Can't Live Can't Breathe Review

artist: The Confession date: 12/09/2009 category: compact discs
The Confession: Can't Live Can't Breathe
Released: Oct 11, 2008
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Resist Records
Number Of Tracks: 8
Can't Live, Can't Breathe is the debut EP by Melbourne hardcore band, Confession.
 Sound: 7.5
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 8
Can't Live Can't Breathe Reviewed by: WILL MURRAY, on january 17, 2009
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Sound: Containing ex-members of some notable Australian hardcore bands; including vocalist Michael Crafter (I Killed The Prom Queen, Bury Your Dead, Carpathian) and guitarist Dan Brown (50 Lions); this EP release had a lot of hype surrounding it. Crafters screaming has certainly evolved, and he seems to use some of his clean singing heard on early prom queen releases throughout this release. Breakdowns are not misused on this album either. Confession could not be called straight hardcore on this release with obvious metal/metalcore influences. // 7

Lyrics: If you are not yet aware, all of the song names on this release are that of popular rap/hip hop songs. Including titles such as 'Ice Ice Baby' and 'You Can't Touch This'. Although all the songs are named after other songs, the only cover on the album is 'Ship of Beers'(originally done by Frenzal Rhomb). The lyrics throughout the EP seem to revolve around low points in life with the song, 'Mirrors' being written about drug addiction. As previously stated, Michael Crafter has improved his vocal technique and range since his previous bands. He does all the clean singing on this EP, and seems to make the transition quite easily. // 9

Overall Impression: This release from Confession has given them a very solid foothold in the Australian hardcore scene of 2009. For the bands first release, it definitely lives up to the hype that it's famous members have brought it. You should definitely check this out if you are a fan of I Killed The Prom Queen, and be ready to see these guys a lot more in 2009. Most impressive songs on this release: Ice Ice Baby, Mirrors and Let's Talk About Sex. // 8

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overall: 8
Can't Live Can't Breathe Reviewed by: Revenger#11, on december 09, 2009
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Michael Crafter is the biggest name in the Australian Hardcore scene. As well as fronting bands such as I Killed The Prom Queen, Carpathian and Bury Your Dead(USA) in the past, he has helped unearth talented Australian bands such as Parkway Drive and The Red Shore. The band he is currently fronting out of Melbourne is Confession. This is their first EP and it has a sound that I found to be very attention catching. It is essentially a "Hardcore" band but the band seems to seamlessly incorporate punk beats, along with a LOT of melody and even some "Metalcore" riffs and breakdowns. The guitar work on this album reminds me a touch of "Misery Signals" at times with intricate melodies as well as heavy riffs. The bass hums around in the background creating a nice low end and interlocking with the drums. The drums are standard hardcore fare and do their job well without being spectacular. Overall an interesting and captivating sound for my ears. // 8

Lyrics: Lyrics are pretty standard, usually about life and all things related. There are some nice metaphors and some good imagery used in the lyrics One liners such as "Your Life Is A Shipwreck" on Let's Talk About Sex and "You Will Go Down With The Ship" on Mirrors solidify the themes of all things oceanic which are present throughout this 8 track EP. Crater's vocal skills are improving especially his growls which compliment his hardcore bellow quite well. His scattered attempts at clean vocals are interesting and something they incorporate a lot more into their first full length. Not the most talented vocalist, but Crafter does a very serviceable job. // 7

Overall Impression: The sound is not your ordinary hardcore band, they throw in a unique mix of very melodic moments as well as heavy moments and breakdowns. Some of the most impressive songs are: Mirrors, Let's Talk About Sex, Bust A Move. They also have a Frenzal Bomb cover of Ship Of Beers, showcasing their punk rock side. It is very catchy and very good for a cover. I love the wall of sound and the way that they incorporate lots of melody into their music while having it still flow. The band's songwriting formula does need work because many songs have the same structure and there is not any songs breaking the mold. Overall, this is a very solid EP from a very promising band. The full length, Cancer is out now and it too is very good but if you are skeptical about the band, try this EP first. // 9

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