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By Night A New Shape of Desperation

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01. It Starts Within 02. The Truth Is Sold 03. People Like You 04. Through Ashes We Crawl 05. Same Old Story 06. Dead Eyes See No Future 07. Walls of Insecure 08. Idiot 09. Forsaken Love 10. Cursed By The Thought MP3 11. Time Is Running Out
2006 Lifeforce Records
Our score 5

by Nick
12/21/2006

I'm confused. The CD sleeve says By Night. The press release says By Night. The CD itself even says By Night. But in nearly every track on A New Shape of Desperation, I keep waiting for the music to die down and the vocalist to scream "Black hearts now reign!" Sadly (or maybe not so sadly), the signature Unearth line doesn't make an appearance on By Night's latest release, but let's just say that if it did, it would fit pretty damn well. So maybe it's not fair to reduce this Swedish metalcore quintet down to a single band comparison, but I can't help it if the vocalist sounds nearly identical to Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps. Musically, although By Night is very likeminded in their song writing approach to Unearth, there are a couple aspects that provide some distinction, though not quite enough to shake the comparison altogether. A New Shape of Desperation has a much more raw sound to the recording, unlike the spotless production job on The Oncoming Storm (I never got around to picking up III, so TOS will be my comparison record of choice). This is a definite plus, as I have grown tired of the Adam Dutkiewicz-esque production phenomenon that is the current metalcore recording craze. By Night also tends to experiment a bit outside of the formulaic Unearth inspired structure, with the slower dissonant track "Dead Eyes See No Future," and the piano based closer "Time Is Running Out," serving as perfect examples of their willingness to draw on different musical influences. Still, I just don't think there are enough differences to really distance By Night's from that of Unearth. And quite frankly, the guitar work on A New Shape of Desperation is no match for the flawless guitar work on The Oncoming Storm. I realize that not every band in the metal community can release records dripping with originality, but it's simply hard to get into an album that's already been done before (and done better). Bottom Line: If I want to listen to Unearth, which as of late, tends to be a rarity anyway, I'm going to reach for The Oncoming Storm, not The New Shape of Desperation. This album has its perks, but not enough to really warrant any future listens from this humble reviewer.

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anonymous 12/21/2006 10:27:48 PM

wtf? isnt "dead eyes see no future" an arch enemy song?


vegans_TASte_good_ 12/21/2006 10:37:22 PM

this cd pissed me off. their previous one was actualyl quite good. this one is a mehfest


sawtooth_ 12/21/2006 11:47:42 PM

arch enemy trap


drewcifer_ 12/22/2006 7:41:49 AM

shit, that sucks. the first CD was excellent - i was looking forward to this.


jeeeef_ 12/22/2006 11:51:01 AM

the f*ck? this band sounds nothing like unearth. who lets this gay review stuff? even the vocals aren't that close to unearth, and there's not a breakdown every minute. i'm not saying this record is anything amazing, but building a whole review around another band is f*cking stupid, especially when they don't sound like them. and unearth? so what, that'd make them swedes ripping off americans that are ripping off swedes? jesus christ.


losh_ 12/22/2006 4:17:32 PM

Dude, youve surely didnt listen to unearth that much so its obvious where is the source of your stupidity...


halibut_again_ 12/23/2006 12:06:06 AM

the oncoming storm had flawless guitar work? where?


markofjudas_ 12/23/2006 9:19:40 PM

I honestly thought this was pretty good in total, not really like Unearth, but i can see the metalcore association. I feel Meshuggah and old-The Haunted are more accurate descriptions.


anonymous 12/24/2006 12:27:08 PM

I like to give bands I've never heard of a listen, so here is my summarization of this band: This review is completely spot on. I have NEVER heard a better duplicate of Trevor Phipps in my life. It's almost amazing how his voice is a complete carbon copy! That said, the music does sound alot like Unearth, but this band has some interesting passages that change up that Unearth shadow all over the record. Finally, totally agree that the production is top notch. Defintely a breathe of fresh air


Man Who States Obvious_ 12/25/2006 2:03:45 AM

The guy above me is a gay


yodachop_ 12/26/2006 3:35:55 PM

you're a complete gay


yodachop_ 12/26/2006 3:37:50 PM

ps. you are the shittiest reviewer on this site. i dont like this band but they sound nothing like unearth you're just a gay with a grudge against any band that can actually book a show.


dogslayeggs_ 12/28/2006 9:49:57 AM

"Dude, youve surely didnt listen to unearth that much so its obvious where is the source of your stupidity..." posted by losh (miloshxe@hotmail.com) on 12/22/2006 4:17:32 PM coming from the guy who can't even form a f*cking sentence. this band blows.