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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
Our score 3

by Rob McFeters

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.

Comments (27) post new comment
tgomkills_ 6/13/2005 4:15:00 PM

why review such shitty albums you couldve just said gay corprate hardcore/metal and been done

SMokeOutLoud_ 6/13/2005 4:36:52 PM

review b/c look: 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") *bes SLK's fav quote

anonymous 6/13/2005 5:49:31 PM

sounds fairly bland

Zach_ 6/13/2005 6:06:37 PM

I really could not tell you why I like this album. It's not even that I love this band, it's just that it gets stuck in my head.

Tim_Diesel_ 6/13/2005 6:43:13 PM


thegoddamnawesome_ 6/13/2005 7:03:58 PM

i heard that too!

brian_ 6/13/2005 9:04:32 PM

what a f*cking shit band

whiskeyjack_ 6/13/2005 9:35:40 PM

I know for a fact that 3 members of this band f*cked the drummer's mother on video tape and put that shit up on soulseek. They can do that for Stephanie too if Rob invited them over.

anonymous 6/15/2005 2:24:22 PM

This band is the best thing to come out of the local hardcore scene in a while, so you people need to take the c-cks out of your ears long enough to listen and realize that this band can actually connect with their fans on a personal level through their lyrics, and I can't say that for most of the crap that has come out lately...So I think you people with obviously terrible taste, should go cut your owns throats before you criticize a band as good as A Day to Remember...because when you bitches

Why am _ 6/15/2005 4:27:01 PM

To the above poster. I will believe it when I see it. But then, I'll probably be dead by then. Or dead drunk. Or living in Sunnyvale. One of those. This record is the best ever. They invented something here. I'd say it's more of a mix of Jesu, Converge, and the Grateful Dead. That one track with the banjo is killer. I really liked the part where they talked about olive branches and the signifigance of the left nostril. A+ for effort. Did I mention that my dog crapped?

RecognizeTalent_ 11/21/2005 11:49:21 PM

What the f*ck is you bashers problem??? This is one of the best albums ive ever heard!! Wow a band willing to take a step in a different direction scares alot of HARDCORE kids off. This album is an addiction and should be noted for its amazing songwriting and lyrics. This band along with Odd Project are 2 of the most unappreciated and talented bands out there. They do what they do and they do it to perfection. I can't say that ONE song on this cd is bad. As for the reviewer: You should of

Liz_ 11/27/2005 11:38:39 PM

One of the best albums I've heard in awhile.

A Dick To Remember_ 11/29/2005 8:34:04 PM

This band is not original in anyway and does not even suggest a new style called "emo-core". I've heard many bands try to attemp this shit platter of "music"(a.k.a emo-core) and have all sounded the same except one difference, they never got signed. Why? Because it sucks. How can anyone listen to this shit? I would suggest that Indianola break this band off and find someone that can put out a f*cking kick ass album. More than likely, the next album will not sound any different because ever

MY OPINION_ 3/29/2006 2:37:24 PM

I respect your opinion.. but i have no choice but to speak mine. You should have started this review with the statement “I’m not a fan of Drive-Thru or Victory Records type pop-punk, or a fan of the mindless most hardcore.” This way people could understand where you came from. This basically tells me how you approached this album from the beginning. I feel that it was quickly written and narrow-minded. You say that this album is a collision of “moshy hardcore” and “pop-punk styles.” To

nick to remember :-)_ 3/29/2006 2:48:40 PM

i understand that every band has a bad review, this is why i'm not very pissed off. I've been on this thing for a good while and have seen many misleading reviews and VERY true reviews. But out of all the music I listen to, this is one of my favorite cd's that i own. I understand mr. mcfeters has a opinion and you above me (2 spots), you have an opinion too. But everything about this band is awesome, the stage presence is MAGNIFICENT, theyre the funniest guys I know, and am glad to say theyr

insideyou_ 7/14/2006 5:58:11 PM

if they're going to be so huge, then how come they're not all over FUSE and MTV right now?

xBBBx_ 1/12/2007 12:08:55 PM

Most riffs are ok...But way too much singing that sucks.

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terrible band_ 2/10/2007 5:10:59 AM

victory will sign anything

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Dig This_ 9/3/2008 6:39:17 PM

Such crap, are kids really this stupid???? Oh Yeah I forgot, they are.

br00tal _ 3/26/2009 7:18:15 PM