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Nights Like These The Faithless

01. Storming Valhalla 02. Head of Medusa 03. Destroy The Stairs 04. Scavenger's Daughter 05. Memento More 06. Ghost Town Rituals 07. Symphony For The Plague 08. Bury The Messenger 09. We Were Meant For Ruin 10. Eternal Tempest 11. Let The Waters Overtake Us
2006 Victory Records
Our score 2


Whoever is responsible for signing new metalcore bands to Victory Records is probably skirting the once mandatory task of scouring venues across the country (or globe, as we can't forget who broke Refused ten years ago) in favor of clicking away at the friend lists of MySpace Music pages. I can't fathom any other way this Memphis group of monotonous amateurs could have been discovered. A quick (or lengthy, depending on your personal attraction to emotional, middle-America toughies) glance at the band photo tells it all: Five well-fed Tennessee boys were signed to a recording contract because they look good. That comment is sure to ruffle some feathers. Let me guess, I shouldn't pay attention to what Nights Like These look like; I should instead simply "man-up" and review the music. Well then, read on to find out what Nights Like These have to offer on The Faithless. They have nothing to offer. Even to a new kid with a devil lock whose first concert was this year's Sounds Of The Underground, The Faithless carries little to fool even the most uninitiated of emo/metal/hardcore debutant(e)s. Song titles like "Storming Valhalla" and "Eternal Tempest" provide false illusion that the music on The Faithless is at all revolutionary or even inspiring to the smallest degree. They sound like a bobo hybrid of Glass Casket, Saosin, and Between The Buried And Me trying to play it extremely safe. When "Scavenger's Daughter" starts off with a blast beat and black metal harmony before breaking into nu-metal bounce, then E-crunch, and ending up at a pseudo-emotional break accompanied by gang chants of "we are The Faithless, we are The Faithless!" all before the song hits the one-and-a-half minute mark, it becomes clear that Nights Like These are trying to make all the right moves in order to be accepted by a genre that expects dissonant guitars, regular time changes, and hasty song progressions. But all they are is an amateur and even premature band of average (at best) musicians dealing in insipid emo math mosh, and propped up on a pedestal by the one label ever in search of the next big thing, in every sub-genre of hardcore and metal. While spewing forth the endless stream of rehashed mediocrity that is The Faithless, the band even manages to incorporate a partial Sabbath riff in "Ghost Town Rituals," to no great effect. I swear, those twangy Sabbath/Zeppelin-type parts are becoming the new breakdown. Bottom Line: While Andreas Magnusson's production helped The Black Dahlia Murder's Miasma sound like a better album than it actually was, it does the opposite for Nights Like These. Any sense of honesty is completely stripped away by the sterile over-production; a band this young should not be spoiled with a perfect recording their first time around. If they had the chops and the songs then perhaps an exception would be in order, but Nights Like These have neither. The title of track nine pretty much sums where this band is headed.


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cory_ 9/14/2006 12:47:19 PM

first post.

Gluck's a Faggot_ 9/14/2006 12:54:51 PM

Dont try to make up for your shitty review of the POR record by giving this a bad review now. NLT does f*cking suck though.

CuntSnot_ 9/14/2006 1:41:36 PM


matt_ 9/14/2006 1:44:40 PM

what a f*cking horrible review. no comment for the band, all i'll say is victory records hasnt been doing a good job lately. they seem to sign pretty bad bands

Joe The Faithless_ 9/14/2006 1:48:10 PM

OOH, you don't like our music! boo f*cking hoo. Cry me a river fanboy. We have more talent in our little finger than you do in your whole body. What band do you play for tough guy? huh? probably some bull shit in flames rifoff. gays.

gozer_ 9/14/2006 2:21:12 PM

i admit i kinda like it. they dont wank thier gutiars and have crazy sweeps. give these young cats a chance. i hate the production though.

mefuckyeah_ 9/14/2006 2:48:20 PM

ouch, f*cking ouch, I feel bad for these guys

Gluck's a Faggot_ 9/14/2006 2:55:05 PM

If that really is the douchebag from t-ts Like These defending his band.....hahahahahahaha

mike_ 9/14/2006 2:58:00 PM

harsh review. NLT arent that bad at all. nothing great but i've seen way shittier bands get better reviews. fire this jerk

goater_ 9/14/2006 3:18:56 PM

though i agree with your synopsis, youre the worst reviewer ever

godzillah_ 9/14/2006 3:23:54 PM

there is no joe in nights like these.... what the hell?

ezln_ 9/14/2006 4:40:33 PM

this is a f*cking great review. michael gluck, you my friend, are the shit.

bobo_ 9/14/2006 5:35:42 PM

shit band, but someone needs to kick gluck in his gay balls.

threexs_ 9/14/2006 5:50:59 PM

f*cking horrible review. This is a solid CD, this man should not be writing reviews that people read.

vegans_Taste_good_ 9/14/2006 5:53:08 PM

i thought this cd was ok when i first heard it, but the played it a few more times and now i am mad its in my collection. great review.

insideyou_ 9/14/2006 5:56:34 PM

recognize the review gimmick

xomertax_ 9/14/2006 5:58:40 PM

This album sucks. Great review, f*ck all you trendy shit talking gays.

brian like these_ 9/14/2006 6:03:33 PM

Ok man, I get it.. you don't really like our look huh? Maybe you're just another one of these stupid, average lambgoat gays that has never gotten to get laid by a chick. Also, we are really proud of "Eternal Tempest" and two band members moms think its our best song. Next time, try a little bit harder to get under our skin- it won't be easy- so keep trying- cause it isn't going to work. oh yeah and.. Red Sox suck, f*ck you!

Fuck_ImDave_ 9/14/2006 6:28:18 PM

if the comment above me is seriously somebody from nights like these then memphis should be nuked.

charles_ 9/14/2006 6:48:26 PM

i honestly think this band is pretty sick, i dont understand how the new distance album gets a 5 but this gets a 2... im sure if they werent signed to victory then this would of gotten a better review...

bbbbb_ 9/14/2006 7:13:15 PM

since you guys are just starting to review albums that came out months ago... how bout the new Zao?

troy_ 9/14/2006 7:28:38 PM

zing. victory shouldn't release records and/or lambgoat shouldn't review them.

haha_ 9/14/2006 7:35:20 PM

worst reviewer ever. you're a total gay. die in a fire.

chuz_ 9/14/2006 7:52:48 PM

You dickholes, you say the band shit but you hate the review? You make no sense you piles of shit.

GLUCKFUCKGLUCK_ 9/14/2006 7:57:06 PM

Gluck is exactly what he is... A f*cking gluck. f*ckoff

Fur_Beach_ 9/14/2006 8:55:34 PM

Bravo. This album is another young faceless victory band trying to suck out the money and integrity of america's stupid, impressionable youth. I don't think this review was nearly harsh enough. If you like this trash, then please press alt + f4 immediately and never return.

timmytimmylowlow_ 9/14/2006 10:03:07 PM

this review f*cking nailed it. NLT is one of the most uninspired, shitty generic bands.

elliot_ 9/14/2006 10:28:51 PM

of course those aren't guys from nights like these posting up there, you f*cking retards.....anyways, this band isn't amazing or anything, but there's no way this album deserves a 2. that's just stupid. much MUCH worse bands have gotten higher scores.

brett_ 9/14/2006 11:30:16 PM

They were decent live. Kinda like premonitions of war. I guess you don't really need a rip-off band of an existing band on your roster though . . .

Nights Like These_ 9/14/2006 11:53:25 PM

Trust us, we don't even want to exist. Victory pays for our haircuts and North Face jackets, and expects little fanboys and fangirls to catch on. Go figure. Sometimes it's all you have.

evil hero_ 9/15/2006 4:19:06 AM

kudos to leach or whoever that last comment was

sadam_andler_ 9/15/2006 9:29:01 AM

well done review

burzum_ 9/15/2006 10:18:01 AM

Victory will sign anyone these days. NLT do what they do fine...but that doesn't mean i wanna hear it. I can't pick this out from the other 5,000,000 metalcore bands out there. All this heavy music bullshit is going to collapse on itself one day and not be cool anymore. We'll see who's around then - when the swoopy hair, tighty-titty pants, toughguy routines, and breakdowns aren't popular. There's a reason some bands stand the test of time. You may be great at playing your instruments and making

allison_ 9/15/2006 2:49:21 PM

this band is so much better live.

allison_ 9/15/2006 2:51:53 PM

also, ANYONE who has the moniker of "timmytimmylowlow" and is making fun of this cd should be lined up and shot for being a hypocritical f*ck.

nick_ 9/15/2006 5:29:15 PM

i dig this band alot. super rad dudes and a very good band. f*ck 2/10. anyone who reviews a cd should actually play/tour/write and just shut the f*ck up. if you like music so much and you think your taste is better than anyone else's, why aren't you PLAYING instead of WRITING about it. douchef*cks.

wizardsbeard_ 9/15/2006 7:04:01 PM

Yes! And anyone who enjoys watching movies, and therefore reviews them, should instead MAKE movies. Also, anyone who has ever said "I don't like that restaurant" should instead open THEIR OWN restaurant.

Mike_ 9/15/2006 7:57:41 PM

lol exactly, without reviews who would buy the product?

hmm _ 9/16/2006 4:24:27 AM

For gluck to talk about the band like that is f*cking rediculous, to judge a band on they're looks and not sound in the begining of a review is shit.. its a good CD overall, i think the old NLT is better but hey.. these guys are my friends and arent at all trendy. Gluck, Cancel yourself.

mike_ 9/16/2006 4:58:43 AM

How can anyone call that a review? Pretty piss poor in my opinion. Anyways, not a bad cd, not a great cd. Nothing that many other metalcore bands haven't already done, but still a descent listen. Actually planning on seeing them live in a couple of weeks.

jeff_ 9/16/2006 3:18:09 PM

review the music, and save the shit talking, we all know that you just want everyone to think your cool.

yeahdude_ 9/16/2006 4:32:35 PM

didn't evr do the everlasting ep before they signed to victory?

nick_ 9/16/2006 11:54:25 PM

if you base everything you buy on reviews your purchasing things solely on the premise of other people's opinions. how is that going to create a more diverse array of bands? try finding good music on your own for a change. and yes, if you don't like a restaraunt don't be a complaining baby and keep it to yourself. yeah, and you SHOULD try to do something on your own if you don't like something. why the f*ck wouldn't you? and if you don't, you have nothing to complain about because you're n

Nick's English Tutor_ 9/17/2006 2:53:38 AM


nick_ 9/17/2006 5:22:18 AM

yoor brilian.

wizardsbeard_ 9/17/2006 9:00:56 AM

I'm sorry, but art criticism has existed for just as long as art has. It's an important part of the marketplace of ideas, and without it our own conceptions of what we do would be less defined. Not everyone on earth needs to "create" to have a justifiable existence, but even in that case, a critic "creates" art criticism. The "Why the f*ck don't you start your OWN band?" is a defense mechanism for someone who feels insulted, pure and simple. I should know; I've done it, I'm IN a band.

nick _ 9/17/2006 12:48:38 PM

as have i. 3 actually. i've toured and played with many "bigger" bands and i know about the hard work and sweat it takes to actually do something with any kind of music. i don't feel insulted at all. i just feel that 90 percent of the people posting comments, and probably reviewing most of the cd's have never toured or spent 7 or 8 hours a day practicing only to come out with about 30 seconds worth of a song. nights like these, whatever you think of their sound, deserve to be supported even

fo real!_ 9/18/2006 1:05:53 AM

Nick, I think the problem is that TOO MANY people are in bands. A scene for music/art/whatever is about more than just the people making music. Not everyone can play. And let's face it, there are too many bands scrambing for any sort of attention to require everyone who gives a f*ck about heavy music to form one of their own.

boo_ 9/18/2006 9:41:25 AM

agreed... too many bands...

alsowellfed_ 9/18/2006 3:51:16 PM

i agree NLT sucks pretty bad, but I cant take this reviewer seriously, he mocks sounds of the undergournd like lamb goat wasnt a major sponsor, and for christ's sake he has stuck mojo in his playlist. I think he needs a well deserved knife in the knee cap.

erin_ 9/21/2006 12:57:50 AM

one, you lump together saosin and BTBAM as a comparison..first strike. two, in your feeble attempt to actually review the f*cking cd, you consistantly bash and base soley on their attempt to start a review then revert back to the image everytime. Pretty clear that you based your opinion soley on image. three, yea they are on victory, and im pretty sure that didnt help. Also understand this isn't some f*cking wacked version of making the band, these boys have been at it for a g

holllllerrr_ 9/21/2006 1:00:44 AM

last time i checked.. none of the bands debuted on headbangers ball that you've reviewed as of late.. and im pretty sure NLT did sunday.. soooo yea, obviously someone likes them.

nick_ 9/23/2006 11:25:51 PM

goddamn right to the above posts.

wahhhhhh_ 9/29/2006 1:10:28 AM

wahhhh my current flavor of the month got a bad review wahhhh

bobo_ 10/2/2006 3:14:47 PM

they're on headbangers ball because victory PAID for it.

Dillon_ 11/27/2006 7:59:08 AM

Wow, Michael Gluck, you are by far the most ridiculously pompous piece of diaper shit i've ever wasted my time reading. Some gay elitists are partly funny to read, you're just bullshit. f*ck your bitch ass

Dillon_ 11/27/2006 8:05:44 AM

And another thing, I f*cking love this band, but I f*cking hate Victory. Why should that be any reason to judge 5 hard working musicians simply trying to get their shit out there? I don't think their is anything more I respect in the world of music. In a genre where there are far too many amazing bands and double the bullshit ones, NLT are truly a group to look out for. Hats Off To A Stunning Release You Guy's And That's Badass your mom's actually listen to your music. Eternal Tempest

xBBBx_ 1/12/2007 12:14:53 PM

Awesome and Amazingly creative Band. Love Scavenger's Daughter!

iamthecatalyst_ 1/14/2007 3:55:34 AM

I wanna know what the 'bashers' listen to

kyleec_ 3/1/2007 8:43:03 PM

I like nights like these, but the new cd isnt as good(to me) as their 3 demos. It just seems like the songs sound the same. Also the recording just dosnt fit them....if it was more rough and "in your face" sounding then i think it would be better. However, i still listen to it from time to time. They do put on a pretty good show though.

Issac_ 4/13/2007 9:34:29 AM

ok it wasn't that bad, give them a break.

wow, flabbergasted._ 8/16/2007 10:23:11 PM

the first thing that came to me with this cd is ....premonitions of war. and thats ok b/c POW seems to be defunct. now they don't replace POW, but do quite well in my opinion. yes, victory has its foibles...but they do have the warriors, darkest hour, nodes of ranvier, and probably a couple others who rule! anyways, this cd is good, better than a 2 by far.

defiepilex_ 11/14/2007 4:49:32 PM

new album review???????????????????

nickpyland_ 11/15/2007 1:09:33 PM

^ seriously.