Escape the Fate got fans pumped for its newest album, "Escape the Fate." This is the band's third full-length album, and it hit No. 1 on Billboard's chart of hard rock albums.
"This record is the cure for the modern day music epidemic," said Max Green, Escape the Fate's bassist.
The album begins with beautiful but rather creepy instrumentals in "Choose Your Fate." It builds on itself and sets up the rest of the album nicely.
I was enormously impressed with how well the album flows. The transitions between songs are flawless.
The band mixes hard rock and effects on the guitar, bass and vocals in a way that keeps your foot tapping and your head bobbing. ETF keeps a similar sound to its previous album, "This War Is Ours," but the music has definitely evolved and blends genres more.
Monte Money's guitar playing really stands out. His rapid solo in "The Aftermath (G3)" and his catchy riffs in "Issues" and "Gorgeous Nightmare" really caught my attention. His acoustic moment in "Prepare Your Weapon" is beautiful, and I enjoyed the muting technique he used in "Zombie Dance."
Craig Mabbitt's skill is undeniable. I was disappointed when ETF's former singer, Ronnie Radke, departed from the band, but Mabbitt has proven that he fits in well.
Mabbitt's vocals are very clear throughout the entire work and he stretches his range to surprising notes. He conveys emotion well, especially in "World Around Me." It reminds me of his work in "Harder Than You Know" on ETF's "This War Is Ours" album.
While sung well, the lyrics don't blow me away. They are not as deep and poetic in every song as they are in ETF's 2006 album, "Dying Is Your Latest Fashion." This drags parts of the album down.
Escape the Fate also leans a bit too much on the sinister, dangerous side, making some of that emotion seem contrived. Darkness in music means so much more with strong and realistic emotions behind it.
Although not every song has fantastic dynamics, many switch from minor to major, which keeps them from getting boring. The modulation in "The Aftermath (G3)" has phenomenal timing. The tempo of a few songs could be a little bit faster though.
After a while, some of ETF's songs seem redundant. "City of Sin" has too similar of a drumbeat to "Bad Blood," released earlier this year.
I also noticed that the songs "City of Sin," "Liars and Monsters" and "The Final Blow" all follow a pattern that reminds me of "Issues." Some tracks lack creativity and nerve.
The deluxe edition of the album includes the tracks "Liars and Monsters" and "The Final Blow" that the regular version does not. Because of their already familiar sound, they are not worth purchasing.
The Ruxpin Remix of "Issues" is also on the deluxe edition of the album, and this angle of the song wows me. It puts an interesting club-ish vibe to the track and uses the synthesizer well.
I was glad ETF doesn't overdo the screaming. They include enough that parents might be disturbed, but not so much that the album becomes too loud altogether.
The overall sound of this album might appeal to listeners of I See Stars, Silverstein and A Skylit Drive. Teens that listen to a majority of mainstream artists might also enjoy ETF's mix of rock and studio effects.
Escape the Fate seems ready to take on a growing fan base and continues to impress. In the band's own words, "Prepare your weapon. The battle ends when I give in."
Erin Sydney Welsh is a freshman at Clarence High School.