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Fear Before The March Of Flames - The Always Open Mouth
Reading the bio and other articles about this band got me extremely curious to their music. This seems to be a band that’s quite innovative when it comes to metal music and the story goes that all their albums sound completely different. When I received the album I checked out the cover artwork and that sure is kind of a special piece of art. Hard to explain it briefly so I’ll just suggest you to go buy this album if I got you curious after reading this review. I think the artwork deservers a compliment and I can only hope that the music will be even more surprising.
Alright, who’s in for something different? You are?! Then you’re reading the right review as we speak. To be honest, I can’t really come up with a band to compare Fear Before The March Of Flames with. These guys use electric noises, nasty screams, melodic vocals and lots of different influences of which I can’t forget to mention the screamo and post-hardcore sound.
I do have to mention that the melodic (crying) vocals involved in the songs every now and then are certainly not annoying. The somewhat ‘weird’ noises on the background and the kind of a chaotic approach to the songs are adding so much more dimensions to the music, that you definitely have to check out this album a couple of times before you’ve really heard everything on it. Then there are the heavier parts with the nasty sounding screams and more chaotic style of music. This band certainly isn’t a second The Dillinger Escape Plan, but somehow the chaotic parts remind me of that band.
In the end it comes down to a lot of variation on this album. You can imagine how many things can be created by using instruments like the piano and keyboards and some programming. And no, the piano and keyboards certainly aren’t annoying! They manage to create just the right atmosphere within the (mostly slower) songs.
To close this review I’d like to conclude that Fear Before The March Of Flames is a band with a way too long name and a very diverse band as well. Maybe that long name just stands for the diversity within this band. Anyways, everyone who’s into some more experimental but still accessible stuff should try The Always Open Mouth.
Fear Before The March Of Flames - The Always Open Mouth
78/1001Details Equal Vision Records
Released on Tuesday Sep 19th, 2006
Screamo ao

Writer @Boek on Wednesday Dec 6th, 2006

Tags: #Fear Before The March Of Flames
Tracklisting 01. Absolute Future
02. Drowning The Old Hag
03. Mouth
04. Taking Cassandra To The End Of The World Party
05. Ten Seconds In Los Angeles
06. The Waiting Makes Me Curious
07. High As A Horse
08. Dog Sized Bird
09. Complete And Utter Confusion
10. ...As A Result Of Signals Being Crossed
11. My Deer Hunter
12. Lycanthropy
13. A Brief Tutorial In Bachanalia
14. A Gift For Fiction
15. Absolute Past
Line up Brandon L. Proff - Drums, Programming, Percussion, Gangs
Michael L. Madruga - Bass, Percussion, Gangs
David M. Marion - Vocals
Zachary M. Hutchings - Guitar, Percussion, Gangs
Adam R. Fisher - Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Programming, Percussion