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In Pieces Lions Write History

In Pieces - Lions Write History
01. A Miracle
02. 10,000 Years
03. Juarez, Mexico
04. Juarez, Mexico Part 2
05. Age of Oceans
06. Completely Inevitable
07. Night of the Long Knives
08. National Optimist
09. No Letter, No Note
10. True and False Guilt
Reviewed by: Ash Levitt   //   Published: 8/7/2005

I've always had a hard time with pseudo-core bands that get lumped into the hardcore scene because they basically have no where else to go. Everyone knows these bands; MTV kids singing along to Thursday next to the hardcore kids. It just doesn't fit. In Pieces is another band that has roots improbably planted into the hardcore scene like to a plant defiantly growing out of sheer rock. But again, it just doesn't fit. No matter how much In Pieces decides to be "heavy" at times, or even scream, they are no more than a rock band and should be treated as such.

There are some interesting, catchy hooks on the newest release, Lions Write History, but with catchy hooks come awful hooks, as if they got a good wholesale deal on them. In fact, the good hooks are overshadowed by the bad ones to the point where they aren't even memorable. The first track has an almost annoying chorus in 6/8 that, I hate to say, sounds slightly reminiscent of later Saves the Day. This is not a desirable trait for any band. Once that comparison comes to mind, then my poor ears flood my mind with other similarities, from Hawthorne Heights to Armor For Sleep. Much of the rest of the album follows in wimpy rock tow. The intensity and more metal guitar work that was found on Learning to Accept Silence is now completely gone; their therapists ordered them to learn to accept their sensitive sides This is replaced by clean guitar work that is almost atmospheric at times instead of even being rock. (I should add here that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a lighter rock record. However, when it's sold to the hardcore crowd as "retaining their hardcore roots and punk ethic," then it's nothing more than condescending crap.)

Bottom Line: Maybe this is artistic growth. Maybe this is a direct appeal to the MTV executives. This is not, however, anything more than a mediocre rock record. This is for mall speakers and prom disasters, not the hardcore scene. Escape Artist has put out much better than this in the past. [editor's note: I don't usually do this, and I don't want to undermine this review, but personally, I really enjoyed this album. I would have given it a 7/10, but that's just me. Click here and decide for yourself.]

DB_   posted 10/9/2008 11:05:09 AM
some good dudes commenting on this album. first time i read this review. great record. RIP in pieces.
dan_   posted 8/19/2005 2:57:10 AM
"Lesson one: from now on, before reviewing a record I will NOT read the bio of the band." - taken from a past review of his. http://www.lambgoat.com/albums/view.aspx?id=584
Drew_   posted 8/17/2005 10:46:22 AM
Wow that review sucked. This cd deserves at least 8/10.
anonymous   posted 8/16/2005 10:21:36 AM
i see the comparison to the mtv bands. i really don't care for this band.
sydbarret_   posted 8/11/2005 12:26:26 PM
this record is amazing and in my opinion just took a shit on about 95% of the records that came out this year

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