Thousand Below
The Love You Let Too Close


3.5
great

Review

by Aicaicem USER (3 Reviews)
November 28th, 2017 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great start to a new band.

"The Love You Let Too Close" is the debut album by Thousand Below, a post-harcore band. The music and lyrics seemed to be fueled by a past loss, as such both aspects are tinged with emotion, and even a little aggression. Now for the individual elements.

The LYRICS: I don't like researching what a song or album is about, but rather, I let the message reach me through the lyrics. As such, it seems that whatever loss singer James Deburg has to deal with abandonment, maybe by many people. Lyrics are sad in places. Some lyrics come across as melodramatic, while others are good. None of the songs are happy, and many moments are angry, yet never sound like the metal genre.
The singing is a mix of loud singing, soft crooning, and stretched out rough screaming. The album is very chorus-focused. And most of them are very catchy choruses.

The INSTRUMENTATION: Guitars, drums, and piano are the focus here. Pianos are used for ambience, and have no memorability outside of one song. That being said, that piano, which begins "No Place Like You" sounds too similar to Bring Me The Horizon's "And The Snakes Start To Sing".
The drums are very nondescript, bringing no attention to themselves. Very forgettable. The guitars are what stand out, at times being slow and at times being fast; they well compliment the vocals. The only times I had issue with the guitars is in the song "Carry the Weight", where the beginning riff sounds eerily similar to Paramore's "Decode". After that, the song gains its own identity.

The PRODUCTION: Production is good. Even if sometimes the instrumentation over-shadows the vocals, you still know what he is sayingscreaming. You'll get moments when the song will fade away, feeling cavernous while a single instrument (and maybe a repeated vocal phrase) loops in the background. Guitars feel heavy, drums range from concussive to mild taps, depending on the song.
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The HIGH POINTS: The best songs on the album are the most memorable, with emotional lyrics, enjoyable riffs and catchy vocal patterns...

No Place Like You
Sleepless
The Wolf and the Sea
Tradition
Vein
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The LOW POINTS: I really enjoyed every song on the album, so the ones in the Low Point section are simply the songs that might be melodramatic, or immemorable....

Into The Gray
The Love You Let Too Close
Follow Me Home
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Final Thoughts: A very good album worth a few listens. The tone is consistent as well as strong, with songs that sound somewhat similar, without feeling like you're listening to the same thing over and over.


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BlackMalachite
November 27th 2017


3712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey man, your review is a little shaky and needs to be formatted but it's okay for an early review. This album rules.

SteakByrnes
November 28th 2017


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Vocalist is so good

Digging: Polyphia - New Levels New Devils

Groundking
November 28th 2017


774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules, and agreed Steak, Vocalist is the true stand out part of the band, but it's all great.

SteakByrnes
November 28th 2017


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys wear their influences on their shoulders, and they do the different sounds so well

BlackMalachite
November 28th 2017


3712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Underoath found the fountain of youth.

SteakByrnes
November 28th 2017


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Stories (band from Australia) did the Underoathy feeling better, but these guys are still solid

Groundking
November 28th 2017


774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Favourite song on the album lads?



Mines probably The Wolf and The Sea or The Love You Let Too Close.

SteakByrnes
November 28th 2017


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Either The Love You Let Too Close, Carry The Weight, or Vein



Vein is absolutely mental

Groundking
November 28th 2017


774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Vein is a monster tune.

AmericnZero02
November 29th 2017


3723 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dug this one; really consistently good record. Strong 3.5 pushing 4 for me. I'm looking forward to what these guys have up their sleeve for their next record.



Follow me home, No Place Like You, and the title tracks are beasts.

SteakByrnes
November 29th 2017


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yea man, this is a solid debut

henryChinaski
December 2nd 2017


4095 Comments


Checking this out now. Vocals are sick indeed.

Digging: The Story So Far - Proper Dose

SteakByrnes
December 2nd 2017


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yee boi, vocals are sick and the album has such a hard Underoath vibe

Prototypeplaya5
January 16th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm honestly gonna jerk this album to fuck, best phc album of 2017 IMO

BlackMalachite
January 16th 2018


3712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Underoath found the fountain of youth [2342323]

SteakByrnes
January 16th 2018


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was actually just listening to Disambiguation

AmericnZero02
January 19th 2018


3723 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's great that Underoath are playing all these shows again, but man. I really wish they'd just put out a new record already.

DreamAgain
February 27th 2018


813 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tradition is such a catchy song.



In the process of checking out the whole album. Solid so far.

SteakByrnes
March 9th 2018


13240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can we talk about how hard Vein goes?

Groundking
March 10th 2018


774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'Can we talk about how hard Vein goes?' [2]



I love this record.



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