Fear Before
Odd How People Shake



by Darknessca USER (4 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 86 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Album: Odd How People Shake
Label: Equal Vision/Rise Records
Web: [url]www.marchofflames.com[/url] (for songs: [url]www.purevolume.com/fearbeforethemarchofflames[/url]

Adam Fisher- guitar/vocals
Brandon Proff - drums
Dave Marion- screams
Mike Madruga - bass

Fear Before the March of Flames began in July 2002 in a Denver, Colorado suburb. After less than a year in exitence, they recorded their debut cd "Odd How People Shake" and released it on Rise Records. Eventually, the band was picked up by Equal Vision, home to Alexisonfire and Coheed and Cambria. In June 2004, it was re-released complete with live videos in a digi-pack.

Looking upon the cd, you can get a sense of the chaos that is Fear Before the March of Flames. However many artist attempts at being chaotic yet listenable usually doesn't work....does FBTMOF pull it off? The first song, Fashion Tips Baby is fully of dancy riffs and has great scream/sing trade off. Dave shows off not only his lighter scream but also a very dark almost death-metalish one. The guitar switches riffs frequently but it all seems to work perfectly. (Now, one note....the lyrics are in the booklet. But they are completly out of order, and sometimes they dont even say all of the lyrics, it can be confusing.) Go Wash Your Mouth...I Don't Know Where It's Been kicks in next, slower than the first song but still keeping an almost chaotic feel to it. As it ends, the soft withdawn beginning to Given To Dreams begins (however it is somehow attached to the end of track 2....) and is a nice break from the usual sound:

She cried when she found it. It's feathers were matted and pressed to its side.
It's wings were no longer able, still she begged it to fly.
It's body as frail as paper and wet from her tears
She knelt in the damp grass, praying it to heaven
gently pressing it head to her heart

Stereo sound is perfect for Given To Dreams....as soon as it kicks in Dave's screams come out one speaker, and then the other..."The Devil's in/ The Daughters Room" and then, both vocalists share together in chaotic harmony "The will be no second knife (There will be a second knife)". Girls Got A Face Like Murder is another short song (under 2 minutes) and kicks off with fast riffs....but slows down. It's not the highlight of the cd, but it holds its own. The Libson Girls, Oh The Libson Girls shows off the dual vocal attack that Adam and David have. Instead, like so many other bands, trading just singing/screaming they both scream together, with very different screams. Before you can take a breath, The 20th Century Was Entirely Mine engulfs your speakers with Adam and David again trading off screams/screams and scream/singing at just the right moments. The beautifully written Sarah Goldfarb, Where Are Your Manners again shows of the lyrical talent possessed by the two writers (although in this case, Adam). The simple guitar opening of On The Brightside, She Could Choke leads you to, most likely, the best song on this cd. All David screams is "As he's dying in his dreams, I hope you're choking in your sleep. Try and Breath. Justice push the pillow down" but it never gets old. Adam comes in with amazing lyrics of his own:

"My sweet I wish you the best in your sleep. Im dragging you down to my dreams. Lay your head down try to rest"

"You left him sweating summer nights
Face Down: Foreplay with the streets
A salt to garnish his wounds
and you just danced your way home"

I bet you love this don't you.
Now peel back the skin dear, peel back his skin
and he smiles and he's only smiling to deny the pain

Easily a good catchy song to sing alone to. Motelroom.Grandpiano can't live up to the previous song, but it definetly holds its own. The final song, What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas is a good closer for the cd, with a lot of start/stop guitar work as well as some weird noises tossed in. As it ends, the 8-minute long piano ending, composed for guitar, helps close off the cd well. It's kind of ironic that such beautiful piano driven instrumental would close such a brutal and chaotic record, but it works.

Rating: 4/5
Recommended Tracks: Fashion Tips Baby, The Libson Girls Oh The Libson Girls, On The Brightside She Could Choke

For Fans of: The Blood Brothers...these guys really come onto their own though, its hard to compare them to anyone. check out their purevolume.com site...it has 4 tracks from the cd, and 2 from their new one "Art Damage" coming out September 7th.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
August 11th 2004


I love this band. They're original and have a good mix of screamo/emo, metalcore, and even some pop-rock elements. I recently saw them live and they were incredible.

August 11th 2004


I'm going to see them live on the 23rd. I know 1 other person going for them, im going to feel like an idiot jumping around myself but hey, its worth it.

August 11th 2004


I haven't heard this band (though I might check them out with my newfound taste for screamo), but that's a good review. One problem though - you haven't given the album a final score out of 5.

August 11th 2004


Album Rating: 3.0

On The Brightside, She Could Choke is such an amazing song. Like Buddy said, it combines so many genres, from the happy pop-punk intro to the frantic screamed/sung verses. Excellent review.

August 11th 2004


PS. They played a LOT of new songs when I saw them, and it seems they're going in a heavier direction. The clean vocals are fewer and when they are done it's not in a poppy way, hard to explain. If you go listen to the new song they have up on PureVolume, it's pretty much all like that.

40 oz 2 freedom
August 11th 2004


I'm just starting to get into this band, but they are so good.

August 13th 2004


[QUOTE=Bartender]I haven't heard this band (though I might check them out with my newfound taste for screamo), but that's a good review. One problem though - you haven't given the album a final score out of 5.[/QUOTE]

arghhh! caught up in it all, i forgot the most important part. Thanks for reminding me, I added it.

August 13th 2004


Hmm, I liked On the Bright Side She Could Choke..the screaming is fantastic! Very catchy screamo..

August 13th 2004


Downloaded a few songs, :thumb:, on a completely different note, does anyone else really like the colors on the album cover?

August 13th 2004


i've already downloaded their songs from purevolume,
i am just wondering if they sell this cd at big stores like bestbuy.

August 14th 2004


I have seen it at Best Buy, as well as Virgin Records.

August 16th 2004


It should be, especially because of the re-release.

August 17th 2004


I just downloaded On The Bright Side, She Could Choke. Great song.

August 19th 2004


Its my favourite song of that cd. if you go to www.livejournal.com and look for March of Flames community, the lyrics are up there. In the exact order they are played, mind you. So its easier to follow!

September 3rd 2004


I downloaded On The Brightside, She Could Choke at my friends house and was blown away! I'm going to have to order this album off amazon. Good review by the way :thumb:
Can someone review Art Damage when it's out?

September 3rd 2004


I just pre-ordered it from Interpunk. Comes with a free shirt.

September 3rd 2004


Album Rating: 3.0

I heard "Hey Kid, I'm a Computer..." and it's alot heavier like you said Buddy. I think I like the old poppier stuff a little bit more but no doubt Art Damage will be a great CD.

September 6th 2004


I think this should easily be a 5/5.

November 16th 2004


[QUOTE=TrailOfTragedy]I think this should easily be a 5/5.[/QUOTE]

Definitely. "Fashion Tips, Baby" and "Given To Dreams" are the best songs in my opinion, but the whole album is amazing. What extras are on the CD, as I read it was enhanced?

December 10th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

on the brightside.... is one of those song everyone loves. I wish tehy would play it live but fair play to them for not.This Message Edited On 12.09.05

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