Greeley Estates
The Narrow Road


2.5
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Review

by ConcubinaryCode USER (14 Reviews)
January 30th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first EP of the band's 2-part EP, proves the band is content with putting out what the fans want, rather than what the band wants to make.

Last year, Greeley Estates released an aptly titled “The Death Of Greeley Estates”. The band explained they always go into a studio with the thought that their next record could be their last. Their new EP, The Narrow Road, makes that statement almost spot on. After filling in a support role for tour mates Oh, Sleeper, the band dropped off their label and decided to make a two-part EP with nothing more than their own desire to make music for their loving fans and how the fans love them indeed. Greeley Estates has barely made any sort of waves aside from their critically acclaimed “Go West Young Man” album, but the fans that have remained support Greeley Estates with all their heart. The band really does listen to their fans and put out what they want to hear and it definitely shows on this record.

One of the bigger problems that plagued the bands previous release is that the production felt hollow. You would be happy to know that isn’t the case on this record but the album isn’t too interesting enough to matter. It’s an angry record but can’t touch the creative, fun, and catchy writing on No Rain, No Rainbow. No Rain, No Rainbow was angry but it had a reason behind it. The band’s fifteen minutes of fame was ending, band members were leaving, and the band’s label had been bought out and rather than being absorbed into the label, the group was left on their own. This record feels angry just to be angry. The song “Die” has very broad lyrics saying SOMEONE makes him sick and why that SOMEONE won’t just die. It’s not just this song though, every song has broad lyrics that feel like they were written just so their angst filled fans can relate. That’s probably the biggest fault with this album. It doesn’t feel like the band’s album, it feels like the fans' album.

Musically, it could be much worse I suppose. The album is basically one big chug with a few boring riffs thrown in between. Drumming is sub-par most of the time, but when the drummer isn’t repeatedly hitting the same notes, he proves he certainly has at least some talent. The singer has a very shrill scream that fits the album but when he decides to sing clean, he sounds tired and lazy. The album also has a few ambient sound effects thrown in some songs but don’t last long enough to make any songs stand out which brings up another problem. The songs themselves don’t feel long at all. Almost all the songs seem to be building up to some crescendo but then abruptly end.

The album isn’t necessarily bad though. It just feels safe. Greeley Estates has put out much better stuff and the band was head and shoulders above most other post-hardcore/metalcore bands in the scene, but they just feel contempt with keeping their fans happy and not evolving their sound for the time being.



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ConcubinaryCode
January 30th 2013


5501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Finally wrote this review after being so lazy. Tell me what you think.should i build upon topics, grammar errors, or anything else. i noticed it's short but there isnt too much to talk about.

robvusechevic
January 30th 2013


92 Comments


This is one of the very few metalcore bands that I enjoy. I found this album to be very well put together and I think it builds on the mediocre album that was TDOGE.

Asdfp277
January 30th 2013


23084 Comments


"proves the band is contempt with putting out what"

-Content? (...)

"Last year, [B/]Greeley Estates[b]"

-Use lowercase.

"The band explained they go into a studio with the thought that their next record..."

-"they went..."

"The band’s fifteen minutes of fame was ending,"

-"...were ending,"

"It doesn’t feel like the band’s album, it feels like the fan’s album."

-One fan?

"Greeley Estates has..."

-Have

robvusechevic
January 30th 2013


92 Comments


Looks like sputnik has an English major in the site.

ConcubinaryCode
January 30th 2013


5501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

hold up. ill fix all this

Asdfp277
January 30th 2013


23084 Comments


@robv: Lolno, I suck. I'm better at Spanish.

EDIT: ...Aaaaand it's not b/ --> b
It'a b --> /b

ConcubinaryCode
January 30th 2013


5501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"Last year, [B/]Greeley Estates[b]"



-Use lowercase.



didnt work



"The band explained they go into a studio with the thought that their next record..."



-"they went..."

they say they do that for all their albums though so is that good or...



"The band’s fifteen minutes of fame was ending,"

-"...were ending,"

mmm i dont get how this works better?



"Greeley Estates has..."

-Have

i got shit for this but im refering to the band as a whole

ConcubinaryCode
January 30th 2013


5501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

ok! did i miss anything?

robvusechevic
January 30th 2013


92 Comments


It looks good now bro.

Asdfp277
January 30th 2013


23084 Comments


1.- Change it from [b /][ b] to [b ][/ b] without spaces.
2.- Use "go", then. Sorry. You could use an "always" to avoid confusion.
3.- It's not just one minute, they are several minutes, but I'm not sure.
4.-Ok.

WhiteTieBlackJacket
January 30th 2013


794 Comments


I mean, the first song sounds better than "The Death of..."

SCREAMorphine
January 30th 2013


1849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The band is so obsessed with getting new/younger fans that they're watering all their music down and not moving forward at all. They've lost my respect.

NRNR was a great album though.



Great review buddy, pos.

Skoop
January 30th 2013


2176 Comments


Aww but this was really good

slipnslide
January 30th 2013


2639 Comments


greeley estates released a boring album? wow i am shocked

TomorrowIsTuesday
March 3rd 2013


658 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice review man, couldnt agree more. Head Underwater is still pretty great though

MarkTheDead
April 10th 2013


700 Comments


Good review, but I don't agree at all.

BrushedRed
April 25th 2013


3300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked Devil's Son better. Felt more emotional. Neither of them are as good as Go West Young Man... Though

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2013


44509 Comments


Wait, so are this band good? And if so, what should I check out from them?

Digging: Black Country, New Road - For the first time

BrushedRed
April 28th 2013


3300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They are really good. Check out their early stuff and listen all the way to Go West Young Man.. Then skip No Rain, No

Rainbow (because they decided to go heavy. And it flopped, at least for me. Everyone song sounds the same. Very boring).

The Death of Greeley Estates is pretty good. Possibly check out The Narrow Road. It's up to you, I strongly recommend

"Head Underwater." Best song on there. And Make sure to check out Devil Son. It's a lot like their old stuff. Very good. The

best next to Go West Young Man..

TomorrowIsTuesday
May 27th 2013


658 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dont skip no rain, no rainbow....



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