Imperial review by In Fear and Faith

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  • Released: Jun 15, 2010
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (18 votes)
In Fear and Faith: Imperial
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Sound — 8
A year doesn't seem like a large amount of time for a group to manifest a new release and extinguish the constructive criticism laid upon them, but it was enough for In Fear And Faith. The San Diego post-hardcore group quietly scratched at the pop metalcore tag glued to their first album and gave themselves a new tattoo. The sound from the six-piece on Imperial is monumental as the mid-2000s' hardcore riffs and chaotic yet rythmic drum taps echo throughout "Bones" and "Live, Love, Redeux". Melodies and track progression on the album may not seem significant but the impact of each song supports the alternating vocals and creates a sense of maturity derived from a lack of restraint.

Lyrics — 8
That fearless attitude is what drives Imperial as a whole. Most metalcore acts born in the past two years focus on entertaining that mainstream-gone-goth fan who adores vocals they can't comprehend over a cluster of noise. Both Cody Anderson and Scott Barnes pass the mic back and forth, leaving time for each other to breathe and transcend from unclean tones that echo Underoath's Spencer Chamberlain to a crisp wail most synth metalcore bands would die for. "The High Life" shows a comprehensive side of both Anderson and Barnes while "Afterthought" and "Counselor" make sure to surface more Underoath comparisons. It seems bias to place In Fear And Faith next to such a major label artist, especially when the sound doesn't go beyond what's generic, but the way the group has evolved in the vocal department puts numerous similarities on display which includes well-crafted lyrics and hooks that take a baseball to your knees and haunt your ears.

Overall Impression — 8
If Imperial was issued back in 2004, it would undeniably be a topic critics and the like are still discussing. It would have sold thousands of copies and propelled the group to new heights and bigger stages, leaving room for more growth. But since its 2010, Imperial comes off as a b-sides album from your favourite aging post-hardcore artist. The release is impressive, it's worth more than just a few listens and intrigues from start to finish, but its not astounding. Since its only In Fear And Faith's second record, it doesn't have to be as their musical presence can only grow and get substantially louder and a tad bit more experimental.

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    ßorn_dead
    na10tbolt wrote: Isn't that the name of a Circa Survive song?
    I'm sure a lot of bands have a song named "Imperial".
    huevos
    EpiExplorer wrote: Boxiii wrote: This album was really disappointing, the screamer sounds like he's some highschool kid in his first band, and the songs just don't stand out. So is all post hardcore..?
    STFU. Even though it's true for the majority of PHC/x-core bands (where x = any ****ing word you can think of).
    jjd07
    orn_dead wrote: na10tbolt wrote: Isn't that the name of a Circa Survive song? I'm sure a lot of bands have a song named "Imperial".
    he's talking about "In Fear and Faith" not imperial.. no biggie
    EDTanguma
    t
    barden1069 wrote: bassthunder wrote: Porto wrote: Ok all other discussions aside, wtf does "well-crafted lyrics and hooks that take a baseball to your knees and haunt your ears" mean?? It means that, while the lyrics and hooks are well-written, they are undead monstrosities that will stop at nothing to incapacitate you with sporting equipment (i.e. baseballs), making it easier for them to possess your ears. Why sporting equipment? That is something we can never truly understand. Food for thought. Lol. Well explained.
    Win
    EpiExplorer
    Boxiii wrote: This album was really disappointing, the screamer sounds like he's some highschool kid in his first band, and the songs just don't stand out.
    So is all post hardcore..?
    Boxiii
    This album was really disappointing, the screamer sounds like he's some highschool kid in his first band, and the songs just don't stand out.
    Hobobski
    Dont't IFAF have 4 albums anyways? Scream 'Til Your Last Dream (just a demo), Voyage, Your World On Fire, and Imperial?
    theluvshak
    While this is not the best album to ever be released, I have to give it to In Fear and Faith, because it is a massive step up the maturity footpath for them. Their previous efforts, while great to listen to, were almost gimicky in their pirate themes. Its great to have a couple of songs that play on the pirate-esque themes, but they made a great move in shaking that off for imperial. Its a well constructed album from start to finish that I went to the effort of preordering here in Australia. Very few bands make me want to do that (Thrice and Norma Jean are on that list), and I'm in no way regretting my decission to order it. It's great to see them on the front page of ultimate-guitar, because maybe with a bit more recognitition they'll step up another notch on their next release and make an even better album. 8 is a good rating IMO.
    scottishmob
    "If Imperial was issued back in 2004, it would undeniably be a topic critics and the like are still discussing." ...you mean WOULD BE. Errors happen, but to use this as the tag to a front page review? What a joke.
    bassthunder
    Porto wrote: Ok all other discussions aside, wtf does "well-crafted lyrics and hooks that take a baseball to your knees and haunt your ears" mean??
    It means that, while the lyrics and hooks are well-written, they are undead monstrosities that will stop at nothing to incapacitate you with sporting equipment (i.e. baseballs), making it easier for them to possess your ears. Why sporting equipment? That is something we can never truly understand. Food for thought.
    barden1069
    bassthunder wrote: Porto wrote: Ok all other discussions aside, wtf does "well-crafted lyrics and hooks that take a baseball to your knees and haunt your ears" mean?? It means that, while the lyrics and hooks are well-written, they are undead monstrosities that will stop at nothing to incapacitate you with sporting equipment (i.e. baseballs), making it easier for them to possess your ears. Why sporting equipment? That is something we can never truly understand. Food for thought.
    Lol. Well explained.
    Porto
    Ok all other discussions aside, wtf does "well-crafted lyrics and hooks that take a baseball to your knees and haunt your ears" mean??
    Bjorney
    CG138 wrote: If Imperial was issued back in 2004, it would undeniably be a topic critics and the like are still discussing. That means absolutely nothing. If the latest Indiana Jones flick released 2 years on the heels of The Last Crusade, people would have shit themselves over the visual quality. It didn't come out then, and because of that, we all see it for the steaming pile that it is.
    So you are agreeing with the reviewer?
    CG138
    If Imperial was issued back in 2004, it would undeniably be a topic critics and the like are still discussing.
    That means absolutely nothing. If the latest Indiana Jones flick released 2 years on the heels of The Last Crusade, people would have shit themselves over the visual quality. It didn't come out then, and because of that, we all see it for the steaming pile that it is.
    -J Krist-
    saw these guys yesterday at warped. awesome show, no crowd though... weird.
    ComeInnerEar
    EpiExplorer wrote: Boxiii wrote: This album was really disappointing, the screamer sounds like he's some highschool kid in his first band, and the songs just don't stand out. So is all post hardcore..?
    +1