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Embrace Today - We Are The Enemy Review

by Anuj

As soon as I got this CD in the mail, I saw the Deathwish Inc. logo and my expectations soared. It is, after all, the label run by Jacob Bannon of Converge, a band I rate amongst my favorites. I put in the CD and with the first notes my smile faded. Stocky double-bass, chugga-chugga riffs and the vocals; all pointed towards an album of mediocre metalcore. And that's exactly what it is. Nothing from any of the tracks really stood out from the rest to me. Chorus with hoarse vocals, followed by breakdown, followed by melodic guitar part... those are most of the elements featured here. On track #9, "Diamonds Are Forever" the band trys something different, with some Killswitch Engage-like melodies and some ethereal female vocals backing up the shouted vocals. While not entirely convincing, I give the band props for at least trying something different here. However, it's not enough for me to recommend this album.

A look at the lyrics reveals that they are actually decent for the genre, but nothing awe-inspiring. And they, for the most part, do not deal with any straight edge preaching (the promo made sure to mention that the band is in fact straight-edge). The artwork is good, but one doesn't expect any less from Jake Bannon. The design of the booklet is very distinctive of his style. Too bad the music isn't as good. One minor gripe I had was with the band logo; is it me or does the font look eerily similar to the font "Clandestine"-era Entombed used for their band logo? Anyways, bottom line: if you want some generic fist-pumping workout music, here's your album. If you were looking for some good "metalcore" (I despise that label), stick to "Until Your Heart Stops" by Cave In, or pretty much anything from the discography of Botch, Converge or Coalesce.

RIYL: Trustkill bands, generic straight-edge metalcore (Bleeding Through, Remembering Never etc)

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