To be honest, Iâve never really liked Abandon All Ships
. I was introduced to them by a girl that I dated in 2010, the same year they released their debut. This was when my love for Attack Attack
! was at its peak, so there honestly couldnât have been a better time for Abandon All Ships
to come into the picture. Although I completely respected the ideals and progressiveness of Geeving
, I only truly enjoyed listening to one song off the album, Take One Last Breath
. I loved (and actually still do) the melodic trance that they put into that song and the atmospheric catchiness the song has. I mean, besides the fact that both of the vocalists in that song suck, itâs pretty damn epic! When someone brings the band up (which rarely happens), I always make it a point to mention that particular song because Iâve never gotten tired of it (although I almost never listen to it)!
Ok, so two years later, the Canadian screamo band is back with their follow-up (notice that I didnât say anything suggesting that it was strongly anticipated in any way). One thing that Iâve always known about this band is that theyâve been closely involved with (brace yourselves)âŠâŠthe crunkcore scene. Not only is their main influence Attack Attack
! (definitely a bad band to have as your MAIN influence, but not a bad band) but theyâve taken the whole mixing techno and screamo thing to a COMPLETELY new level!
In order to avoid any false accusations, I know for a fact that mixing techno and metal can be pulled off. I either enjoy or appreciate the bands that do a good job of that, like Attack Attack
!, Asking Alexandria
, and I See Stars
(I guess I never noticed how small the list was).
Hereâs the thing with this new Abandon All Ships
record. You know the whole âattitudeâ that most rappers and male pop singers have, the âIâm so badass you donât know what youâre messinâ withâ kind of attitude? Why the fuck is it that I get the same âIâm so badassâ vibe that I get when Iâm listening to rap? I decided to look up some of the much more recent live videos of these guys, and their vocalist is making the EXACT same body movements and hand movements that people like Eminem and Snoop Dogg make!! Ok, Iâll admit that I do listen to some rap (mainly just Tech N9NE, Cypress Hill, early ICP, Kottonmouth Kings, old Snoop Dogg, old Eminem, and Kings of the City) and, to be honest, the âIâm so badassâ attitude actually fits the music in most cases! Thatâs just the feel that a lot of rap gives me! But in this case, it just doesnât fucking fit! Oh, and get this: they actually have a guest rapper in the second song (watch the video below)! GO MOTHERFUCKING FIGURE!!
So with the lead vocalist with the attitude of a black gangsta rapper, we now have the singer that has the attitude and style of Chris Brown (whom Iâm not familiar with AT ALL, Iâve only listened to his music once and it was on some late-night comedy TV show). And Iâll be honest AGAIN: I enjoy a couple of pop artists/band (much fewer than rap ones). But pretty much all of them are females, so I guess that doesnât really improve my chances of appreciating this guy.
Since this is a screamo band where the techno/pop elements are very important, letâs take a moment to analyze them. In Geeving
(if you took the time to run through it a couple of times, especially Take One Last Breath
), the kind of techno used in there was trance. For those of you that have no fucking idea what the hell âtranceâ is, itâs extremely melodic, ambient, and atmospheric techno music that just sounds like a sheet of clouds flying over you; it can actually be VERY beautiful and relaxing. Anyways, that was the thing that they did in Geeving
, which I though was fairly innovative and creative since Iâd never heard it in metal before. Infamous
doesnât have any of that at all. There are some bands that have that really cheesy bubble-gum techno/pop in their music, which is the kind of thing that you can find in A COUPLE songs off this album. But thatâs not really the main thing.
The type of pop (itâs not even techno) that Infamous
has is the type that the BIGGEST and most mainstream MALE pop singers do. But since Iâm not familiar at all with that kind of thing (I seem to have to repeat myself a lot to people that Iâve been almost completely disconnected with the mainstream for the past four and a half years, I only KNOW OF Justin Bieber, Iâve never heard his music!). But from the amount of male pop songs that Iâve heard (the amount having less than two digits), itâs enough for me to easily make the connection. Also, in some of the songs (the first track in particular), the keyboards play that âIâm so motherfucking badassâ sounding shit that you hear in the really poppy rap music!
The song structures do have signs of organization, but there are still a lot of transitions that are way too sudden for me. The individual musicians suck, but as a band, theyâre not what I would call TOTALLY weak. There are some parts that actually got my head noddingâŠbut not for long. Whenever they seem to have a really catchy part going, they apparently realize that and attempt to prolong the moment by simply dragging it out until Iâd rather take a papercut to the eyeball than listen to that chugging riff that had long since lost its catchiness. I really donât like either vocalist from Geeving
, and that statement remains the same with Infamous
. Thatâs the ironic thing, the title fits the album a little TOO accurately, which I know wasnât originally intended by the band. This album is just disgusting. There isnât anyone that I would recommend this Infamous
piece of SHIT to NO ONE. This one gets 4/20.