Senses Fail
From the Depths of Dreams


3.0
good

Review

by Storm In A Teacup USER (106 Reviews)
August 27th, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the best start, but you gotta start somewhere.

Senses Fail is a band quickly labeled screamo after releasing this debut EP, From The Depths of Dreams. Buddy Neilson sings/screams, Garret Lablock and Dave Miller play guitar, Mike Glita is on bass and last, but good lord not least, Dan Trapp beating skins.

To be honest, Buddy Neilson can't sing yet on this recording. Each song his voice comes out nasal, weak, and outright annoying. He made up for this by honing his craft in later years, but this album vocally is as raw and challenging as it can get. Although rare moments of passable digestion take place.

The lyrics don't get any easier to swallow. Despite a large part of the following Senses Fail received early on is due to the popularity of Buddy Neilson's penmanship, the lyrics...um...the lyrics aren't good. Look, do you need examples? It's really not necessary you can just take my word for it...

...BUT it's so much better if I do show.

Sometimes they are appallingly violent as evident on Free Fall Without A Parachute.

"I had a dream last night and in my dream I took a knife to you. I slit your throat from ear to ear, the wound was gasping for air, your scream so clear."

Here, same song, additional violence, going a bit overboard.

"I had a dream last night and in my dream I robbed a country club, a 5 year old tried to stop me, but I shot him in through the head and now he's dead."

Lovely! Right? Here's one from The Ground Folds

"This song I wrote, it was for you. To live inside of me, I'm dying inside of you."

Awe, that was sweet, pretentious, but sweet! The only song with lyrics inspired from something other than ridiculousness and an author would be Steven, which is a tribute to a dead friend.

"Losing in the fall, lost innocence came down. An 18-year old boy was buried in the ground. A families' broken hearts. A friends' streaming tears. The light lost in death, the livings growing fears. Of eternal darkness, or is it spiritual light? To come to terms with death on the darkest night."

Most songs start out with single picking from the guitar, which sounds exactly the same on a couple songs. It's an EP you guys, don't do that (The Ground Folds and One Eight Seven). Mostly it is all power chords along with the standard leads of the genre. As for the bass, well, simple is as simple does. Most of the time you can't hear it, but when you do it is boring. The drums stand out above everything else surprisingly. Nice fills and appropriate mixing causes them to rise above.

I really can't find anything on here to really redeem keeping this album in a collection unless you are a diehard Senses Fail fan. If you love them, you should at least listen to this once. The inclusion of an acoustic version of The Ground Folds is nice, but doesn't do much to contribute. At 32 minutes this is too generic with not enough catchy moments, but immediately after this album the quality of the bands music increased dramatically. This is before Buddy Neilson had honed his craft, later on Senses Fail would go on under his leadership to cover multiple genres and go on nation wide tours. This amateur recording is the baby of a band with far more potential than is found here. Drink some milk.



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Storm In A Teacup
August 27th 2016


27072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Originally gave this a 1 star review, but that was too harsh, so I remade it.



You can listen to the album here



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5FHT_OBiLA

Spec
August 27th 2016


35856 Comments


they're not stars omg

Tyler.
August 27th 2016


17697 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

On the front page they are

Spec
August 27th 2016


35856 Comments


fuck you're right my whole life is garbage

Storm In A Teacup
August 27th 2016


27072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha

EvoHavok
August 27th 2016


7711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, I remember your 1 review for this back in the days.

Storm In A Teacup
August 27th 2016


27072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That was a cruel 1 I dished out lol

Tunaboy45
August 27th 2016


16848 Comments


Nice review, only really listened to this band in passing but enjoyed what I heard.

Digging: King Krule - Man Alive!

Storm In A Teacup
August 27th 2016


27072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks, for you Tuna I would suggest Let It Enfold You or Still Searching if you ever listened to a full album.

Cormano
August 28th 2016


1809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bloody romance will always be a great jam

omgbecky
August 28th 2016


490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For a 3, this is pretty harsh. I get you on the lyrics though. It's hard for me to go back to this album or Let It Enfold You without chuckling to myself. Oddly enough, Buddy's voice & the lyrics are what got me hooked.

Storm In A Teacup
August 28th 2016


27072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's a 3 only because this was their first project. Buddy's voice and the lyrics is what 90% of their early fans loved. All the band has done since then is evolve and improve, which makes this look even worse and better with perspective. I love his voice Let It Enfold You and beyond. I actually think his lyrics are somewhat interesting on that album too.

MotokoKusanagi
August 28th 2016


2499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so nostalgic for me

Digging: Levon Vincent - World Order Music

ConcubinaryCode
August 28th 2016


5045 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love Buddy's early lyrics. He just didn't give a fuck and expresses them so straight and nonchalantly as he talks about mutilating and murdering people haha. I enjoyed the review too,it's a much fairer review than your old 1 review.

Yotimi
August 28th 2016


7558 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Probably the worst lyrics of any album ever

Storm In A Teacup
August 28th 2016


27072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Forgot my laundry was done trying to think of worse lyric albums but got nothing

Storm In A Teacup
August 28th 2016


27072 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow my phone really fucked that comment up



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