I know this band is something-core; I am just not sure which one. With song titles like "Love To Hate, Hate To Me", "The Shooting Star That Destroyed Us All" and "A Song for a Broken Heart", you almost know what to expect. It's got the high-powered crunching guitars, tantrum screams, and wait, what's this? An emotional breakdown with twinkly guitars and strained vocals? Shocking! The time is right for A Static Lullaby, with Thursday and Thrice signing to majors and the Used receiving coverage on TRL. This band has the right formula to become everybody's favorite new band. But, if you're looking for something more, put this CD down and pick up the new Blood Brothers album.
I'm making up a new genre for these bands: banal-core.
The most fun thing I found with this CD were the song titles. The music itself combines "emo", metalcore, and pop to make something that is radio friendly and "edgy" at the same time. My favorite part about the music is the screaming, but it gets destroyed by the whiney backups that quickly become an ear sore. I don't like vocals like Dashboard Confessional or New Found Glory, so if you like those, they might be your bag. The screaming seems out of place too, and could be better with music behind that is more fitting. Certain parts in the songs are interesting and show some originality, but are quickly shattered by the uninspired sound. If you like stuff like The Used, Taking Back Sunday, or if you shop at Hot Topic you'll probably enjoy this. Not the most original band, but they are decent, and somewhat good at being generic. Alright for a first full length, shows potential for future releases.
Tolerable but tossable. This CD is filled with that modern hardcore edge mixed with pop melodies that the kids are going nuts about these days. This is nothing new in anyway, but it does have a few catchy songs. The background singers are sub-par, while the frontman pulls off some decent screams most of the time. If you're a fan of Poison the Well, From Autumn to Ashes, and pop-punk bands, listen to this stuff. It'll be the stuff you can still get scene points for when From Autumn To Ashes moves to a major.
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