Blessthefall
To Those Left Behind


3.5
great

Review

by William21 USER (19 Reviews)
September 18th, 2015 | 124 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blessthefall continue to embrace the newfound sound they've created for themselves.

I never really liked Blessthefall before Hollow Bodies. There may have been one or two songs that I sort of liked, but overall I didn't particularly care for them. Then by chance I heard "You Wear a Crown But You're No King," which wasn't spectacular but got my attention when I heard what they were doing with their sound; which was putting some electronic effects into their music, thus making them essentially a Devil Wears Prada copy, while the clean vocalist sounded a little more like Shayley Bourget from Of Mice & Men. Ultimately, the blend worked quite well for a pretty stellar album.

Considering that Joey Sturgis was coming back for this album, there was little doubt that this one wouldn't be much different. And that was indeed correct; although the band tried to experiment around with their newfound sound just a little bit on this album, the gist of it remained the same. The strong opener "Decayer" still has the crisp techno/keyboard layered riffs throughout, while still being clearly metalcore. The song also contains some of the stronger vocals on the album.

There are a few songs that are pretty clearly taken straight out of Hollow Bodies. The energy-filled "Up In Flames" is an album highlight which still feels like a b-side from the previous album (not that that's a problem in this case). The other main single, "Walk On Water," focuses more on strong riffs and some of the weaker clean vocals that Hollow Bodies had for a slightly mixed bag. "Keep What We Love and Burn the Rest" is also pretty clearly this album's "Buried In These Walls," although it does well on its own too.

"Dead Air" is probably the most unique track on the album, as it focuses quite a bit less on screaming in an attempt to make a slightly more radio-friendly track; overall, it's a pretty strong attempt for them, as the chorus manages to be quite memorable. It's not the only song to take a "less-screaming" approach; "Looking Down from the Edge" does as well, only far better as it contains a pretty good rhythm and a fantastic chorus, making for the best track on the album. "Condition // Comatose" is fairly subdued as well for a Blessthefall song. However, there are still plenty of more energetic tracks to balance it out, namely the title track, "Walk on Water," and "Against the Waves."

There's a couple more missteps on this album overall than the previous one, however. Clean vocalist Beau Bokan is still hit-or-miss on occasion; "Walk on Water" is one of his lower moments, and he's not particularly strong on "Condition // Comatose" either, which struggles to find stable ground in general. "Oathbreaker" is a heavier song, but it doesn't really have any strong qualities about it to lift it up, leaving a pretty generic track. And although I may have been expecting a little much after the fantastic closer that was "Open Water" on the previous album, "Departures" is shockingly bland and ends the album on a rather boring note (especially after following the energy-filled title track).

Blessthefall's second Joey Sturgis effort may not be quite as strong as the first one, but it still has enough of what was great about Hollow Bodies and adds enough new material to make it an interesting listen. However, if you were hoping for something completely different, you're likely to be a little disappointed. Blessthefall is surging forward with the new sound they've found, and it's still working for them as of now. It may not be just quite what Hollow Bodies was, but it's still a pretty darn good album and still warrants a purchase.

Song Highlights: "Looking Down from the Edge," "Up in Flames," "Decayer," "To Those Left Behind," "Dead Air"




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Toondude10
September 18th 2015


14232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

damn, got to this before me



"They were There may have been one or two songs"

get rid of "they were"



will read the rest later but this album was real bad if you ask me.

ConcubinaryCode
September 18th 2015


5380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"Another band that gets undeserved Sputnik hate"



Implying they even get attention here

Sinternet
September 18th 2015


22509 Comments


I can understand you saying you think this band gets too much hate.

But just no. Worst release by them so far. And Awakening is pretty average too. His Last Walk and Witness are miles ahead of anything else they've done.

Digging: Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?

Toondude10
September 18th 2015


14232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album needs more hate tbh, probably will

LoLifant
September 18th 2015


1549 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I probably like this 2nd after Hollow Bodies. Not quite sure yet though.

Sinternet
September 18th 2015


22509 Comments


Worst attitude on this website



Futures [2]

KILL
September 18th 2015


81241 Comments


6 it brother

William21
September 18th 2015


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean I get why some people don't like this album but seriously what's so good about their older stuff? I just can't get into it...

ConcubinaryCode
September 18th 2015


5380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

What's so great about their new stuff? I can't get into it.

William21
September 18th 2015


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The new stuff's way more sharply produced and energetic (imho) than the older stuff. Of course, I do have a weakness for electronic-infused metalcore, so that may also have something to do with it...

Toondude10
September 18th 2015


14232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

as if this isn't electronic-infused metalcore?

LoLifant
September 18th 2015


1549 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah it never was, yeah it never was, and never is gonna baaaeeeeee

William21
September 18th 2015


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Toondude that was the point. This *is* electronic-infused metalcore, and that's part of why I like the new stuff to begin with.

ConcubinaryCode
September 18th 2015


5380 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I think their new stuff is produced poorly and lacks energy but if this gets you off I don't wanna be a cock block.

Toondude10
September 19th 2015


14232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm still not understanding why people would like this. There is nothing off of this that is breaking any barriers for them.

Toondude10
September 19th 2015


14232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

now that you say that, I really shouldn't be. I'm sure the average will tank after a while.

LoLifant
September 19th 2015


1549 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like it too (although it's a 3.5 at best, maybe lower) and so far I'm not famous for overrating albums.

LoLifant
September 19th 2015


1549 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah but it has nothing to do with me liking this album



btw in terms of production: I like the more polished sound it has since Hollow Bodies but the vocals are heavily edited at some points, sounds like he sings under water

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
September 19th 2015


922 Comments


his last walk has a lot of sentimental value to me, but this band really hasn't done anything that good besides awakening. nice review though, pos

LoLifant
September 19th 2015


1549 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

his last walk is pretty worthless due to production and mabbits "singing"



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