Blessthefall – To Those Left Behind
Metalcore can be such a ‘love or hate it’ genre, particularly when it comes to the more melodic variety. We’ve all heard the stereotype of the “whiny-emo” boy, screeching over badly written breakdowns, before attempting an ill-advised clean chorus.
While Arizona’s Blessthefall aren’t quite that terrible, there doesn’t seem to be much here to separate them from the hoards of Asking Alexandra wannabes, which is sad because you can tell that they are trying at least!
Album opener, ‘Decayer’, is quite a good indication of what is on offer here. Electronic landscapes, laced with chugging riffs and soaring choruses. ‘Walk On Water has a bounce to it that even Parkway Drive would be proud of, and ‘ Up In Flames’ is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This is a very guitar-heavy album, and this gives this the songs a much needed punch.
However, while most of the choruses are perfectly serviceable, they could have done with slightly more powerful vocals attached to them. Also, four songs in, the album begins to tread water very quickly. We’ve heard this all before, and while Blessthefall aren’t butchering their chosen genre, they’re not exactly bringing anything new to the table either.
At best, To Those Left Behind is tolerable. However, there isn’t much replay value here.Blessthefall - To Those Left Behind,