Sound — 9
By this point, Rise Records have earned a mixed reputation. On one hand, they're home to some of the most enjoyable metalcore and post hardcore bands active today (Miss May I, Hot Water Music, Dance Gavin Dance). On the other hand, they're also home to some of the most generic currently operating metalcore bands (That's Outrageous!, Before Their Eyes). So where do The Air I Breathe fall in? New signees to Rise/Velocity, TAIB play a surprisingly technical form of metalcore that is equal parts Born Of Osiris and The Word Alive. While breakdowns are still a part of their music, the rhythms are more complex than standard eighth note chugs making that aspect of their music almost refreshing. But their guitarists have more tricks up their sleeves than that. The album is full of fast riffs, sweeps, taps, and solos, making the experience far more enjoyable from a technical standpoint (the song "For What It's Worth" being a prime example). The bass keeps pace with the guitars well, and the drums can be absolutely insane at times. Definitely top tier musically, not just as far as Rise is concerned, but modern metalcore in general.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics, while not horrible, sure aren't groundbreaking. They cover standard topics, from general aggression and hatred to self reflection. The more important focus here is on the vocal skills. Their screamer has a unique voice. Sticking mainly to lows (even his highs are relatively low), he has a gravely tone that gets their points across well. The cleans are nothing new, but soar with epic precision over the music when incorporated.
Overall Impression — 8
The Air I Breathe have a long way to come before they'll be recognized as something more than just another metalcore band, but "Great Faith In Fools" is a great start. The musical aspects of the band are pleasing, and the vocals, while not entirely unique, definitely aren't bad. See, people? Rise can occasionally grab an interesting band. For fans of: Born Of Osiris, The Human Abstract, The Word Alive. Recommended tracks: "Deliverance", "For What It's Worth", "Here's To Letting Go".