This is a rather fine album, one of the best rock/metal releases of 2005 without a doubt. FATA combine elements of hardcore, rock, punk and classic metal to devastating effect on this, their third album.
One major improvement on their previous outings is the fact that the vocals have really improved, the songs are catchy whilst retaining all the intensity of older material. It might be worth noting though that whereas before FATA songs often contained softer and more brutal moments within a song, here (in general) a song is either brutal or of the softer variety, so there seems less interplay between the two vocalists. Second vocalist (and drummer) Francis Mark, who went on to front the band on the following album, also adds his own screams on top of his trademark cleans to great effect and it seems only natural he took over from the (more guttural) departing Benjamin Perri on lead vocals for the next record.
Songs like "where do you draw the line" and "short for show" deserve to be dancefloor/Moshpit anthems, cathartic music in some ways like the legendary hardcore/post hardcore pioneers Poison The Well. Classic metal guitar riffs blend seamlessly with pummeling hardcore breakdowns and melodic interludes make this a very worthwhile addition to any heavy music fans collection.
from autumn to ashes have during their career released albums that refuse to be drawn into a specific genre and thats a great thing,they sound like poison the well one minute,iron maiden the next,far the next and so on,it is a formula that makes them better than the majority of their peers.
abandon all your friends isnt their best work but it still sounds fresh and vibrant and is brimmed with melody with blends of heavy riffing and brutal drumming but all the while the band are dedicated to keeping the songs embedded in your head and heart.
album opener where do you draw the line hits you in the face like a tidal wave and 1 minute into it you will be purring like a cat with a mouse in its mouth,the next song inapprope is a blinder,a mellow song with some of their best lyrics and this will be the song that you will hum along too all daysugar wolf continues the madness as does the aptly titled the funny thing about getting pistol whipped is,jack and ginger is possibly the only weak song on this,thats not to say it isnt good but it feels out of sorts with the rest of the album.
three albums in and its fair to say that from autumn to ashes havent quite cracked it in terms of success but as long as they keep wrecking our senses and then offering us a hug with the melody i think they and we wont care!
On first glance this record isnt a patch on their last two efforts but the tracks very much grow on you. The guitars are solid and sound amazing and the vocals keep you listening with some great melodies. there are many more slow balard songs on this LP and in a way it slows the whole record down which i didn't find great. But having said that the songs are good and they have actully tried to break free of their regular cord paterns and make a new sound. I like this record but perfer their first CD [Too bad your beautiful]. If you like these guys then get it, but if your new i'd check out their earlier stuff. Overall This record sounds great and is great just not the best FATA album.
Well i thought i'd give this album a listen after reading a Kerrang! review which gave it top marks. I must say i was not disappointed, neither was i blown away with amazement. While the blend of catchy riffs and big melodies contrasts nicely with the screams and noise, you can't help but feel its a bit formulaic, similar in style and delivery to bands such as Funeral For A Friend, My Chemical Romance, The Used. Lyrically (sadness, bitterness and anger about hard times and failed endeavours) treads old ground with competence but never brilliance. If you like this style of music and want more then I would recommend purchasing the album. If your looking for something that takes the genre to new hights or new dimensions look elswhere.