People usually start a band because they love to play music together, because they think that they can bring something fresh to music, and because they have something to say. 32 Leaves did just that with their A Perfect Circle sounding debut “Welcome To The Fall” in 2005. It is now 2009 and this band has encountered being dropped from their label, to being picked up and dropped again, and now finally they decided to just release their sophomore album independently. I was highly anticipating the album, even more after they promised a deep album with no “jock jams” but instead, songs that have deep meaning and inspiration. Their music has been labeled for the pensive and the brooding. I think a more accurate label would be for the searching, and the motivated, for the free thinker, etc.
1. Intro (0:27) N/A
2. Protocol (2:50) 10/10
3. Disarray (2:42) 10/10
4. Way Beyond (3:54) 10/10
5. Seal My Fate (3:20) 10/10
6. Slave (3:36) 10/10
7. Sideways (3:20) 9/10
8. Human (3:51) 10/10
9. Erase All Memory (3:24) 10/10
10. Safe Haven (4:38) 10/10
11. Endless Shadow (4:02) 10/10
12. No Meaning (2:55) 10/10
13. Only Want To Mend (3:59) 10/10
Overall: 13 tracks, @ 42:20 10/10
This album is great. A modern hard rock band that manages to sound like nobody else but themselves. These songs are urgent, and are lyrically and vocally strong. The guitars are noodly and fool of effects. If I had to compare them though I would say they are a mix of A Perfect Circle and 10 Years; 10 Years is my favorite band so this is a huge compliment from me. These songs just have atmosphere and attitude. These songs make you feel and listen; instead of just listening. One of my favorite melodic hard rock albums of 2009.