Facing The Gallows
Dead Mindset


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (245 Reviews)
March 4th, 2018 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The noose is tied; we’ve just got to wait for the drop and the tell-tale twang of the rope.

Imagine the very fear of being dragged across a dirt courtyard, dirty, manacled and afraid. Scents of old sweat and over-perfumed sex mingle with the crisp clean air of an otherwise normal day. Imagine the panic as you’re pushed into a line of waiting souls, all set upon by the same fate and those souls are looking defiantly at their pending doom as it drops, swings and twitches in the death jerk of those marched up on the rickety wooden stand before a hooded and smiling executioner, only to be lowered and reset for the noose’s next victim. If that’s not a mindset of death nothing else is.

South African based Facing The Gallows have made a splash with their debut full-length in the few short weeks of releasing Dead Mindset but unfortunately, it’s for all the wrong reasons. Muddy, undistinguishable guitar tones meet stereotypical growls that litter the very genre of metalcore. Add to that the lacklustre, uninspired cleans that dominate the group’s vocal efforts and we’re left with an album not even worthy of a second spin. Dead Mindset fails to deliver on the very standards of a genre watered down by countless same sounding acts into a highly forgettable tirade lasting fifty-five minutes.

Fairly, the point could be argued that I’m taking shots at the genre at a whole. Despite my misgivings of what metalcore used to be able to offer listeners, and the emotive sing-a-long chorus’ that would incite fist punching and head banged emotions only to be heightened by a sense of contextual lyricism that ultimately engages the listener on a relatable level there’s a lot of simple elements that Facing The Gallows overlook. Simply put, Dead Mindset tries too hard to transcend what’s expected from a debut release with this potential. The band try to bridge their brand of melodic with outright intensity, heavy with misguided melancholy and unfortunately fall short of bringing together exactly what’s needed to bring both music and listener together.

After a while the album’s sheer runtime of almost an hour becomes an issue, dragging the listener from one track to the next. Dead Mindset becomes monotonous and atonal, built off the band’s very soundscapes and similar musical structuring. Instrumentally it’s easy to see that this Johannesburg metal group are capable of playing their instruments. If only they paid more attention to the overall tone from the string slingers and the similarities making each and every track undistinguishable from the next. Overall, Dead Mindset is a largely missed opportunity for Facing The Gallows’ debut. The typical metalcore soundscapes of this “we want to be something more” band fail to inspire and impress. For new listeners, Dead Mindset is exactly nothing different. For older fans of metalcore, the record shows a stale representation of the genre as a whole.

Facing The Gallows’ debut album defines the trepidation of being walked to your proverbial end, but not in any way that could be considered fruitful or truly enjoyable. Dig a little deeper and you find that the once clean air of any day can be ruined by a never ending stench of decay and bowels loosening.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

http://www.facingthegallows.com/



https://www.facebook.com/facingthegallows/



https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dead-mindset/1342391131?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4



http://metal4africa.com/news/facing-gallows-doom-ii-video/



Greetings.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2018


2336 Comments


im watching the doom ii video now and its the best worst thing ive seen all year

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I’m not sure if I need to apologise or say thank you for that haha

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2018


1445 Comments


God this sounds bad.
Good review tho.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

After posting this I went looking at other reviews for this. They seem he’ll bent on giving huge scores. Starting to wonder what planet they’re on.

doc23
March 4th 2018


14 Comments


So I have only checked out a couple songs from these guys but they don't sound all that bad. Sure a little generic and heard it all before but that dose not make it bad. Id give it a solid 3-3.5 its decent fun to jam along too.

hansoloshotfirst
March 4th 2018


902 Comments


that was a pretty lame Monster Energy™ ad. sounds bland and feels outdated.
some true Doom II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E7MPl4G2Qc

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MarsKid
March 4th 2018


7033 Comments


Not bad. Sounds like standard fare. I think metalcore as a whole has diverged into multiple different directions, where the genre as a whole isn't necessarily poor, but parts of it--the most pronounced, unfortunately--lack captivating factors.

Some sentences that read awkward and other comma junk, if you want I can comb through for it. But I still got the feel for how this is.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Mars, I’m yet to comb over this properly. I’ve got a 12 day (minimum) work roster coming up and wanted to get something up before hand. I also find it harder to talk about middling/poorer releases which probably caused a flow issue here and there. I’ll be giving this another go over tonight.



My next reviews will be a whole lot further apart (compared to how I’m popping them out now) especially considering I’ve got some promos I’m doing but can’t publish until stream/release day.



This album is definitely less than run of the mill. That guitar tone is cringe.

Dewinged
March 5th 2018


10021 Comments


Gonna scout it over but my hopes are low. Hard to take metalcore seriously nowadays.

Great review though Noct, love the first para. And good luck on that 12 day shift man.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Finishing/quitting a job on Tuesday. Starting the new one Wednesday so my weeks will be back to back. Thanks for getting in touch Dewi : ]



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