The Illustrator
A Tale of Modern Theatrics


4.0
excellent

Review

by ASnideReturns USER (26 Reviews)
October 11th, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The circus has come to town, and it's demented as fuck

Every so often a band comes along looking to replicate the success of theatrical influenced acts such as My Chemical Romance (Post-Three Cheers), Panic! At The Disco and Crown the Empire to limited or no success; The Illustrator shatters all preconceived notions of being a gimmicky knock-off with a fiery and intense debut EP that's frankly, really damn fun.

Instantly the noticeable aura surrounding the album is it's twisted nature, whether it be from the blaring horns or the frantic keyboard spasms this album is fast paced and chaotic with occasionally unexpected tempo changes to add to the frenzy. Ironically out of all the non-keyboard instrumentals, the bass shines the brightest on this album; looking at the opening track "Dr. Heckle and Mr. Slye" which follows up its minute long ballad-like creepy intro with a bouncing bass-line to compliment the vocalist's strong pipes. The guitar arrangements are catchy with the focus being crafting infectious melodies rather than intricacy and the drums keep up nicely.

The vocals are some of the best in the genre, being reminiscent of combination of a lower pitched Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) and Andy Leo (of Crown the Empire). He hits multiple notes and isn't just stuck in his tenor voice as he frequently hits baritone levels as well. The screams are a very sparsely used aspect of the EP but when used they always help to compliment the song and add variety, which this release has no shortage of. What makes his performance even more enjoyable is the fact that he seems to be having the time of his life, frequently bursting into fits of laughter and speeding up his singing without warning to throw off the listener.

In short, The Illustrator have put out an unexpectedly fantastic debut EP and show an unreal level of potential. All that needs to be done is to expand even deeper into the theatrical sound they've embraced here and give even more of a personal flair to the songs to really come into their own; until then, "A Tale of Modern Theatrics" will satisfy repeated listens with its energetic and crazy atmosphere.




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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2015


26746 Comments


I listened to that track and it wasn't *terrible* just awfully generic. The music was predictable, the vocals were okay, but the lyrics are fucking awful. Also, i feel like it's super contrived.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2015


26746 Comments


I only listened to one song, so maybe I'll like a different one. I don't totally hate it though!

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2015


11774 Comments


Good review Snide

BallsToTheWall
October 11th 2015


49993 Comments


Ned to hear. Good review.

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Judio!
October 11th 2015


8457 Comments


"theatricore"

Judio!
October 11th 2015


8457 Comments


Nah I haven't. I might out of curiosity but I kinda doubt that "theatricore" will be my thing

Judio!
October 12th 2015


8457 Comments


Crown the Empire was the only one out of all those that I've listened too, and I wasn't crazy about them tbh.

Judio!
October 12th 2015


8457 Comments


Idk both prob

stuck_in_decades
October 17th 2015


814 Comments


Was kind of hoping it'd be The Venetia Fair-esque seeing as they've broken up. I thought the music was alright but the vocals just sound very generic and boring to me.



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