Casey
Love Is Not Enough


4.5
superb

Review

by Kurai USER (5 Reviews)
December 24th, 2018 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Filled to the brim with intensity and emotion, Love Is Lot Enough is emotionally cathartic Melodic Hardcore at it's best

The UK Hardcore scene has been in pretty good shape for a while, with bands such as More Than Life and Departures releasing some truly outstanding releases in the genre. With Love Is Not Enough, Casey have managed to release an album in a similar vein to their peers which, while being nothing new, manages to be an engaging and compelling listen from start to finish.

The main draw to this album is how emotional it sounds. The lyrics all sound honest and emotional without being overly contrived or cliche, mostly dealing with the fallout of a romantic relationship. The musicianship adds to the emotions expressed through the lyrics, with the guitar work evoking all kinds of emotions. From the more direct and aggressive tracks such as Bloom, Little Bird, Ceremony, and Mourning to the more sombre and melodic tracks such as Darling, Haze, and Passion Flowers, the guitars all perfectly evoke the mood of their respective songs.

Likewise, vocalist Tom Weaver's vocals are all performed with honesty and conviction. While he mostly uses the screamed vocals that are typically associated with the genre, he also makes use of softer, clean vocals where needed, with some tracks mainly utilising this more melodic approach with the vocals (most notably Darling and Doubt). On occasion, Weaver also makes use of spoken word vocals on Passion Flowers and parts of Little Bird. None of the vocals sound out of place, and compliment the musicianship perfectly. As well as this, Michael McGough from Being as an Ocean provides vocals for the chorus of Ceremony, adding to the versatility of the vocals.

Overall, this is an incredibly superb debut album from the band which showed a lot of promise. Aggressive and intense, yet also mellow and introspective when it needs to be, Love Is Not Enough is a great album for anyone into Post Hardcore or any other form of aggressive/emotional music.

Stand out tracks:

Little Bird
Darling
Haze
Passion Flowers
Ceremony


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Kurai
December 24th 2018


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another album which sorely needed a review, and plus since Casey are disbanding next year, it felt like the right time to add one.

Snake.
December 24th 2018


21280 Comments


still haven't checked this whew

SteakByrnes
December 24th 2018


14163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yea brother, this album is so good

Kurai
December 24th 2018


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it's brilliant. I'm seeing them play it in full on their farewell tour in London in May (and then seeing them play Where I Go When I Am Sleeping in full the very next day) and I'm super excited about it.

JayEnder
December 24th 2018


2838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yes! Good review dude. Haze gives me chills every damn time. Overall I like this better than their new one but the new one is growing on me hard.

Kurai
December 24th 2018


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree that it's better than the new album, but that album is still great in it's own right (I placed it fourth in my top 10 albums of this year)

Pheromone
December 27th 2018


6641 Comments


Listened to bits of this for the first time the other day, weirdly enough! I liked it a bit, but the vocals sorta irked me

Digging: The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time

Kurai
December 30th 2018


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can imagine this vocal style is an acquired taste for some. For someone like me who's a sucker for this kind of thing (i.e. Touche Amore, Departures, Pianos Become the Teeth etc), I love the vocals and how passionate they sound.

outliers
January 2nd 2019


379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ARE YOU FUCKING HAPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY



glad to see this was reviewed, and sad to see these guys go

JayEnder
January 2nd 2019


2838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just bought their discog on vinyl in honor of them ending the band. Tragic... these dudes were the most underrated melocore band in the game hands down.

AgentDeathbat
January 2nd 2019


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was amazing while it lasted.

Digging: Deftones - Diamond Eyes

Kurai
January 23rd 2019


111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"these dudes were the most underrated melocore band in the game hands down."



Departures though...









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