Fear Before - The Always Open Mouth review


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Band: Fear Before
Album: The Always Open Mouth
Release date: 2006

01. Absolute Future
02. Drowning The Old Hag
03. Mouth
04. Taking Cassandra To The End Of The World Party
05. Ten Seconds In Los Angeles
06. The Waiting Makes Me Curious
07. High As A Horse
08. Dog Sized Bird
09. Complete And Utter Confusion...
10. ...As A Result Of Signals Being Crossed
11. My Deer Hunter
12. Lycanthropy
13. A Brief Tutorial In Bachanalia
14. A Gift For Fiction
15. Absolute Past

I'm sure all of you, or the majority at least, will first need a small introduction about Fear Before The March Of The Flames as they're quite underground as far as I've calculated. This is a Metalcore band in the vein of The Dillinger Escape Plan (less technical of course), with Emo-core approaches in the songwriting and execution (specially in the vocals) and a serious fixation with depressing lyrics…So that's about it, if you're interested keep reading, if not, then you know what to do.

This is their third album if I'm not mistaken, but this is the first time I ever hear their music, so I can't talk about their musical progression whatsoever, instead I'll write an overall impression of "The Always Open Mouth". It is a very digestible album to begin with, its large quantity of melodious chords and Emo connotations makes it really easy on the ear and it'll suit perfectly well in "x-Core" shelves packed with stuff from My Chemical Romance to Converge.

Now, this establishes the general lining of the record, it's purely and merely for "Core" fanatics; it has low flexibility values as the whole album focuses on this musical area and has few to zero "versatile" features. The general scheme of this band is similar to what Papercut Homicide did in "From Filth Comes Grace", though Fear Before The March Of The Flames mixed melodious "Core" genres and ended up sounding mildly flavored, while Papercut Homicide mixed the same genres with Grindcore (a very different genre actually) making a really temperamental final result.

The best characteristic of "The Always Open Mouth" comes with the packaging, I've never seen something like this before actually, this band seriously took some time to arrange their inlay and casing (and the production as well) as it looks really fucking intense. Well, that's more o less what you'll get with this album, fortunately there's a lot of market out there for bands like this one, Emocore is highly demanded nowadays, so I'm sure Fear Before… will create a nice fanbase with this album.

Best Tracks: "Absolute Future"/"Drowning The Old Hag", "Dog Sized Bird", "My Deer Hunter"

Rating breakdown
Performance: 6
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8

Written by Herzebeth | 18.01.2007


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