As Cities Burn - Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest (Cover Artwork)

As Cities Burn

As Cities Burn: Son, I Loved You At Your DarkestSon, I Loved You At Your Darkest (2005)
Solid State Records

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As Cities Burn may be yet another singing/screaming post-hardcore signing by Solid State Records, but fortunately, Solid State signs some solid (no pun intended) and enjoyable acts (see also: Underoath, Dead Poetic, He Is Legend), none of which are responsible for overt preachiness as well. Despite .
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As Cities Burn may be yet another singing/screaming post-hardcore signing by Solid State Records, but fortunately, Solid State signs some solid (no pun intended) and enjoyable acts (see also: Underoath, Dead Poetic, He Is Legend), none of which are responsible for overt preachiness as well. Despite the notable absence of some strong tracks and scattered spots of overambition, As Cities Burn's debut Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest is relatively hard to disassociate with this group.

As abovementioned, the band could be filed in fairly easily with those three, but they strive for some more complex guitars of the atmospheric, wall-of-sound variety ¡ la label alum Beloved. Sure, there's spots of melody, but it's not quite floating on the surface as often as the band is breaking free from verse-chorus form and opting instead for instrumental-dependent tracks. It's far more creative than most of their genre-mates if not a bit noodly at points (closer "Of Want And Misery: The Nothing That Kills" trudges through a 7-minute running time with little to offer besides a delicate piano/vocal segue) and marginally clustered, thus acting as little more than enjoyable white noise, maybe "gray noise" standing alone. "Love Jealous One, Love" takes advantage of the soft, washy guitars slowly declining in aural power as light gang chants help fade out the track, and it's further proof of the band's flawless ability to mix the different vocal styles of their genre without ever coming off forced or proficiently deficient.

While lead singer T.J. Bonnette is amiably capable of his role as the screaming vocalist for the band, it's his melodic counterpart and apparent brother, guitarist Cody Bonnette, that provides the more interesting parts of the disc. It's pretty much a hook any time Cody, who resembles Circa Survive's Anthony Green, opens his mouth, as in his line of "and ohhhh how sweet, the sound" in opener "Thus From My Lips, By Yours, My Sin Is Purged," or in "Bloodsucker Pt. II" with the line of "you can have it if means that muuuch to you..." He essentially provides any catchiness Darkest has to offer, even if it's one of the disc's few, slower and more vocal-dependent tracks like "The Widow."

Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest might come as a bit of fresh air to some looking for a slight reinvention to the style, but for me it hasn't been filtered enough through various elements standing in its way for it to be a thoroughly great album. Regardless, there's a ton of potential being carried here if nothing else, and it's likely the followup will offer much more.

Thus From My Lips, By Yours, My Sin Is Purged
Bloodsucker Pt. II
Terrible! How Terrible For The Great City!


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mutenameless (February 10, 2007)

This is one of my most favorite bands

Snakes (August 18, 2006)

one of the best hard music albulms i've ever heard,none of yall may agree with that remark, but if you don't think this is at least a good albulm, than your a fuckin disgrace to music

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

probably one of the most played in my collection. nice dudes, even though theyre christian.

Anonymous (March 7, 2006)

As cities burn rule! i should know, im from the same town two of the members are from!, while the others are from a city an hour away. They played here as just a local band when i was like 12, and their old stuff is so good! they still play here quite often and keep getting better every time! son i loved you at your darkest is such a great album!

Anonymous (February 19, 2006)

This is an easy disk to listen too over and over and over... want to know the reason why? Because they said fuck you to the chorus structure (okay, as Christians they probably said 'excuse me').. and its bomb diggity

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

This is my new favorite band. I love the last song "Of Want and Misery: the Nothing that kills". I enjoy a long song that allows the band to show of its musical and vocal skills. These guys are amazing and its nice to have another christian band.

LaidToWaste (December 11, 2005)

Christain or not, this is an amazing cd with beautiful lyrics and great music. it's the kind of cd you have to listen to a few times to really appreciate its greatness.

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

amazing cd...... has almost ( slightly) progressive sound to it, only complaint is that cody (whoever sang on "The Widow") would sing more...

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

I find this band amazing. They put on an amazing live show and the album only brings you right back to the front row. The brothers in this band sound so amazing together. Find me another band with they're love and energy.

Anonymous (August 6, 2005)

I really enjoy this CD, and since I read the lyrics and can now sing along, I can't escape it, I find myself always putting the disc in to listen time after time. I really enjoy the disc from beginning to end; it did grow on me though. Give it a chance and I'm sure it will do the same. By the way, GO SEE THEM LIVE...they will blow you away, Best consistent live band I have seen.

Anonymous (July 26, 2005)

idk what u guys are talking about, this bad offers everything, screaming, singing and awesome music all together, 5 out of 5 for this band

Anonymous (July 18, 2005)

as cities burn is a good band with good intentions, and they are very creative, and you, go suck a nut

Anchors (July 18, 2005)

I was thinking the exact same thing.

maverick (July 18, 2005)

What are you, Gym Class Heroes?


Anonymous (July 16, 2005)

As I lay dying from autumn to ashes, and as my friends began to rust (during a funeral for a friend); the cities burnt. My chemical romance had made me mistake planes for stars which utterly ruined my equal vision. Between the buried and me, a Whilhelm stood screaming, totally failing to embrace today.

The End.

(A short story by Ken)

stevejonestherealbones (July 15, 2005)

...i dont...know...its almost...as ...welll....this cd.....i kind of dont.....really....the...title....as cities....burn....its stupid...well....cock....in....my mouth....

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

soulbleed (July 15, 2005)

i want to punch people who use ... in sentences (excluding myself for the sake of presentation). you sound like you're unsure of yourself and you want a cock in your mouth. so unless that's the case, stop doing it. lamer.

crazytoledo (July 15, 2005)

Its a religious band and I hated this disc...

sickboi (July 15, 2005)


sickboi (July 15, 2005)

Is that album title some lame Christianity reference? Like god talking to Jeeus or something?

theundergroundscene (July 15, 2005)

this seems like a band with a lot of good ideas executed poorly

not a bad cd though, maybe a 5 and not a 6

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

Great live band, even though some songs on here are pretty shaky but I'm pretty sure these guys the next time around will release one of the best albums in the genre.

Good, solid album.

- Allular (not logged in)

stevejonestherealbones (July 15, 2005)

so, is anyone gonna review the new throw rag cd? thats a pretty good one

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

etwiels88 (July 15, 2005)

Some good tracks on this album, but I'm glad I downloaded it over buying it.

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