Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
Feeling of Unity


3.5
great

Review

by industry plant USER (35 Reviews)
April 12th, 2019 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let me hear...the future.

Kobe-based sextet Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas made a name for themselves rather quickly by going all-in on the combination of electronicore and screamo. While the approach was rather rough at first, their fourth album Feeling of Unity showcases what is arguably the true depth of how good they are at combining the two—at least as of right now, as the album still showcases some of the band's hidden potential that they just can't seem to tap into just yet for one reason or another.

Minami's uncleans are absolutely top-notch and compliment So's cleans very well. Likewise, guitarist Taiki is at his best, coming in with some of the greatest riffs the band has ever written and is also at his best in terms of actual instrumentation, while the keyboards (also done by So) are utilized far more tastefully than before. If there's any member who hasn't shown improvement, it's drummer Tomonori—he's still the same standard scenecore drummer, although as of right now it's not that big of an issue. The general writing structure has also taken a massive level up; rather than songs randomly switching styles as they did throughout the previous albums (Dance & Scream being notorious for this), the band clearly defines what parts are meant to be heavy and which parts are meant to be more on the electro side without completely switching things up and causing confusion. The band's melodies have also seen a massive improvement, leading to songs such as stand-out "Let Me Hear" being irresistably catchy and infectious, with the high energy of the band only making it better. The lyricism is your standard scenecore writing; it's nothing really special, which is a shame because they're capable of doing much more.

Being an electronicore release, Feeling of Unity's production is obviously very polished, with shiny synths on top of the heavy, crunchy guitars and squeaky clean drums—make no mistake, this is the most polished album in the band's catalog. Unfortunately, it suffers from mixing problems that virtually every scene band seems to have; bassist Kei might as well not even be here, as the album's focus on everything else completely drowns his playing out. Ultimately, the mixing issues mean that most of what makes Feeling of Unity great is the general improvement of the band's instrumentation as well as their excellent sense of melody—most of the album's faults end up being minor in the long run, especially considering they've shown a massive will to improve in the other departments, as their reliance on instrumentation and melody isn't going to keep them running forever.

While Feeling of Unity may win over some skeptics, it definitely won't win over all of them. However, for those already happily settled in the village of Fear, and Loathing, it makes for another satisfying listen. While they may never be amongst the most revolutionary and influental bands outside of their genre and even remain somewhat divisive in general, if they can improve on the small amount of faults they have remaining, they could very well be one of the future pioneers of the genre's evolution.



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3.5
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WeepinnWillow
April 12th 2019


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://open.spotify.com/album/6jx1agEJ1VGvJR5d53oeQY

Constructive criticism appreciated. I've been digging the hell out of this album lately tbh

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veninblazer
April 12th 2019


10168 Comments


wasnt feeling it as hard but good review

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WeepinnWillow
April 12th 2019


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awww that's a shame

Jadmin
April 12th 2019


53 Comments


Didn't these guys do the first HxH 2011 ending

Get Low
April 12th 2019


6694 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pos'd. Don't care for this album, but Let Me Hear is a fucking jam.

SteakByrnes
April 12th 2019


15873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

These guys own so hard

Uzumaki
April 12th 2019


1666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, “Let Me Hear” fucking slaps. Their new album is decent as well.



Also gotta say it pleases me to no end to know someone else knows of the band My Eggplant Died Yesterday.

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WeepinnWillow
April 13th 2019


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My Eggplant Died Yesterday was an amazing band that died too soon and it hurts me that they only released one EP and dipped. So much potential.

Sabrutin
April 13th 2019


6440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Opener bangs so hard

WeepinnWillow
April 13th 2019


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Entire album bangs so hard

Uzumaki
April 13th 2019


1666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, heard them on a sampler several years ago, but never could find anything else from them. Sad they're no more, but ultimately not really surprised to hear that.

WeepinnWillow
April 13th 2019


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Uzumaki Their only EP should have some legal streams floating around if you look hard enough. Perhaps on YouTube?

Uzumaki
April 13th 2019


1666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I got a few methods and means; this isn't my first rodeo trying to track some stuff down. Thanks for your suggestion though!

WeepinnWillow
April 13th 2019


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright! If all else fails though, just hit me up and i'll send it to you through Google Drive

botb
April 13th 2019


13287 Comments


I was wondering who kept reviewing these scenecore bands that kept showing up, of course it’s a snide alt

WeepinnWillow
April 13th 2019


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't 5'd a BVB album so I can't possibly be Snide :P

DeadBitchAlexis
April 13th 2019


2258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Willow aint Snide hun

Uzumaki
April 13th 2019


1666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man!

Darius the Great
April 13th 2019


20921 Comments


Not every scenecore lover on the internet is snide you twit

RolyPoly
April 13th 2019


387 Comments


Snide paranoia



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