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Fear Before - Odd How People Shake [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

Fear Before

Fear Before: Odd How People Shake [reissue]Odd How People Shake [reissue] (2004)
Equal Vision Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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As I looked at the title of the band Fear Before the March of Flames, the unwieldy name printed on the cover of "Odd How People Shake" I came to a sort of realization. The recent habit of naming bands after abstract sounding phrases seems to reveal more about the doldrums of the scene than first .
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As I looked at the title of the band Fear Before the March of Flames, the unwieldy name printed on the cover of "Odd How People Shake" I came to a sort of realization. The recent habit of naming bands after abstract sounding phrases seems to reveal more about the doldrums of the scene than first appears. Just like the band names seem to be composed of random words strung together, it seems more and more like these bands do the same thing with their sound.

In the case of FBTMOF, they seem to be gluing together their influences just the way they've glued together the name of the band. Each track seems to follow a telegraphed pattern; aggressive screamed opening, a slow down into a more melodic, indie rock influenced (and occasional spoken) place through the bridge, and back to the heavy screaming. While some of the tracks vary slightly on the simple formula - like "Girl's Got a Face Like Murder" which starts off slowly for a few seconds, and delays the inevitable screaming aggressive bit before returning to the safety of the formula.

While the band's bio heaps on the praise, comparing the band to such progressive luminaries like Converge, Botch and the Blood Brothers, the band does little to live up to the praise. In fairness, those comparisons are hard for anyone to live up to, but the height of the bar aside, there is little to single out the band period. A more honest biography might compare the band to their previous tour mates Dead Poetic, Anatomy of a Ghost, and a slightly less dynamic Blood Brothers.

I know that some people are critical of reviews because there is so much emphasis placed on world changing originality, but ask yourself why you'd want an imitation when the original is in the next aisle? I certainly don't feel that there is anything calculated about the band's attempt; I'm sure they are sincere in their musical endeavors, but for all their sound and fury, there is little to separate them from the increasingly large and homogenous pack. The wealth of interesting influences throughout Odd How People Shake suggests a promising future, but this record isn't it.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 20, 2006)

sing it sister, this band SUCKS.

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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Anonymous (August 16, 2005)

fbtmof rocks my cock

Anonymous (March 28, 2005)

I just got back from seeing these guys on the Underoath tour &they by far blew every band out of water.

Amazing stuff.

-Zach

Anonymous (February 7, 2005)

The people that gave these guys a bad review never opened their ears enough to listen, nor did they read the lyrics. These guys are amazing and have their OWN unique sound. Other bands might in some way sound alike, but in no way does that mean they ripped off the other band. So for those who say these guys are unoriginal think again. In fact I have 2 odd how people shake CD's, because I like them so much. Well actually it was because they said there was going to be other stuff on the re-released CD, but I didn't hear or see anything different. It's all good though because I supported the band. FBTMOF OWNS YOU...

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

was the EVR version rerecorded or something? because this song (not sure of the name ) that my friend has on his computer, the screams sound better, and the same song that i have, has really shitty screaming.

Anonymous (November 23, 2004)

this band maybe arent the most origonal around, but they do a good job with what they do

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

this review is shit. this cd rocks

Anonymous (June 10, 2004)

i love this cd. you have to give it some fucking time. i bought it without even listeing to it. at first i hated it but kept listeing and i grew to love them. even if they do sound like the blodd brothers, how many abnds do you know play "spazz-core". listen to the lyrics, these guys are really good and REALLY underated. and they were awsome live. killed me.

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

this is one of the most well written reviews i have ever read. kudos
randomdipshit

Anonymous (April 13, 2004)

"Haha yeah, it's like the Mad Caddies' cover, except that nobody wanted to associate themselves with this shitty music, so the band had to use cardboard cut-outs instead."

Yeah...because I'm sure those people who were obviously photographed in the 1940's/50's knew that their photographs would be associated with such groundbreaking music as the Mack Daddies.... I mean Mad Caddies.........

my cat comes up with worse band names in his sleep

Romeo (April 12, 2004)

I always think Refused when I see this bands name

Anonymous (April 12, 2004)

i like it

inagreendase (April 12, 2004)

I really like this CD but can see where you're coming from.

Anonymous (April 12, 2004)

i like the title of this cd

ForrestLaw (April 12, 2004)

the band isn't bad, it's just old. all of it is old, old, OLD. can we try something else now? i think that's what people are trying to say.

Anonymous (April 11, 2004)

i happen to think this band is amazing. they are very similar to botch but more pop influence and they are amazing live. just amazing. check them out this summer and then you'll shut the hell up.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

Haha yeah, it's like the Mad Caddies' cover, except that nobody wanted to associate themselves with this shitty music, so the band had to use cardboard cut-outs instead.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

Woops...
I LOVE this band. Not live.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

I live this band.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

here's to agreeing with the reviewer, these guys suck

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

mad caddies are sweet, but this holiday has been canceled for Fear Before the March of Flames. their flight has been delayed and their baggage is very abundant. shIza.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

cover art...mad caddies anyone?

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

They're fucking awesome.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

I wasn't actually comparing these guys to Refused, just saying that I think that they will get better as they mature as artists.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

they got on my nerves, it was pure work too listen to this cd..no fun given

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

the music itself isn't too bad. but the vocals aren't too good.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

I myself can't really find myself listening to this much on cd, but these guys are somethin' else live. I heard the new demos too, and if you thought it was decent but void of some elements you wish that were there, they have 'em in the new songs. This album definitely doesn't do the band justice like their live show does.

- Allular

ElVaquero (April 9, 2004)

This band is good for a few songs, but I could never imagine owning an entire cd. The Arrivals however, are worth that.

Tekken is good, but Street Fighter and Soul Calibur are always better.

Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent is an 8, The Shape Of Punk To Come is a 10. This album is a 4 or 5. Nope.

I hear that they're good live.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

tekken owns you son, eddie gordo says so bitch.

-Forrest Law

yellowtrash (April 9, 2004)

The song from Equalvision makes this band a total Botch rip off with some singing. This is unaspiring and boring. The vocals are pretty weak too. The singing is OK but the "growls" doesn't have any impact.

Jesse (April 9, 2004)

It's not bad. I like the band name and the album title and song names. Shows a little bit more effort than most bands these days. I can definitely pick out the influences. I agree whole heartedly with the review. I'd like to see what they put out later on. It's like Refused. Sure "Songs to Fan the Flame of Discontent" was GOOD, but "The Shape of Punk to Come" is just fucking amazing. I'd like to hear this band's "The Shape of Punk to Come," if they ever put one out.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

I disagree with this review as well. I think it's a pretty good cd. The review was well written though, so at least I can understand why Aubin doesn't like it.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

"I totally disagree with this review. To me, this band is incredibly original. I haven't really heard any hardcore who managed to pull of anything close to what they do, save the blood brothers. This cd made my top 10 of last year (the original release on Rise)."

You're an idiot.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

Score is for Tekken, that game is so overrated.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (April 9, 2004)

The band name and cover art says it all.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

I totally disagree with this review. To me, this band is incredibly original. I haven't really heard any hardcore who managed to pull of anything close to what they do, save the blood brothers. This cd made my top 10 of last year (the original release on Rise). I know they used to be pop-punk band, and they get alot of shit for that, but everyobody went through their pop-punk stage.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

This isn't bad, but it's nowhere near as good as the Challenger CD.

p.s. Lei is better than Law - and Nina better than both of them.

thriceequalsgod (April 9, 2004)

theres a review of this album by inagreendase here

ive been wanting to check this out for a while..

sloppyblake (April 9, 2004)

these guys use to be in a band called 36flip. they played pop punk like mest and student rick.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

agreed.

-Forrest Law

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

Has anyone written or submitted a Pulley review? If not, I'll get to it.

Anonymous (April 9, 2004)

Good review...I have seen them a ton around here in Denver, but I just had to say one thing. The bands name actually came from a headline in the Rocky Mountain News (or the Denver Post, I am not sure). It was about the huge wildfires we had around here a couple of summers ago, and the front page headline said "Fear Before the March of Flames." Yep.

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