Blessthefall
Hard Feelings


2.1
poor

Review

by Trebor. STAFF
April 1st, 2018 | 82 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hard feelings, harder to listen to

Blessthefall have always been a band struggling with their identity. There was an awkward transition when their original frontman Craig Mabbitt left shortly after completing their first album His Last Walk. Blessthefall entered a state of limbo - unable to decide whether they should be fronted by a singer or screamer - until they filled the vocalist vacuum, introducing new clean singer Beau Bokan for the recording of their second album Witness. Blessthefall started off as an emo-tinged post-hardcore outfit, but it was an identity the band never quite fit into, as they flirted with As I Lay Dying rip off riffs on Awakening, and eventually graduating to ripping off The Devil Wears Prada’s anthemic metalcore sound on To Those Left Behind. Hard Feelings is a mix between all these, with some Saosin and Bring Me The Horizon worship thrown in for good measure. Here we are, six albums deep, and I’m still having a hard time committing to what Blessthefall sounds like exactly.

Blessthefall’s main downfall is their inability to write compelling vocal melodies. That and they’re stuck in an artistically bankrupt genre. Beau doesn’t have much range and his vocals are way overproduced, yet he dominates the mix, despite the fact that none of his vocal melodies stand plays second fiddle, and it’s a shame because his voice is powerful, and his parts are the most memorable thing about the album despite being few and far between. The music itself doesn’t inspire much either. Most songs have unnecessary electronic elements, or oddly timed breakdowns that feel random, ill-timed, and forced, or both. There's a part in the opener where it glitches out and sounds like the file is fucked up for no apparent reason as if the band has no faith in their own songwriting. Strip away this crap and maybe the music would be less memorable, but it would also be less annoying. It’s fair to wonder how much fuel is left in the tank after five bad albums in a row. Blessthefall’s debut record His Last Walk was a catchy and fun popcore album, but they’ve done have done nothing to build on that sound since. Sure Craig Mabbitt sang out of tune and the guitarwork was derivative, but songs like Rise Up and Black Rose Dying are bubbly and catchy, with just enough edge to satisfy core fans. Hard Feelings is just so sterile, so overproduced - the drums sound fake and the music sounds phoned in. Perhaps they could pull it all together - ditch the clean singing, tone down the electronic crap and the breakdowns, and focus on writing tight riff-based songs. Stranger things have happened, but it’s a safe bet to call Blessthefall dead and buried.



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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


56436 Comments

Album Rating: 2.1

Way late on this, sorry bout that

Darius the Great
March 31st 2018


19911 Comments


Awesome review, I might jam this out of curiosity

momentsofclarity
March 31st 2018


361 Comments


band has been forgettable for years

SteakByrnes
March 31st 2018


14478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Incredibly average

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Gyromania
March 31st 2018


26605 Comments


Garbage band

GmemberKills
March 31st 2018


3696 Comments


I actually got to see them live before Beau came into the picture and they had Jared (bassist/harsh vox) handling front man duties. it was pretty great, everything was heavier, and the other band members did more than a decent job handling the minimal amount of cleans.

That said they pretty much went to crap after His Last Walk & i'm honestly surprised they still have a audience.


sempiturtle
March 31st 2018


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"Beau doesn’t have much range and his vocals are way overproduced, yet he dominates the mix, despite the fact that none of his vocal melodies stand plays second fiddle, and it’s a shame because his voice is powerful, and his parts are the most memorable thing about the album despite being few and far between."



yo this sentence is long af dude



album is alright to me but i can definitely see anyone giving it a 1.5-2.5 for sure

Comatorium.
March 31st 2018


4851 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haven’t cared about anything this band has put out since Witness. This does nothing to change that.

Danred97
March 31st 2018


2044 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Well, it’s better than To Those Left Behind, but it’s still really bland. If you want to hear this album done right, just listen to the new Savage Hands EP.

KenboSlice
March 31st 2018


2994 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Needs more Jared. Dude should start his own hardcore band.

DreamAgain
April 1st 2018


870 Comments


review reads more like a 2.2

Veldin
April 1st 2018


3804 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

KenboSlice, love the avy. Good review Trebor

Storm In A Teacup
April 1st 2018


26388 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album cover is pure puke

Papa Universe
April 1st 2018


20110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ugh

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LoLifant
April 1st 2018


1506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Beau weakest part of the band agreed. But it‘s a step up from the last one in songwriting.

Toondude10
April 1st 2018


13740 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this was awful

Realm
April 1st 2018


2499 Comments


Wag

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2018


14175 Comments


band has always sucked and im surprised theyre still going

also how did this dickead get an absolute fitty like lights??

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bloc
April 1st 2018


54727 Comments


Was hoping there'd be an emo girl on the album cover like it's the 2000s all over again and I could say, "The girl on the cover gives me hard feelings"

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SteakByrnes
April 1st 2018


14478 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

lmao



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