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Sinai Beach

Sinai Beach: ImmersedImmersed (2005)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: Sally_FieldMeg
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It would be a sheer impossibility to pinpoint exactly where Sinai Beach goes wrong on their new album, Immersed. Perhaps the incredibly clichéd instrumental track "Apocalypse" contributes to it. The album's next track, "Obedience Through Desecration," would be borderline enjoyable without the wail.
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It would be a sheer impossibility to pinpoint exactly where Sinai Beach goes wrong on their new album, Immersed. Perhaps the incredibly clichéd instrumental track "Apocalypse" contributes to it. The album's next track, "Obedience Through Desecration," would be borderline enjoyable without the wailing, not even melodic vocal interludes. "The God I Would Be" doesn't exactly redeem Sinai Beach, either. Whether by accident or design, Sinai Beach tend to ruin their songs about 2 minutes into it with the vocal alterations.

Listening to the first 3 songs on the album will give you a pretty good idea of what Sinai Beach is all about. And if you don't even want to listen, I'll give you the spoiler: they are not good. Sure, they have breakdowns, aggressive vocals m/, and have toured with Throwdown, but they also, however, have a horrible synth intro to "To The Church." There definitely is a difference between originality and unnecessary obnoxiousness and it's never been made so clear.

For a label who boasts bands such as Hawthorne Heights and Straylight Run, it's not surprising to read something along the lines of "There are no apologies. Only brutality" on Victory's website describing Sinai Beach. And really, after listening to the album, an apology would seem pretty necessary. Danzig- and Pantera-inspired or not, Sinai Beach aren't cutting it. And by "it," I mean managing to be a relatively good Christian metalcore band.

If this is metalcore, I ain't buyin'.

MP3s
Obedience Through Desecration
Necessary Bloodshed

 


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Anonymous (April 23, 2006)

please dont tell me u just sed hawthorn height are better than sinai beach other wise u have fukn issues

Anonymous (November 11, 2005)

Metalcore is a dying genre, it was at its peak, but this album I found pushed through the sea of wannabes and ripoffs. Sinai Beach put what I though was an interesting blend of metal, hardcore, and rock. The crooning voals are that reminiscent of Glenn Danzig, which I found pretty awesome, since not a lot people croon anymore. Crooning is one the most true forms of singing, it comes from the soul. Unlike a lot of the singing these days that are pretty much monotone. Plus, they don't play in a dropped-B or w/e tuning, which I give SB respect because people believe you always have to drop tune a the first string to make hardcore or w/e.

crazytoledo (July 2, 2005)

CJs gotta go back to the old clean vocals, not the Danzig shit...

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

Reality Check for Silly Field.
Immersed,is the HOLY GRAIL.

crazytoledo (May 19, 2005)

CJ can sing and the album is good with some mini type solos that are good... There's some better choices but Sinai Beach kicks ass.

If only they didn't sing about the stupidest things ever, religion...

Anonymous (May 4, 2005)

I love this album and I love CJ's singing

jaxkid1 (April 27, 2005)

Ouch, two points to Sally.

Sally_Field (April 25, 2005)

This is probably one of the worst album reviews I have ever read. Did you even listen to it? And who cares what label a band is on, or whatever that labels website might say, it should be about the music.

Hahaha.

Yes, I listened to it. That was my first mistake. My second mistake was actually taking the time to reply to this comment.

lol@u

Anonymous (April 25, 2005)

I Bought this album not having listened to previous SB albums...when the first came on it sounded really good...but then...the stupid synths came up...ugh...ok, I could live with it....all the other songs sound really good, but the singing is HORRIBLE. Who told him he can sing? He sounds like that guy on Mushroom head. The singing alone makes me not recommend this album to anyone.

Anonymous (April 24, 2005)

This is probably one of the worst album reviews I have ever read. Did you even listen to it? And who cares what label a band is on, or whatever that labels website might say, it should be about the music.

Anonymous (April 24, 2005)

to the person below me, you lost all cred when you said hawthone heights were good.

Anonymous (April 24, 2005)

This band is rockin weather you admit it or not, and to make them even better is that there a god fearing group of people that sing about not always positive things but, the truth. victory sign some good bands and hawthorn heights is one of them. If you never heard of The Showdown, witch you might have already. check em out there awesome.
i give these guys a 10 just for the lyrics alone.

Sally_Field (April 22, 2005)

what is everyone's fixation on the fact that they are christian, yeah its a big part of how they are personally but c'mon christian, mormon, buddahist, whatever religion you are doesn't matter. what comes down to it is whether you can write good music.

And they don't--

Christian is used as an adjective because they specifically refer to themselves as Christian. If they hadn't, I wouldn't comb through the lyrics, attempting to determine their religion. I really don't give that many shits.

Anonymous (April 22, 2005)

"....cutting it as a christian metalcore band..."

what is everyone's fixation on the fact that they are christian, yeah its a big part of how they are personally but c'mon christian, mormon, buddahist, whatever religion you are doesn't matter. what comes down to it is whether you can write good music.

Anonymous (April 22, 2005)

I think that person was talking about singing, not screaming. And there is even a right and wrong way to scream. If you scream wrong you can get sick and throw-up or lose your voice, so yeah it does take talent

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

"CJ's vocals just show how talented he really is "

I can scream into a microphone really loud too. Am i talented?

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

By the grace of god!

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

that may be true but you cannot say a band sucks simply because they are on victory, that's ignorant

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

because a person would accept a contract from Victory, in no way makes existing bands on Victory not suck.

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

http://retarddisco.com/video/tr_mike_tysons_punch_out.mov

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

You can't know a whole album by listening to just 30 seconds of it. And thats pretty ignorant to say that all victory bands suck. If you don't listen to them you don;t know, get over yourself because you know that if you had a band and victory would push, you'd be on it to. Get off you high horse and step into realtiy.

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

If you had any ears at all you would think this was a good album. People are just butt hurt that Sinai Beach decided to go more metal on this album. There are still breakdowns to mosh to and dance to at shows. CJ's vocals just show how talented he really is and you can't blame him for wanting to show them off because I bet that if any other frontman with his vocals would do the same thing. As far as orginality, there is alot. They structure their songs lke pop songs to make the songs more catchy and thats what makes them different. I just think you are bitter because they are not as hardcore or whatever they used to be.

Sally_Field (April 21, 2005)

Please explain what this is supposed to mean. Is it a critique of their writing ability, their taste in music, or something entirely different?

I just wanted to talk about Hawthorne Heights.
Because nobody ever does that.
Ever.

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

all i'm gonna say is snow dogs.

Anonymous (April 21, 2005)

the only good band on victory records is streetlight manifesto

p-fresh (April 21, 2005)

Grade

p-fresh (April 21, 2005)

Integrity
Strife
All Out War
Earth Crisis (before "Slither")
Cast Iron Hike
Path Of Resistance
Snapcase

bizzlebrizzle (April 20, 2005)

Warzone
Grey Area
Reach The Sky
Buried Alive
A. 18
Ringworm
Comeback Kid
With Honor

Kenjamin (April 20, 2005)

and grey area

Sally_Field (April 20, 2005)

Warzone were on Victory.

Just sayin'

As well as Shutdown (!)

bizzlebrizzle (April 20, 2005)

Victory has had some good bands, and still has a few good ones.

But for the most part, yeah, victory records sucks.

Anonymous (April 20, 2005)

its too bad this sucks cuz the cover is sweet. my score is for the cover art

KFClown (April 19, 2005)

"its on victory. i could tell you how shitty this band is without even listening to it."

Warzone were on Victory.

Just sayin'

jaxkid1 (April 19, 2005)

Pinkies up for this review.
m/.

punkcorekid (April 19, 2005)

wow harsh. i thought it was pretty good

....did you listen to it?

Anonymous (April 19, 2005)

And by â??it,â?ť I mean managing to be a relatively good Christian metalcore band.

is this not an oxymoron in itself? we dont need your religious intolerance in our scene. get out!

Anonymous (April 19, 2005)

wow harsh. i thought it was pretty good

inagreendase (April 19, 2005)

Weird, I can't get that damn backslash to show up.

Anonymous (April 19, 2005)

Jesus is very disappointed.

Anonymous (April 19, 2005)

absolutely horrendous.

soulbleed (April 19, 2005)

i loved this band's first two ep's, but i couldn't get into one track on this entire album. boo.

moneenerd (April 19, 2005)

Yeah so many clichés here that were pretty rad once uopn a time, but are now way too often seen/heard:

-oldschool metal font for band name on the cover
-keyboard/synth fronted instrumentals and intros/outros
-chugga chugga chugga sing chugga chugga chugga growl

recordings (April 19, 2005)

the review wasnt great...but the band is worse.

bizzlebrizzle (April 19, 2005)

I just wanna know...

"WHERE'S THE FUCKING CORE!?"

joeg (April 19, 2005)

its on victory. i could tell you how shitty this band is without even listening to it. and yes i did listen to it and there goes 30 seconds of my life i won't get back.

Benjasaurus (April 19, 2005)

Score for this: "m/"

Anonymous (April 19, 2005)

"For a label who boasts bands such as Hawthorne Heights and Straylight Run, itâ??s not surprising to read something along the lines of â??There are no apologies. Only brutalityâ?ť on Victoryâ??s website describing Sinai Beach.""

Please explain what this is supposed to mean. Is it a critique of their writing ability, their taste in music, or something entirely different?

TheOneTrueBill (April 19, 2005)

"If this is metalcore, I ainâ??t buyinâ??."

That's what most intelligent people say.

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