Every so often an album comes along that is mind numbingly bland, you just have to shout it from the rooftops. Unfortunately, this isn't one of those albums. Conversely, it also isn't one that anyone is going to be singing the praises about it either. It left, essentially, no impression on me. The music wasn't awful, but there was nothing that helped it stand out from the crowd.
I have listened through the album a few times, and I don't think I could name one standout song. It all just blended into one long song. I was reminded of listening to the radio , which I do very little of because of the annoying sameness to it.
In a few places I have read descriptions of their music such as "a white knuckle assemblage of scorched earth anthems, funk inflected dance rockers, goth metal epics and spiraling, orchestral ballads that reconcile hard rock and emo sensibilities." I am still trying to figure out how that comes anywhere near describing this band. I sense no funk or dance influences. Spiraling, orchestral ballads? I don't think so. And the most egregious of descriptions "goth metal epics," were we listening to the same album? There is nothing even close to being described as goth, much less, metal on this album.
This band falls into that new wave of emo-rock, which for some reason I just don't seem to get. It is a nothing album that some young high school kids maybe able to latch onto for awhile, claiming that they can identify with the "emotionally charged" lyrics of their songs. That is, until another flavor of the week comes along.
I don't want to sound like I'm ripping on them, I am generally easy to please when it comes to music. Every once in awhile though, something comes along that just doesn't agree with me. I am sure these are all good guys who work hard at what they are doing, they music just hasn't found a welcome home in my head. This is also why I started to abandon the radio, the music just sounds too much alike.