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Released: Jun 06, 2011
Genre: Metalcore / Post-Hardcore
Label: Rise Records
Number Of Tracks: 10
Fans of metal-core will certainly not be disappointed by this New Jersey quintet's debut album, Great Faith In Fools.
Great Faith In Fools
Metallidethium, on august 03, 2011 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Fans of metal-core will certainly not be disappointed by this New Jersey quintet's debut album, Great Faith In Fools. Despite not breaking any new ground with this album, The Air I Breathe sets their sound apart from other bands flooding the genre and label. The guitar work Cam Baptista and Jesse Butler lifts this album above mediocrity and into talks of metal-core album of the year. The riff through the breakdown at the end of Here's To Letting Go is pure poetry in motion and the guitar solo in The Awakening is extremely well done. Greg Diamond, behind the kit, is no slouch either, supplying many machine gun double bass rhythms throughout.
Still, though, the traditional ingredients for an album of this nature are there including bass bombs, clean choruses, manipulated screams (the stutter effect as I like to call it) and breakdowns. While this will certainly attract metal-core fans to the album, it may repel those who have deemed this sound generic and overdone. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics are probably the worst part of the album. The screams are definitely well done, as Tony Dougard's grainy voice lends perfectly to the sound of the album, but the lyrics are cliche lost love lyrics more often than not. Also, the clean vocals, although well done, sometimes feel forced and remind you that you are indeed listening to a Rise Records band. If these lyrics hit home for you, then that is absolutely great, but they are nothing to really write home about. // 6
Overall Impression: Don't let the fact that Rise Records put out this CD turn you away from listening to it. This may be a metal-core album but the brilliant guitar work and the brutal vocals, minus the cleans sprinkled in, really set the band apart from the rest of the label.
Killer songs: The Inevitable, Here's To Letting Go, and The Awakening. // 8
Great Faith In Fools
ninjagayden777, on may 15, 2012 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 9
Lyrics: 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. // 7
Overall Impression: 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". // 8