cleans are used much more frequently then the screamed vocals which I think inhance the sound of the album

The musicianship on the album is good. Most bands in this genre use breakdowns way too much. What seperates FATS from those bands is that they use breakdowns sparingly. And when they do use them, man are they poweful. The breakdown in "Janice, It Ain't Funny" is one of the better breakdowns that I have heard. Other songs such as "The Outbreak Of Heartache" and "I'm Not Dead Yet" and "Favorite Liar" have great breakdowns as well. Lead guitarist David Volgman-Stevens plays some very nice riffs especially in "The Midnight Society." His most memorable moment is the hammer-on in "He's Dead Because Mommy Killed Him." The drumming is your average drumming for the genre and is easily forgetten. There is a lot of double-bass and fast pop-punk style drumming. The bass is inaudble which is nothing new to the genre.

The lyrical content is based on a zombie apacolypse and the horror genre. The song "He's Dead Because Mommy Killed Him" is a bunch of quotes from A Nightmare on Elm Street. Overall, the lyrics are pretty generic.

For All Those Sleeping put out a very strong debut album. The only downside I have is that the music part is drowned out by how powerful the vocals are. That is what bring the album down from a 4 to a 3. The breakdowns, when used, save the band's sound. I would like to see an improvement in the instrumentation on future albums.

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April 26th 2012


Album Rating: 3.0

This cd is hella cool. There new shit should be pretty sweet too

April 26th 2012


> very strong
> 3.0 rating

April 27th 2012


Couple of good songs on here, but most is meh.

February 28th 2013


"The cleans are used much more frequently then the screamed vocals which I think inhance the sound of the album"

Again, nothing but minor things. You liked this a little better than I did, most songs didn't end up keeping my attention. Screams are powerful, but the cleans were a little weak in my opinion. It is a little different that most of what is out there in terms of trendy post-hardcore/lighter metalcore, but it just doesn't really get stuck in my head much.

February 28th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5

I hate this now. Lol

February 28th 2013


Lol nice. Yeah, I remember listening to this when it came out, and I just listened to a song off of this to remind myself how it sounds. Generic-city. Lol

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