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From A Second Story Window Delenda

From A Second Story Window - Delenda
01. Acknowledgement
02. Soft Green Fields
03. A Piece of History Written in English
04. Dark Waters of Thought
05. Oracles and Doorsteps
06. For Those Lost
07. The Crusher
08. Ghosts Over Japan
09. These Lights Above Us
10. Mourning for Morning
2006 Metal Blade Records

Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 10/26/2006

Oh sweet Jesus, I think my head is going to explode. I don't know how many more chaotic bands I can listen to now. From A Second Story Window just played me 300 riffs in the span of 42 minutes. Where do I start

As with many bands that I listen to for reviewing purposes, this is my first time actually checking out From a Second Story Window, and Delenda is their second full-length album. These guys play a style of metal/hardcore that mixes in death metal, grind, and some progressive tendencies. I suppose it could be compared to the styles of bands like Between the Buried and Me, or The Red Chord. What stumps me is the fact that out of all the riffs (and there are a lot), there isn't much to grab onto.

There are points during this album that should have been developed more. These guys know how to whip out some cool riff, but it sounds as if they are trying to fill every song up with as much as they can. Right when I think a certain part of the song is going to turn into something interesting, here comes an open-D breakdown. It sounds like they didn't know where to go next, so they said, "Fuck it. Let's throw in a breakdown. Write one really quick." Basically it sounds like FASSW have just crammed too many riffs into one composition instead of really trying to create cohesive, memorable songs. I'm not sure what's going on with the track "Ghosts Over Japan," but it's completely different than everything else, and not in a good way. It's basically a clean-singing track over some piano lines, and acoustic guitars. It sticks out sorely on this album.

I'm not saying that everything here is just a big mess, because it's not. There are some parts in certain songs that are catchy, but there's not enough for me. Luckily, the vocals are dynamic and powerful. The listener is given almost every range of scream and yell. When these songs take a speedier approach and begin to touch on the death metal side of things, I tend to perk up. I can hear that FASSW know death metal, and they start to put together some good sounds. Unfortunately, like other almost-good parts, they don't really capitalize on these brief journeys. There are also one or two slower, sludgy parts, with a good bass tone, but these are also cut off before anything exciting happens.

Bottom Line: This album is competent, but nothing to get super excited about. The guys in FASSW have potential to create some good metal, and they just need to work on their songwriting skills. Then again, if you like chaotic songs with many, many different sounds and influences, you'll dig this.

kyle_   posted 3/4/2007 1:11:56 PM
i thought this cd was really good.

ive never heard anyone play music in this sort of dynamic way.
throughout the cd it changes alot..which i think if a great thing.
Uffe_   posted 11/3/2006 11:23:36 PM
And I was hoping that they had called it quits
justin_   posted 10/31/2006 5:43:52 AM
blood in blood out should have killed them all instead of just beating them up.
XswingawaymerrillX_   posted 10/30/2006 12:45:02 PM
This is the worst review I have ever read.
cum all over my face_   posted 10/29/2006 6:35:49 PM
hulk said it!!! /\

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