I See Stars
Digital Renegade


4.0
excellent

Review

by wwba USER (6 Reviews)
June 30th, 2014 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: not a cornerstone in the genre, just a masterpiece that shits all over many electronicore bands' discography

Most core bands tend to start good (for what they are) and slowly turn into something really unconcerned and boring. I See Stars is definitely not one of these bands. Their first releases didn't get much attention (mostly because they were nothing special) but Digital Renegade and New Demons pretty much turned them into the BMTH of the scene. They might have less likes on facebook than Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack! (Nativ) or Of Mice & Man but don't let the statistics fool you. Whenever someone talks about modern electronicore, I See Stars is more likely to be mentioned than Enter Shikari or Asking Alexandria is, but it doesn't really matter. Just because something is hyped, it's not necessarily good, so lets talk about the album they released about two years ago.

The opening is phenomenal. The fake orchestra is not something to be ashamed of (especially in this genre). Not only because it doesn't feel forced, but it's a perfect preparation for the next panel, a 8-step chord progression with generic, but killer drums and harsh vocals, which are quickly exchanged by Devin Oliver's cleans - a few seconds later you hear a sudden tempo change that leads into the first breakdown of Digital Renegade. Despite the diversity of the panels, the song isn't falling into pieces. Even the following trance beat and the poppy chorus fit. In the end, the final breakdown and the fake orchestra blends together in an awesome way.

To be honest I don't want to "track by track" this album, I only reviewed "Gnars Attacks" because it perfectly sums up why I See Stars (post-2011) is so great... Interesting, diverse and well structured. Not just the songs themselves, but the album as a whole. Anyway (you might hate me for this) unlike the majority of their fans, I never thought of this band as one of the main contributors of the genre. I think the right way to describe them is "the best of their genre". The main reason why they're so enjoyable is their ability to use the elements Enter Shikari and those infamous Joey Sturgis bands such as the two "AA"s brought into 'core music better than anyone else in the scene.

Now I'm not saying 'Renegade is a flawless album. Even as a fan I can't deny that it has some boring moments... the guitar-work and the electronics aren't always as sophisticated as they are in the opening track (their most complex song so far), NZT48 (dat synthetic break'!) or the ridiculously catchy Filth Friends Unite (my personal favorite). What I'm trying to say is (1), if you're ok with this kind of metalcore, this band is worth your time (2), Even if you hate mainstream 'core music, this band deserves the attention they get and they're not big because of a hit or a hot frontman (even though they have both) but because they're talented.



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wwba
June 30th 2014


480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first review (second if the one I deleted counts) don't be rude plz

constructive critics is appreciated though

wwba
June 30th 2014


480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. Got to agree. To be honest I'm aware my English isn't good enough to write anything decent

yet, I only did this to evolve. (same can be told about my upcoming reviews).



"if they combined both those things i think they'd make their best album"



true

the only thing I really-really disliked about ND was the drum and bass in Violent Bounce... It might

sound good to people who aren't into dnb though



(anyway how can I edit?)

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2014


26097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is their best easily. WAYYYYY better than New Demons

Digging: Wampyric Rites - Reflections Of A Frostbitten Moon

wwba
June 30th 2014


480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should check Issues for refined electronics, they're like their own genre

http://youtu.be/JiYWbv6mNik



"Yeah this is their best easily. WAYYYYY better than New Demons"

"Devin sounded good Zach became way worse"

got to agree with both

Sabrutin
June 30th 2014


6456 Comments


Don't use things like "shits over" or "dat" in a review, it's not really professional (my thoughts).

wwba
June 30th 2014


480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Don't use things like "shits over" or "dat" in a review, it's not really professional (my thoughts)."

Good point, thanks!



"They're a band that really don't do this stuff very well in my eyes"

you've got a point.. as a metalcore band they're nothing special, as an RnB act they suck even harder, but somehow their mixed nature is pleasant to me.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2014


14566 Comments


. "Whenever someone talks about modern electronicore, I See Stars is more likely to be mentioned than Enter Shikari or Asking Alexandria is"

where did you get that from? way more people know of ES and AA than I See Stars.

Digging: The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge

VermTheNedSlayer
July 1st 2014


291 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Lol, I see stars, lol.

kevin234
July 4th 2014


247 Comments


you contradict yourself by calling the opening generic in one paragraph and then interesting and dynamic in the next.

your facebook "likes" thing at the beginning made me giggle

Is English your first language?



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