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Music Review: Since Yesterday – The Artificial Truth

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Metal like this hasn't been heard since, well, yesterday. And, in fact, that is the band's name: Since Yesterday. They are the screamo/punk-ish hardcore type. They sounded decent, but not decent enough to really keep me interested and try to understand the songs more.

This is not to say the band is bad or anything. They obviously understand the sound of the metal genre. The band has been together since 2002, according to their official biography, and spent six years playing gigs and touring and writing a handful of songs for some demos. You've got to respect a band that spends time building a reputation and a sound on the road. In 2008 they decided they were grown up enough to write a full length record and The Artificial Truth is the result. It has some good moments. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the song titles. The band's punk side shows in titles like "(It Always Feels Good to Remove) Scabs" and "Hey! Sleepwalker." Their metal sided songs come with titles like "Dead Today" and "Tales of Redemption."

At first I thought they lacked some weight on the deep end, the bass. I wanted to do a quick check to see if it was them or not. So I listened to All That Remains since that happened to be on my MP3 player and was the closest in sound. Since Yesterday held up well, very guitar heavy without a prominent bass. Their guitar is fast and dirty, giving me the impression of daggers being used on the strings. They did not have the same clarity of All That Remains, they were a little more muddy and less refined. Note: not unrefined, just less refined.

That "Scab" song has some really intriguing and melodic metal riffs that kick the song off. That intrigue seemed to wear off after the vocals started up. It was similar with most of the other songs, too – great intro, a really powerful metal crunch, but nothing to stick into my head. Except for one song, number seven, entitled "Sinatra Doctrine." That song seemed to come alive, to me. It grips you right off with the opening volley of guitar and then screamer Mansur Asrar spices the song with vocals very reminiscent of System of a Down – vacillating and plaintive.

They are a good blend of punk and metal and they have a practiced sound. Doubtless they will continue to progress with each record and when they finally hit a masterpiece it should be well worth the wait.  The Artificial Truth is ready for release and you should see it soon.  

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