Love it, love it, love it. IFAF have created a truly great piece of music with this album. Bringing to mind everything from “The Devil Wears Prada” “Underoath” and “The Chariot” to “Falling Up” “Spoken” and even Pirates of the Caribbean! : ) These guys know how to write, and how to rock and both of those skills are on lofty display here.
One of my favorite things about this album is it’s pacing. A lot of metalcore is like “here’s the pretty piano intro, and then BOOM it’s over. IFAF will actually carry an intro melody through their ENTIRE song with piano and everything (which enhances the songs a lot for people who enjoy continuity and beauty in their metal.) Another highlight is the incredible musicianship… Everything from vocals (which soar to HUGE peaks) to the drumming (tasteful and supportive of every mood) to the guitar playing (never overpowering, always intense) to the keyboards and synths that really carry a huge portion of what makes this album so tasty. A must buy in my opinion.
FOR CONCERNED PARENTS:
This album does delve into some dark themes (social anxiety, depression, etc) but never fails to keep it’s emphasis on reaching for hope and love. In fact, several of the songs could be translated as battle cries of the underdog tearing down their walls and preparing to take the world in a whole new light! Very positive overall. (And perhaps Christian as well, if that’s what you’re looking for… As a Christian myself, there’s a lot for me to glean from these lyrics.)
OTHER HARDCORE GREATS TO CHECK OUT:
Unbreakable- Mychildren Mybride
Constellations- August Burns Red
Lost in the Sound of Separation- Underoath
With Roots Above and Branches Below-The Devil Wears Prada
An Ocean Between Us- As I Lay Dying
Dreamer- Haste the Day
Storm the Gates of Hell- Demon Hunter