|Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal, Progressive Metal
High Impact Recordings, Metal Blade Records
September 5th, 2006
Release length: 39:05
Much of the music on this release is rather uninspired and bland. For as much of a progressive element there is, primarily in the way the choruses are executed, and the vocals are poorly harmonized when sung in the chorus, In The Disaster is the disaster itself. Yes, there are some heavy tracks on here, like “Lets Spark The Fire”, but the album starts off with some of the most generic melodic death riffs to ever be carried over into a metalcore album to date, and no, it doesn’t really get any better as far as original guitar riffs go. The only thing the band has going for them is that some songs are rather heavy, or there are some complex progressive-like riffs, like the first riff you are greeted with on “The Black Art”. The drumming is rather poor and could have been faster on many of the songs.
The only real perks on this happen to the vocals, the screaming, while nothing too extroadinary, is at least consistant. The problem is that when he’s not screaming, he’s singing, and the clean vocals simply sound beyond emo and are poorly harmonized, or, like on “The Black Art”, are completely off with the music. The guitar riff following the poor singing on that track during the breakdown, however, is really good and shows some promise. Another positive aspect of the release would be the breakdowns, which seems to be the only thing the band really does right, as they aren’t too over the top, but at the same time aren’t just one string played over and over with five second pauses between each stroke with the pick, and the solos on here are well done too. But, sadly, none of that can save this release from the fact that it’s very repetative in the structure of the songs. Practically every song has a screaming verse with sung chorus.
In The Disaster just isn’t that great a release, really. It may be a metalcore release mixed with progressive metal, but all it really sounds like is a combination of emo singing with some progressive solos, breakdowns, and every generic melodic death metal riff in the great book of metal. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this band, it is probably for the best. This is one release you could easily pass up.
01. Cold Summer – 3:14
02. In The Disaster – 3:23
03. Of Day Dream And Fantasy – 3:32
04. Lets Spark The Fire – 2:58
05. The Black Art – 4:53
06. Romance Creates Killers – 2:53
07. Amadeus – 4:08
08. Another Revolution – 3:02
09. Dying To Be Beautiful – 3:21
10. Skate Junktion – 4:23
11. Heroes Of Faith – 3:18
|Overall Score: 1.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.