Release Date: Jul 11, 2006
Label: Metal Blade
Genres: Death Metal/Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Grindcore
Number Of Tracks: 10
2006's release of Delenda is a ten track work of art that is sure to take the band, and the genre as a whole to new levels.
VeloriumCamper, on september 06, 2006 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: From A Second Story Window (FASSW from here on out), since releasing their 2004 record Not A Single Word Has Been Omitted have been one of the "buzzword" bands of the metalcore genre. However, 2006's release of Delenda is a ten track work of art that is sure to take the band, and the genre as a whole to new levels. The album kicks off with a three minute introduction. Why the band chose to do this is beyond me. It feels almost like filler, and is entirely too long. It is honestly one of the few distractions on the album. Much to the listeners luck though, the second song, "Soft Green Fields", turns the brutal dial to 15. The song kicks off with a lightning fast assault of intense guitar and incredible drumming. As fast as that happens, it breaks down into incredible bass-tuned death metal growling which is so tight to the breakdown, it almost feels melodic. If you can't tell from the first song alone, FASSW really raises the bar in terms of the technical influence of their music. The whole album is filled with an incredible amount of tempo and time signature changes. As with many metal-influenced genres today, the mathematical influence is undeniable. The overly long second track segues into the blisteringly fast guitar of "A Piece Of History Written In English". Amusingly of course, the vocals are barely recognizable English. But that is completely fine with me. // 9
Lyrics: As mentioned earlier, there is a significant amount of death metal growling. While this might be one of the vocals most apparent features, the other inclusion in the vocal department is that of black metal screaming. The combo of these two similar, yet different styles adds up to be a great amalgam. Song three ends with singing, something you probably aren't expecting at this point in the album. But the superb vocalists of FASSW even manage to pull this off expertly. "Dark Waters Of Thought" is a true experiment in time signatures and musicianship. At times the guitars and music overall seem to be slowing, while double-bass drum beats blast faster and faster. This time and speed divergence, coupled with the overall shift of tempos throughout the song really make for a pleasant and unique experience. After one more brutal assault with "Oracles And Doorsteps", an elegantly guitar laced, and bass heavy instrumental comes next. "For Those Lost" is a great reprieve on the constant brutality of the music, while still showing their musicianship.
"The Crusher" is another very intense song. While it may be a good song, in touch with the rest of the album, I find it a little long and repetitive. I might lose interest if it weren't for the excellent guitar work at the end of the song, and the knowledge of the song to come next. Speaking of "Ghosts Over Japan", say hello to your ballad. And not just any ballad, this song is a beautiful piano ballad. I find the lyrics of the song like, "Seems like forever since this song began", a little out of place; almost like he's searching for words. Talking about the song during the song is like breaking the fourth wall in theater, it just doesn't work. Vocally, all the notes are hit very well, and is quite in tune with the rest of the music. The instrumental center part of the song, coupled with some decently heavy bass drumming is an excellent combo. // 9
Overall Impression: The album concludes with "These Lights Above Us" and "Mouring For Morning". The former of the two is another song that flows with the rest of the CD, and after the ballad, gets you ready for a finish. Finally, "Mourning For Morning", one of those "epic" 8 minute long tracks. It combines everything in the album into one 8 minute capsule. To sum it all up, From A Second Story Window - Delenda is a seriously intense metalcore album, and my favorite such genre release of 2006. While the album packs really great musicianship, technicality, and mathematical elements, I find it to be a little repetitive at times. Also, with the epic end track, and opening intro, the album has a bit of filler. // 9
carrotcake, on june 13, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This band is very talented when it comes to playing. They always make every one of their songs interesting. Their songs are very lengthy too; which is something I like in a band. The guitarists Rob Hileman and Dereck Vasconi are amazing. I don't think I could find one part in "Delenda" that was repeated. There is always a different guitar riff every couple of seconds. The singer is amazing, he has a high pitched kind of scream and a somewhat low type of scream. Now, many people would here one of From A Second Story's songs and say, "There's too much sreaming!" No, Will can also sing... very well. My favorite member of the band would have to be Joe, their bassist. Unlike most bassists in bands, he's kind of the leader. And a very good bassist. Other than that this bands sound is amazing and they are very talented. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics can be a little confusing at times but they are very emotional at times. Many songs in "Delenda" relate with ships out on sea with sailors and all that. The songs are actually kind of like a story. It's kind of like a play because in the lyrics it's actual people talking! I thought it was very interesting when I saw this. There lyrics will remind you of certain people or of nothing at all. You just have to pay attention to them. My favorite song would probably be "A peice of history written in english," and my favorite part of that song would have to be when Will says, "This is a new beginning. I hold the sunin my hands." I think what he's saying is that the world is starting to change by the choices people make. // 8
Overall Impression: This band is very good playing wise and lyricly. I could compare this to other artists since From A Second Story Window isn't my favorite band. Some artists that I could compare them to would be Between the Buried and Me, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Silverstein. What I love about this band is the effort and passion in their music. They give it there all when it comes to playing. I don't I could say something that I hate about this band. Overall they are a good band and very accomplished in what they do. // 9