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InMemory: In So Many WordsIn So Many Words (2004)
Doughmain Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: lukeLuke
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Well, well. InMemory finally released a full-length album. I had been waiting for the day, I'll tell you that right now. While not a widely-known act, the Simi Valley, CA band had released a song for last year's pop-punk Christmas compilation A Santa Cause. But make no mistake about it. InMemor.
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Well, well. InMemory finally released a full-length album. I had been waiting for the day, I'll tell you that right now. While not a widely-known act, the Simi Valley, CA band had released a song for last year's pop-punk Christmas compilation A Santa Cause. But make no mistake about it. InMemory is not your typical pop-punk band.

With In So Many Words, listeners are subjected to a barrage of loud, passionate vocals, sonic guitars, powerful bass lines, and thundering drums, which combined, create songs unlike you've ever heard. Comparions to The Used (when they kicked ass) and My Chemical Romance are to be expected, but this band is far from what others would judge as a fad. The songs are honest, which is more than most bands can say about their work. The musicianship is extremely tight. Plus, the band members aren't pricks, which actually brings a lot to the table, whether listeners realize it or not.

Easily the best song on the album, "If Shadows Wrote Diaries," also previously released on the 03EP, should pull newcomers to the band right in. It's quite simply a great song, and while all the other songs are amazing in their own way, none come close to this powerhouse. That's right, I said powerhouse.

Yes, this is a short review, and this being my first one, I think it's appropriate. Basically, all you need to know is this: if you like good musicianship and honest vocals and lyrics, you should like this. If you don't, well then, you need to broaden your musical horizons.

 


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Anonymous (February 9, 2005)

i think this band is really good live. people that posted comments and talked shit don't know anything. my chemical romance is okay but they are played out atleast this isn't on kiss.fm or on pop stations so keep talking your shit.

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

I totally agree with your review. They are amazing and i have had the honor to see them quite a bit.

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

i love InMemory
you guys are going to fuckin blow up BIG and im gonna be there with the biggest smile on my face, you guys are the best out there in my point of view...rock on and keep it real....

-vanessa-
nustyniet@hotmail.com

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

"Comparions to The Used (when they kicked ass)...

And thats when I realized you are absofuckinglutely clueless."

Oh, so his opinion was wrong? See, I thought you really couldn't have a wrong opinion because thats all it was, an opinion. But I guess some people out there are just absofuckinglutely clueless about how that all works.

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

"Comparions to The Used (when they kicked ass)...

And thats when I realized you are absofuckinglutely clueless."

Oh, so his opinion was wrong? See, I thought you really couldn't have a wrong opinion because thats all it was, an opinion. But I guess some people out there are just absofuckinglutely cluess about how that all works.

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

For those that would defend the review...you need to question the quality of the sites integrity...and while its understood every review is subjective to the listener...there is a degree of prefessionalism and objectivity that should be present in a reviewers assesment...this is what is quite lacking and highlighted by the vehement conversation of this review...this is not a 5 star album...and the site...and this reviewer should concede that.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

everyone on this site is a prick. if it's a generic band that's easily forgotten, why waste your time commenting? a million other people will say how much it sucks for you.
thanks for writing a review, kid.

SilentStorms (December 7, 2004)

I don't even want to give this a chance. Remember that just because one person (the reviewer) thinks the band is really good, doesn't mean they deserve a 5. I mean c'mon, the Used and My Chemical Romance...? No wonder I passed.

Anonymous (December 6, 2004)

Seriously, never let this guy review a cd agian. This cd is unlistenable and unorignal. The recording is so low quality it makes it really hard to listen to. I tried to look past that as I listened to the cd. Vocally the cd is very bad and repetitive. Perfect scores should go to bands like At The Drive-In, Refused, The Weakerthans, Jawbreaker, The Promise Ring, ect. Not this crap.

WORST REVIEW EVER!

Anonymous (December 6, 2004)

Everybody should give the reviewer a break. You don't have to agree with him. It is, afterall, just his opinion. I cant' believe how pretentious everyone is that posts on this board. Anyone and everyone should feel free to disagree with each and every review they read. Taste in music and, consequently, reviews are entirely subjective. BTW, I actually decided to go listen to some of this stuff .. . and you know what, I don't think it's all that bad. Yes, it is rather generic . . but not altogether terrible. I wouldn't give it 5 stars, but I've seen terrible records get perfect scores in many well respected zines, i.e. AltPress, Kerrang, NME. If you want to be pretentious, go rant at the reviews on Pitchforkmedia.

Anonymous (December 5, 2004)

an other dime a dozen shit emo band comes out, you meet the guys in the band and they actualy talk to you and now you have your panties in a bunch. wow. come on now buddy.

Anonymous (December 4, 2004)

i liked the bit about the used and my chemical romance and then the bit about broadening musical horizons.

Anonymous (December 4, 2004)

I've heard this cd, and still i only think the only good song they've ever made is "accents are overrated", that's a kick in the ass of a song even if it wears thin and just becomes annoying after a week.

Anonymous (December 4, 2004)

"Sonic guitars"
I appreciate sonic is a nice sounding word but how about you write a sentence based on meaning rather than throwing in random nice sounding words. Guitars that make sounds? Very enlightening. Fool.

bowzyjoe (December 4, 2004)

these guys suck kangaroo testicles

SethCohen (December 4, 2004)

My Chemical Romance's first album wasn't bad. It was better than the new one I think

tahoejeff (December 3, 2004)

They're pretty bad

bemused (December 3, 2004)

My Chemical Romance aren't that bad. C'mon guys

-Chris-

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

these guys suck kangaroo testicles.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

poor poor band, being compared to My Chemical Romance is a career obstacle that would be hard for anyone to by-pass.

Barkley

Anchors (December 3, 2004)

I'm usually really nice when I see a first review, but kid, you're a douchebag.

Score's for you.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

my score is for this band, and the fact that this fucking moron gave them a perfect score.

are you fucking kidding me here?
this band is ridiculously bad, and i'd honestly rather pleasure myself with a sandpaper glove on.

get a fucking clue.
and i hate to bring up what everyone else has... but it needs to be reiterated: you said the used once "kicked ass". if by "kicked ass" you mean made me want to plunge my naked body into a tub of razor blades, then yes, yes they kicked tons of ass.

tahoejeff (December 3, 2004)

Comparions to The Used (when they kicked ass)...

And thats when I realized you are absofuckinglutely clueless.

chad (December 3, 2004)

i hate to complain about the site, but i really think if the editors took the time to listen to this band and read the review they would realize that this is just a fan that is infatuated with inmemory. the rating system is flawed so anyone can give anything a 10 in reviews, but i dont understand how this could be allowed.

dazed (December 3, 2004)

You said the Used once kicked ass.

Who exactly needs to broaden their musical horizons again?

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

1st and last I hope...this is so bad!!!

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

I stopped reading after you said that the Used once kicked ass.

This has never happened.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

wow this shit sucks

Imposs1ble (December 3, 2004)

Sorry, I have a stuffy nose, that should have read "flesh hounds."

Imposs1ble (December 3, 2004)

Strike one: Admitting fanboy status in a review.
Strike two: Thinking you were badass for saying powerhouse
Strike three: Giving this album 5 stars, when I could have told you, without even hearing the music, that one-half to three-quarters of the people who visit this site will hate this.

I still respect your attempt since I wouldn't have the guts to put a review of my own in front of these flesh houds (including myself). However, I hate to say it, but it may be you who needs to expand your musical horizons.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

If shadows wrote diaries?!

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

While some of the criticisms of this review might be accurate....
I feel the need to point out that "honesty" and "originality" are two very different words...So don't use them as if they mean the same thing.
I have not heard this band, so I am not speaking specifically of them, but in general, just because a band isn't doing something totally new, how can you say they are not being "honest"? Honesty means you are being true to yourself and what you think and feel. It doesn't mean you are necessarily making music unlike anything ever heard before.
Plus, I think it's a little pretentious to bash bands that play music similar to what may be the current "fad" as you like to label it. Whether or not a type of music is a "fad" is another discussion for another day, but just because other bands play a similar style of music doesn't mean a new band can't do something in a similar vein while still being true to music they want to create.
Anyway, if that makes any sense at all, that's my two cents...I wish people would just get off their high horse and let people make their music, and if you don't like it, don't listen to it.

However, this review did leave much to be desired, in my opinion...

FortyMinutesWest (December 3, 2004)

I meant to give it a 1.

FortyMinutesWest (December 3, 2004)

The Used never kicked ass, you lie like a persian rug.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

That My Chemical Romance video is hilarious.

theundergroundscene (December 3, 2004)

I downloaded this, listened to it once, and quickly forgot about it. I didn't find it to be anything special at all.

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

Are you serious? you are obviously friends with this band....or a suck up from around their hometown. There is NOTHING original about this band. Honest songs? That's bullshit. There's nothing honest about music that comes out RIGHT in the middle of a fad. Sorry, it doesnt work that way. To give this cd a 10 is ridiculous. You're telling me that this record is as good as ANY record you've ever heard. Maybe YOU should broaden YOUR musical horizons.

joeg (December 3, 2004)

"Comparions to The Used (when they kicked ass) and My Chemical Romance are to be expected, but this band is far from what others would judge as a fad. The songs are honest, which is more than most bands can say about their work. The musicianship is extremely tight. Plus, the band members aren't pricks, which actually brings a lot to the table, whether listeners realize it or not.

Basically, all you need to know is this: if you like good musicianship and honest vocals and lyrics, you should like this. If you don't, well then, you need to broaden your musical horizons"

Bringing up the Used/My Chemical Romance comparisons was bad. Giving reasons like "well they aren't pricks" is bad. Me needing to broaden my musical horizons means you are an arrogant fuck. Remember, the job of the reviewer is to want to make people listen to the band, not the opposite. Other than that, not bad for a 1st review!

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