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A Day To Remember And Their Name Was Treason

A Day To Remember - And Their Name Was Treason
01. Intro
02. Heartless
03. Your Way with Words is Through Silence
04. A Second Glance
05. Casablanca Sucked Anyways
06. You Should Have Killed Me When You Had the Chance
07. If Looks Could Kill
08. You Had Me At Hello
09. 1958
10. Sound the Alarm
2005 Indianola Records

Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 6/13/2005

The promo-sheet that came with this album says A Day To Remember embraces "both mosh and pop ala Saves The Day, melodic singing, and youth crew chants." This quite accurate, but I personally do not find this to be any kind of selling point. I severely do not like this album, but I'll try my hardest to be objective as possible, while still sticking to my initial opinion.

It's very true that this band is a collision of moshy hardcore and pop-punk styles, and when I say "collision," that's exactly what it is. It is not a mixture of styles. Rather, it is a cluster-fuck of different styles, which bounce around and rub against each other in a way that makes sandpaper seem smooth. This band literally puts a huge, open-D breakdown (complete with deep growls and double bass drumming) next to pop-punk that reminds me of The Starting Line or Taking Back Sunday. They hardly ever attempt a transition between these two completely different styles. It's such a jarring listen.

I would almost suggest that this band pick a style and stick with it, but they aren't really very adept at either one. And while I'm not a fan of the Drive-Thru or Victory Records type of pop-punk, or a fan of the mindless mosh hardcore, I would have to say that these guys are a bit better at playing the sappy pop stuff. The clean singing isn't the worst I've ever heard, but the hardcore screaming is boring and bland.

Lyrically this band has gone a direction that I really don't like. However, I do know that a good bit of younger kids do like what this band writes. I'll just give you some excerpts and you can decide for yourself.

1. "Tell me the truth. Do the world a favor, stop cutting your arms and slit your throat." (Kind of strange for a band that thanks "the heavenly Father")

2. "I've never seen a smile that can light a room like yours. It's simply radiant, and I see it more with every day that goes by. I'll watch the clock to make my timing right. Would it be ok if I took your breath away"

That's just not up my alley.

Bottom Line: I suppose this band is musically competent, but the clashing of the styles they play makes this album unlistenable to me. The production is decent, but not great. This very well could be a lot of people's cup of tea, but I really don't like this album. If you enjoy the moshy parts of It Dies Today, and also the sappy pop elements of a band like The Starting Line, then perhaps you'd enjoy hearing them mixed.

br00tal _   posted 3/26/2009 7:18:15 PM
Dig This_   posted 9/3/2008 6:39:17 PM
Such crap, are kids really this stupid???? Oh Yeah I forgot, they are.
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