Prayer for Cleansing
Rain In Endless Fall



August 1st, 2006 | 24 replies

Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

By a show of hands, how many people here like Between the Buried and Me"

I'll assume there was quite a fair amount of hands up and rightfully so, I mean Between the Buried and Me is awesome. I have to ask, though, how many of you BTBaM fans have heard what Tommy and Paul (aka: the brains and brawn behind BTBaM) were doing before they visited a silent Alaskan circus" Up until a few months ago, I'd only heard mentions of their prior work, and because it went along with the Metalcore tag, me and my naivete shrugged it off. Recently, however, I've become a little more open to the possibilities, by realizing not every Metalcore release follows the trends, especially ones that were released before the trends existed. Not unlike Jay-Z, I brushed any pre-conceived notions off my shoulder and got myself a copy of The Rain in Endless Fall. I'm thankful I did, it's a super wicked album.

Moving on...

The album was originally released in 1999, but was re-released and re-mastered (poorly) in 2003. What I mean by the "poorly" is that the re-mastering sounds incomplete. Marc Duncan played bass on the album, but you'd never know by listening. I guess they ran out of money midway through, or maybe just spaced on the bass, because honestly it's a struggle to even hear faint remnants of it. I only heard a few tracks from the original album, though, and I can attest that they sounded much, much worse.

What this album does well lies in its variation. It's technical, though not to the nth degree like, say, Alaska. There are several vocal styles on the album, and no, Tommy Rogers does not take care of them in PFC, he plays guitar. Dave Anthem is the band's vocalist, and throughout the album he grunts, growls, talks and sings. The clean sung vocals aren't the greatest, but luckily they're only found on Feinbhas A Ghabhail. While the band does have breakdowns, they vary in both style and tempo, and never seem overused. There's some nice interesting touches on the album, too, such as the acoustic/blastbeat (though it's a pretty slow blastbeat) trade-off at the start of Bael Na Mblath. If you're expecting Selkies style solos, you'll probably be disappointed. The band has three guitarists, but solos are sparse on the album. That's not to say there isn't a fair share of complexity to be found, however. I suppose they decided that unnecessary wankery would be, well, unnecessary. The album is full of headbangable moments, along with adequate variation and occasional atmosphere. It's still not-atypical to the genre, though, but as I said they were a major influence and so it's understandable that they sound like the bands that are currently ripping them off, which I'll get to in a minute. It's your basic melo-death Swedish influenced riffing interchanged with a hardcore slant, and it's definitely just a slant, I most definitely feel confident in saying it's more of a metal album than anything.

If there's a sad catch-22 with being a band who had high influence on a genre, it's that once that the album's been re-released, you've basically heard it all, often times done much better. While re-releasing an influential album in a now popular genre does give the band adequate exposure, it also sort of kills it for some people, and I mean, a now defunct band with members in a well established band really isnt starving for exposure. I've personally never heard the original pressing, as I'm sure most of you haven't either, but I can imagine that in a sense it could perhaps kill it for some people, as childish as it seems. Fans of the original may remember it to be a lot better than it really was, I guess you could say. Now, I'm not going to say Between the Buried and Me is better than Prayer for Cleansing, because that goes without saying; they basically took the groundwork laid by this band and built upon it. Prayer for Cleansing was a highly influential band, no doubt, but I'm glad they're no more. Their demise spawned a much better, much more interesting band in Between the Buried and Me. While I'm on the topic of faults, I should talk about the lyrics. I won't go so far as to say they're bad, but rather I'll go one step further and say they're downright terrible. They typically "vary" from generic suicidal masochistic hyperbole (as I stare in disbelief, blood drains from open wrists) to contrived "dark" (see: uninteresting) poetry (the aptly titled Sonnet is a prime example of this), though I do commend the band for being a lot less preachy than you'd expect them to be, I mean, they're a vegan straight edge band, but don't get your hopes up, they still manage to throw in some inane references throughout the livejournalesque blubbering. The lyrics are definitely the weakest point on the album, I mean, "waking from eternal slumber to find my wrists slit open". Not only is that silly, but it makes no sense. It's not poetic, it's just stupid.

The problem with this album is that, while it was obviously influential, there's definitely been much progression (and regression, I guess) within the genre. It's all done well, but when you put it up to the newer work that flourishes within the genre, especially that of PFC alumni Tommy Rogers and Paul Waggoner, it pales in comparison. Definitely check it out if you're a fan of the genre, or Between the Buried and Me (drummer Will Goodyear was also in the band at one point), you should definitely get your hands on a copy of this album, you shouldn't be disappointed as long as you don't take the lyrics too seriously. They're really the only major fault I could find.

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August 1st 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

I'm no expert on metalcore, so don't scold me!

August 1st 2006


Album Rating: 3.5


I'm still weary on the genre, but this is a solid release. I still prefer BTBaM though.

October 11th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

This album was released originally in 1999; well before the metalcore genre ever emerged, providing one great band per 10,000 shit bands. This is one of those great bands in my book, sadly it was their only release. I think Black Metalcore would be a slightly better description, as they certainly should not be catagorized with modern metalcore mediocricy. And everyone thought Killswitch engage created the genre...

I have a theory on what has become the trend of metalcore bashing. I'm not getting into it here, but this album does not deserve the automatic disrespect it will receive.

October 10th 2007


Thanks for this review dude, when I searched Prayer For Cleansing I didn't think it would be on the site. Essential.

November 26th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Feinbhas A Ghabhail's singing sounds like the Nick Hexum from 311.

November 26th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, excuse my butchering of the English language.

February 21st 2008


lol band description is horrible

July 17th 2008


There are moments in this that are just like "WOW" and result in you headbanging like crazy. Too often though these moments dont last long enough and you end up listening to above average metalcore for 3 minutes before the next "WHEY" moment.

July 17th 2008


i bought this cd six years ago and wasnt too impressed. by then the silent circus had already taken over the underground and spiraled out of control. check out from here on. tommy giles sings in that band and theyre sick. only 6 songs on that album but go check it out.

October 9th 2008


The lyrics bring down the band but other than that this is a good album.

January 2nd 2009


I'm jamming to The Tragedy now and it's awesome.

Digging: CZARFACE - Every Hero Needs a Villain

July 16th 2009


Album Rating: 5.0

would I love this if I heard it for the first time today? probably not as much. But at the time I first heard this it was definitely one of the most fun albums I had heard and really got me into a lot of this kind of stuff. Lyrics were terrible, but this is still a classic album to me.

October 5th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

It's weird to think about Tommy Rogers playing guitar and not doing any vocals. Why did he make the switch with BTBAM? Checking this out...

January 21st 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

album rules

June 30th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty damn good album Sonnet and Feinbhas a Ghabhail are great.

Lyrics are really laughable though.

January 14th 2011


riffs are so good fellas

March 10th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

very true.

April 25th 2011


Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album

March 13th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Huzzah, good death/metalcore!

Digging: From Autumn To Ashes - Too Bad You're Beautiful

May 28th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

Guitars are way too loud in the mix compared to everything else, but other than that it's a good album.

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