Beloved
Failure On


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ecnalzen USER (17 Reviews)
September 5th, 2012 | 178 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An early 2000s post hardcore gem

Beloved's time was short in the musical world. Their first and only LP was a treat, even if it took several listens for the tracks to really start standing out individually. The transitions are very smooth between the melodic and the post hardcore, and, sometimes, they were so well done it took me a second to realize they had shifted into the heavier sections or back into the melodic areas.

I do wish there was more mingling between the dual vocals, though. The screaming is very well done and the cleans are decent enough, but it's just too bad they hardly ever mixed the two by swapping back and forth or overlapping them (except for a few parts of “Death to Traitors”). The singing is always with the more melodic parts and the harsh vocals are usually paired with the heavier parts.

There are a few times when the melodic and heavier parts are mixed in together with the instrumentation, except the fact that they are all done almost exactly the same. “Watching the Lines Blur”, "Rise and Fall", “Inner Pattern” are good examples, having the rhythm guitar hitting the heavy, repeated palm muted riff, while the lead guitar plays a distorted lead that rings out over the top of it. But hey, if some is good, then more must be better, right?

All in all, Failure On is a really great listen. The vocals, guitars and drums all do a fine job, but the bass does seem like it got a little lost in the mix. It’s just too bad this was Beloved's only full-length release. They might have had something really special going on if they had a chance to make another album or two to figure out what kind of sound they wanted and have some musical growth. Instead, we will just have to settle for looking back fondly on ten tracks of post-hardcore goodness and wonder what could have been.



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wacknizzle
September 5th 2012


14555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, it's been ages since I've heard this. I'm definitely gonna give it a spin later today.

sspedding
September 5th 2012


5697 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is pretty decent, you get the general gist of things. Album is class in my book, raw, emotive and a benchmark for

post hardcore. Rise & Fall is in my top 5 favourite songs ever.pos

Ecnalzen
September 6th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think they were still trying to figure things out on this record. I bet they would have really hit their stride with another album or two underneath their belt.

captaincrunch11
September 6th 2012


1544 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album. Will definitely give this a spin again.

Ecnalzen
September 17th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's great stuff, I just wish they would have stuck around a little longer.

Pndi
October 10th 2012


464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is spot on. pos

Ecnalzen
October 10th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, Pndi.

cryptside
December 18th 2012


2406 Comments


Awesome review man, pos'd. I recently got back into these guys, absolutely loved their sound. Incredibly passionate and I love that they were not too afraid to be too melodic or too harsh in any one moment. I agree, they could have been even more special with a few more albums under their belt.

Ecnalzen
December 19th 2012


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks. I didn't find out about them until earlier this year. I was immediately bummed when I found they weren't together anymore after I was introduced to a few songs.



Oh, if they could have made at least one more album. I bet it would have been sooooo goooood.

Scoot
February 24th 2013


22213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good shit miroki

Ecnalzen
February 24th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I like it pretty well too.

Funeralopolis
April 3rd 2013


14586 Comments


damn not even a page of comments

BigPleb
April 3rd 2013


65784 Comments


Opolis!

Funeralopolis
April 3rd 2013


14586 Comments


sup

BigPleb
April 3rd 2013


65784 Comments


Sup bro

mursu
April 3rd 2013


256 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Death To Traitors and Rise & Fall are my favorite songs here. This album is pretty good, but it's just way too long.

Ecnalzen
April 3rd 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"damn not even a page of comments"



I didn't have much of a site "presence" when I wrote this. I could probly still say that now tho, lol. Plus, it seems that not a whole lotta ppl here know who this band was.

Pndi
April 13th 2013


464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i wish they'd stop teasing on facebook, reunite nao

Pndi
April 13th 2013


464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well i'll continue to watch this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n22g-giTn00

Ecnalzen
April 13th 2013


12163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I always forget they had 3 guitarists. It took me a few listens with headphones before I even started to notice when they actually utilized all 3 of them.



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