Album: Future Revisionists
I just wanted to start out by saying that i am really happy with the mentality change of this band. Sure their older music was funny, but it was immature, pointless, and did not catch my attention at all. So i can say i am glad they have decided to grow up and write more meaningful songs for their S.O.S.E. EP and their newest album, Future Revisionists.
I don’t agree with the placement of the first song on the album. They chose to put their slowest song at the beginning of the album. Now, i would ok with this if the rest of their album was on the slower side but all the rest of their songs are more upbeat and along the hardcore side of the melodic hardcore genre. I feel like they should have opened up the album with their second song, Waivered Lives. This would have made a much more successful intro song.
I was really excited to see what they would do with this album after they put out their S.O.S.E. EP back in 2011, just because of their song 1990. That song had a really unique sound to it and it made me feel like Liferuiner was starting to become a more unique band creating their own styles. I was wrong, there was only one song on Future Revisionists that stood out to me. The whole album blended together so much that i had to listen to it all the way through to notice the difference in songs.
Their song, C.O.P.E. was really the only song that stood out to me more than the others, even though it was not that much. The reason i feel like this song is worth mentioning as their best song is because the chorus really surprised me when i first heard it. The guitar tone is changed and makes you think the album is going to get better, which in turn, it does. The songs after this song do get a little better in terms of creativity.
I feel like Liferuiner is a hardcore band at heart that just really wants to be a part of the melodic hardcore genre. I’m not saying they do an awful job as a melodic hardcore band, i just feel like they don’t stand out from the hundreds of other melodic hardcore bands. They sometimes have a Being As An Ocean feel to their guitar tone and songs such as in the beginning of Fissure. Their lyrics are good and meaningful but again, i feel like they are trying too hard to get into the melodic hardcore genre. In some of their songs i feel like they just throw in random softer parts because thats what other melodic hardcore bands do. Like in Waivered Lives about three-fourths of the way into the song it breaks down into a quiet and more jazzy like guitar sound which does not really go with the lyrics or the rest of the song.
Unlike the melodic hardcore kingpins: For the Fallen Dreams, Hundredth, and Being As An Ocean, Liferuiner does not have anything that sets them apart. For the Fallen Dreams, Hundredth, and Being As An Ocean all have vocalists with a unique voice where you could easily pick them out if they were featured in a song or if they came on shuffle while listening to your Ipod. Liferuiner’s Jonathan O’Callaghan has mature screams but they do not have the quality of being easily picked out of many. The other melodic hardcore bands have a unique way they put together their songs and a certain style that sets them apart. Liferuiner’s style is more of a generic hardcore band.
One last thing, at melodic hardcore shows there aren’t many opportunities to pit because there aren’t many breakdowns of the genre and the music is mostly about connecting with the audiences hearts. So the majority of the time the people at the shows scream along to the lyrics and there are mic grabs one after another. Bands like Hundredth have certain parts in their songs where you can just feel the emotion and it makes you want to grab the mic and feel everything that Chadwick Johnson is going through when he wrote the song. Now, Liferuiner has no parts of any of their songs that have this certain quality because none of the lyrics made me understand O’Callaghan more or want to scream along to the song, which leaves me wondering: How fun will their shows be?
After writing this i feel like i have bashed this band too much because in reality they are not a horrible band, i enjoy listening to them, just not for a while because then it starts blending together and it gets to be just background noise. With music, if you want to make an everlasting album, it needs to be unique. I feel that Liferuiner could definitely get there with a little more emotion driven into their songs and more creative riffs because that is what melodic hardcore is about. The genre is about feeling the music and LIferuiner is not quite at that point yet.
Album rate: 3/55 notes · 1 year ago · #album #review #liferuiner #future revisionists