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From Autumn to Ashes - Abandon Your Friends (Cover Artwork)

From Autumn to Ashes

From Autumn to Ashes: Abandon Your FriendsAbandon Your Friends (2005)
Vagrant Records

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From Autumn to Ashes' Abandon Your Friends is the followup to their Vagrant debut, The Fiction We Live. If you've followed From Autumn to Ashes, you've probably noticed that from album to album their sound tends to lighten up, and Abandon Your Friends continues the trend. The album starts off wit.
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From Autumn to Ashes' Abandon Your Friends is the followup to their Vagrant debut, The Fiction We Live. If you've followed From Autumn to Ashes, you've probably noticed that from album to album their sound tends to lighten up, and Abandon Your Friends continues the trend.

The album starts off with "Where Do You Draw the Line," which is a pretty good example of what to expect from From Autumn to Ashes. It has some solid guitar riffs and effiecent metalcore shouting in the verses, and then carries a solid melody and some solid, clean vocals by drummer Francis Mark, which makes the song somewhat catchy. The next song, "Inapprope," differs greatly compared to FATA's previous work. The song is carried by Mark's singing and has some catchy guitar hooks and drumming.

After a solid beginning, From Autum to Ashes run into a few bumps in the road. "Sugar Wolf" and "Vicious Cockfight" have some solid guitar work, but in the end are way too predictable and, ultimately, generic metalcore. It doesn't really help matters that the drum work is barely there and the bass follows the guitar like they're stuck together by super glue. "Streamline" follows, and the song is so slow, it's a mood-killer. It doesnt the help that the lyrics on the track are extremely weak and would fit in on any generic Victory emo CD.

The rest of the album, up to the final two tracks, is a mix of generic metalcore and boring, predictable melodies sung by Francis over some mellow music work. FATA redeem themselves slightly with "Jack and Ginger," which is a solid track, if only for the delivery on the vocals by Ben. The album then ends with another slow track in "Abandon Your Friends," though the keys by guitarist Brian is slightly refreshing.

In the end, Abandon Your Friends just can't finish the deal. It has its moments where they nail the metalcore sound and their softer songs are catchy, with well-written guitar hooks and melodies, but they just can't deliver it the entire CD. Towards the end, the songs sound way too generic and there are too many slower songs. If you're a fan of From Autumn to Ashes, you'll be disappointed. I still can't understand how something that starts off so well ends so badly.

 

 
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xxjohnnyrocketxx (January 11, 2007)

This album is great. I'm listening to it right now. I hate how every review on this site gets a low score because they are generic for their genre. They are in the genre, of course the bands will sound similar. I think that From Autumn to Ashes have matured and I like the direction they are going. Yeah this album is not for everyone, but the slow songs are a very nice change of pace. I wouldn't want the whole album to be all screams with hard hitting guitars. Its the diversity in the album that keeps it exciting.

I know everyone has their opinions, and my opinion is that this album is great. It's not the best album i have heard, it doesn't really do anything different, but the songs are well written and are executed nicely. It isn't as tech as their Ferret release, but it is still a good album and is worth buying.

Satelliteyrs (December 10, 2006)

another masterpiece
idc i love this band

nikko (December 5, 2005)

wat a horrible band!!!!

nikko (December 5, 2005)

wat a horrible band!!!!

crazytoledo (October 28, 2005)

Im still in high school.

Anyways, there are bands that changed and I like their newer sound better than what they sounded like back in the day, but I'm not going to give afree pass to every band who cleans up their sound.

That'd be plain retarded...

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

Oh no a band changed, what are we going to fucking do???**intense sarcasm** Fuck all of you who say this sucks, fuck all of you who say there old stuff was better, and thank you for the ones who accept it as what it is. Bands change, people change, we all change. I like the change.

You are not good at reviewing, please stop.
(i speak very good english but i thought you might understand that a little more) go back to school

crazytoledo (October 25, 2005)

This album blows hard...

And I actually like 2 songs from it and a song from their previous release, thier Ferret debut was good, this crap is just that...

Crap.

CherryColaRain (October 15, 2005)

Hmmm, "Too Bad You're Beautiful" is amazing. But when I heard the song "Jack And Ginger" on this album I fell in love with it. It somehow proves to me FATA is still has it in them. Like they themselves say, They are a band with an Identidy crisis. Hopefully they will pick the right ego soon. And for the people who are dissing Screamo or defending it...your missing two if the best bands! Kite Flying Society and Joshua Fit For Battle. Either way, this record was dissapointing, but not murderous.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

for the record, some people do actually like this album. Although i was slightly disappointed on the first listen cause i loved their Ben/Fran dual vocals and general kickassness of The Fiction We Live etc, if you give it another go it really grows on you.I like that they've gotten more focused and writen some lyrics that i think are very honest and clever,not just "oh shit i got dumped and i hate my ex". There's nothing 'gay' about lyrics which make you think a bit,or is that what you're afraid of?
Anyway,give it a chance,it might just surprise you after a few listens

where_is_the_muffin (October 7, 2005)

Hate all you want. I love it.

Anonymous (October 5, 2005)

how many of you stupid little fucks actually play music, or can even play a simple guitar riff. instead of nit picking and tearing apart bands you dont like go do something contructive with your lifes.

xoxohardcorepridexoxo

ps: if anyone of you retards can tell me what thats from ill give you 20 scene or punk rock points!!!!!!

Anonymous (October 4, 2005)

I abandoned this band about 20 seconds into their first song.

Anonymous (October 4, 2005)

i dont think you really know what your talking about, metalcore???? you cant even use that word when talking about from autmn to ashes, not even close. and emo lyrics? maybe you should listen to some emo music and see the difference in lyrics, either than that, good job

JohnnyRev99 (October 4, 2005)

I do agree that the cover is gay. It is very similar to The Plain White T's album cover

heartfailure (October 3, 2005)

ATDI wasn't "screamo" but nowhere did the anonymous guy who first mentioned them label them as "screamo" he just indicated they had screaming in their music

"screamo" usually has a negative connotation to be MTV backwash with screaming thrown in.

if you want good "screamo" though...as in, music that has non-metal screaming in it that's worth listening to, try the self-titled Alexisonfire CD or the self-titled The Fall Of Troy CD.

it's post-modern "screamo", but it's also really good. most people would bitch at me for not pointing out Saetia, Heroin, Rites Of Spring, blah blah blah started the entire "screamo" phase, but that stuff wasn't really refined into what screamo is now.

Anonymous (October 2, 2005)

This band's drummer should be shot. This band have never been good but will probably become huge (literally in the singer's case) which annoys me somewhat.

Joe

Anonymous (October 2, 2005)

I Hate Myself are a good screamo band, also they don't play metal bollocks, that the kids love so much these days.

Anonymous (October 2, 2005)

shitty band for shitty people

yayforapathy (October 1, 2005)

What do ATDI have to do with screamo?!

(gives lecture on how screamo didn't used to suck and there are still a few good screamo bands around, blah blah blah)

-Will"

What do you consider good screamo? Just asking because i always thought you hate everything, and i would like to see what bands you actually enjoy.

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

What do ATDI have to do with screamo?!

(gives lecture on how screamo didn't used to suck and there are still a few good screamo bands around, blah blah blah)

-Will

swingline (October 1, 2005)

gay.

heartfailure (October 1, 2005)

"ATDI would be dissapointed"

mhm =/

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

I could shove a mic up my ass and produce half the songs this band puts out

and TBYB is just as overrated; the album name is just fun to say

it's funny how all the contempoary screaming bands, except for a couple, want to be loud, yet to be loud you have to take alternate approaches then just screaming into a microphone and overlaying various powerchords. ATDI would be dissapointed

GreenVandal (October 1, 2005)

The cover reminds me of all of Sahara Hotnights album covers.

I think thats pretty funny.

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

more DOA, less seasons of the month bands, kay?

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

This bands great, if your perhaps deaf.

yayforapathy (October 1, 2005)

When did style overide talent in the scene? This band is no better than Atreyu, My Chemical Romance, and the like.

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

Only narrow-minded listeners who like incoherent screaming would pick "too bad" over the newer stuff.

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

someone tell me how TBYB was good?it's garbage. all you hardcore kids who refuse to believe that anything that's not screaming shit is good or that an artists less agressive material could be good love that album. but why? the screaming made everything sound the same and the singing was terrible. the music wasn't even good. anyone who's not such a fucking tool want to answer the question?

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

What?
The only thing this band has ever done that was even slightly interesting was on "Too Bad You're Beautiful", everything since has been complete generic garbage.

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

too bad you're beautiful sucked. how can people like such generic hardcore? at least their newer stuff shows some variation and creativity. you kids really have no fucking brains.

Shawn9mm (October 1, 2005)

What a shitty shitty cd.

GreenVandal (October 1, 2005)

This is crap. I just submitted a review. I'm awesome.

Anonymous (October 1, 2005)

another shitty band

localh (October 1, 2005)

oh jeez you got me
I was there for Local H you idiot

ZDP (October 1, 2005)

I really don't like this band, but I honestly laughed when I saw there was a song called "Vicious Cockfight"

etwiels88 (October 1, 2005)

"I had to sit through this crap 3 years ago they were playing the main room at the quest while local h was uipstairs anyway there were all these dumbasses doing spin kicks and stuff in the pit and 3 people had to be hauled off because they got kicked in the head or hit by some idiot doing the lawnmower dance.. It made my night."

All the tough guys hang out at FATA shows.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

"
Also, there is nothing metalcore about this band. There really isn't. You don't know your music.

And in terms of your ridiculous "lighter is worse" standpoint, I though I would mention that their first album was really generic and kinda sucked. They have improved with each album.

This is album is better than a lot of the stuff that has been released in the past few months.

Although you won't like it if you are one of those people that thinks bands like this are 'gay' but then againt how could we trust the opinions of people who are ignorant enough to use a world like that to describe something they dislike?

Score is for the review and the idiots on this site."

wow. you are completely fucking delusional. if you honestly think TBYB wasn't good, and that theyve gotten better since then, then you can rest assured that you really suck ass at music. you just don't know it yet.

there was a point where fata was my favorite band. then fiction we live came out, and they were still my favorite band because that record was still decent although not as good as TBYB. they were pretty good live too back then. then about a year went by before they toured around here, so i kind of lost track of them and stopped caring.

then the cover art for this album came out, as well as new publicity photos, and i knew that it was over. there was a point where they weren't all cliche emo looking faggots. but that was a while ago. i downloaded the album, kind of listened to it once, deemed it completely unlistenable, and haven't listened to it since. this will be fata's last album. they are pretty much a joke now except for their handful of delusional shitty taste in music fans who still think everything they put out is awesome because they can feel like men for liking them because they are "hardcore" or whatever, not realizing that they are actually a fag band now.

after the album came out, we went to see comeback kid, who were awesome as usual, and stayed for a little to watch fata since it had been a while. there was a huge buildup before they came onto the stage, all to be capped off with one of the most anti-climactic start of a song ever. ben had gotten balder and fatter, to the point where i felt like my fat drunk uncle was singing to me, and fran looked like he had just contracted Full Blown AiIDS.

we left 1/4 into the first song. fucking horrid.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

tracks 1,3,4,6,9,11 are ok but the rest are painful to listen to. #2 sounds like a flippin song simple plan would make. nothing could beat too bad your beautiful

localh (September 30, 2005)

I had to sit through this crap 3 years ago they were playing the main room at the quest while local h was uipstairs anyway there were all these dumbasses doing spin kicks and stuff in the pit and 3 people had to be hauled off because they got kicked in the head or hit by some idiot doing the lawnmower dance.. It made my night.

etwiels88 (September 30, 2005)

"Score is for the review and the idiots on this site."

Score is for how stupid you are for liking this album, and just for being stupid in the first place.

poopypants (September 30, 2005)

someone do all of us a 'solid' and make this band stop hurting ears

paul

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

You know why these guys are breaking up? Because they got into a trendy music scene that's now dying out and so is their schtick. The whole "I'm so depressed and sad listen to me whine about it over metalcore music" gig is dying out and these guys know it. Time to bail. 10 bucks says that in two years they'll all be dressed like 80's guys and play keyboards.

SteveJonesTheRealBones (September 30, 2005)

It has some solid guitar riffs and effiecent metalcore shouting in the verses, and then carries a solid melody and some solid, clean vocals by drummer Francis Mark

if that doesnt scream Formulaic Metalsnore and make you stay away from this band in search of real music, then i dont know what will

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- hey look. shift key in use up there

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

What's with this album cover? It looks ridiculous. It's bad enough that three of the guys are standing with their legs crossed, but they all look like mannequins in the store window of a woman's clothing store.

Did I mention this band has always sucked?

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

What's wrong with saying "solid" six times in one review ???
OmGzZZzzz ilu crazytoledo

poopypants (September 30, 2005)

"i've heard absolutely nothing good about this album. from anyone. does anyone know how many units this sold?"

uhhh hhuhuhuhuhuh ...he said unit....hehe hehehe

paul

crazytoledo (September 30, 2005)


Also, there is nothing metalcore about this band. There really isn't. You don't know your music.

And in terms of your ridiculous "lighter is worse" standpoint, I though I would mention that their first album was really generic and kinda sucked. They have improved with each album.

This is album is better than a lot of the stuff that has been released in the past few months.

Although you won't like it if you are one of those people that thinks bands like this are 'gay' but then againt how could we trust the opinions of people who are ignorant enough to use a world like that to describe something they dislike?

Score is for the review and the idiots on this site.

Tracks like "Jack & Ginger" are defitenately metalcore. There have been a lot of better albums released before this and after it for that matter, and they suck hard when they slow down. And I it's kind of've dumb to call a rview 'shit' cause you like it and the reviewer doesnt.

tylerdurden8136 (September 30, 2005)

i've heard absolutely nothing good about this album. from anyone. does anyone know how many units this sold? i'm gonna take a bet and say not too many...kids who listen to this type of music and this type of music only seem to quickly abandon bands for some reason.

and now in a hypocritical move, how about the new thrice album? FUCKING LETDOWN.

crazytoledo (September 30, 2005)

For someone complaing about someones writing you dint make yourself sound to 'bright.'

A dictionary would be used to help spelling or look up meaning of words, while a thesaurus (sp) would be used to look for words similar to basic words.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

this band was never good.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

I have not heard this album but I really have to ask... Does punknews.org post every goddamn review that is submitted? Seriously though, this review was written at around a 7th grade level... Why don't you just use the word solid a couple more times because it is quite descriptive... Christ... get a dictionary or something

JohnnyRev99 (September 30, 2005)

Yeah, I am happy about this too because the records have gotten pretty bad.

crazytoledo (September 30, 2005)

In an FATA unterview in decibel the one guy said that this may be the last album they put out as he doesnt plan to dothis for ever.

THANK YOU GOD.

JohnnyRev99 (September 30, 2005)

I was totally let down by this album. The songs that Ben sings are few and far between. I saw them at HOB in Chicago and they just seemed really tired. I read an article in AP about the future of the band and it appears that Fran Mark isn't really feeling it anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last FATA record.

rkl (September 30, 2005)

remember when fata was a good band?
thats okay, i dont either.

(note to guy who has a username but considers everyone else who uses this site to be stupid: YOU'RE GAY. jejejejejejejejeje)

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

Yeah, great, another worthless piece of shit record from a band that wouldn't know art if it came up and bit their dicks off.

poopypants (September 30, 2005)

i'm so hungover and you guys are making me laugh so thanks

they do look like they have to pee

i saw them once live and that drummer is one tone deaf skinny motherfucker

the singer is older than my dad

paul

poopypants (September 30, 2005)

say solid one more time man

paul

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

This record is disappointing even by my already low expectations of what this band could accomplish.

whatchokesbegin (September 30, 2005)

Shitty, shitty Review.

I'm a fan of this band and I was not disappointed. Did you not guarantee me otherwise?

Also, there is nothing metalcore about this band. There really isn't. You don't know your music.

And in terms of your ridiculous "lighter is worse" standpoint, I though I would mention that their first album was really generic and kinda sucked. They have improved with each album.

This is album is better than a lot of the stuff that has been released in the past few months.

Although you won't like it if you are one of those people that thinks bands like this are 'gay' but then againt how could we trust the opinions of people who are ignorant enough to use a world like that to describe something they dislike?

Score is for the review and the idiots on this site.

sickboi (September 30, 2005)

I love Superdude. I really do.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

this band just needs to end it already.

too bad you're beautiful was actually pretty good, but anything they've ever done past that has been hideously awful.

and their live show sucks hard.

give up.

kozaihod (September 30, 2005)

This album is hopeless.

superdude (September 30, 2005)

This was a pretty good review, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Are their legs crossed because they have to pee? Why wouldn't the photographer just give them a break?

2. You say predictable and boring, I say consitant and easy-going.

3. When you were listening to this, did you go and steal a pair of your sisters jeans?

4. They should male WWAWKD braclets. What Would Andrew W.K. Do?

5. Would he listen to this?

sickboi (September 30, 2005)

Remember when guys and girls had separate clothes?

Never liked this band. Never will.

Bonger (September 30, 2005)

That is the worst cover art I've seen in a while...Why are there legs crossed like that??? Is this the band that opened on the last Rise Against Comeback Kid tour. The lead singer is a fat dude and he switches vocals w/ the drummer....They were f'ing horrible. When the drummer came on stage I thought I was watching Geoff from Thursday. Is there any originality out there nowadays?....Besides Bear Vs. Shark of course.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

back to front name score.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

Worst live band I've seen in about six years. Their music isn't great either.

OC

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

solid guitar riffs
solid melody
solid clean vocals
solid beginning
solid guitar work
solid track

so...err...solid record then?

Score is for the drummer having a back to front name.

ElVaquero (September 30, 2005)

Here's your Curl Up And Die review: CD's awesome. Buy it.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

well, they're okay for what they are, which is like... updated nu-metal or something

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

gay

wehavecomeforyourchildren (September 30, 2005)

i can't wait for this and every band like them to break up.

kenjamin (September 30, 2005)

so is this some kind of metalcore band or something?

Score is for that comment. Pretty good review. I'd invest in a thesaurus though.

RondoMondo (September 30, 2005)

Eh, this cd's alright. Nothing that great...

I think it's funny how people think that this music is so generally liked. I assure you that half of the people outside of this website would be frightened of this music.

Anyways, where's the Curl Up and Die review?

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

for some reason, my local best buy had no less than like 175 copies of this fucking album...ridiculous

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

This band sucks. And the always have. And their drummer sings horribly.

Anonymous (September 30, 2005)

this band sucks

joeg (September 30, 2005)

so is this some kind of metalcore band or something?

BrandonSideleau (September 30, 2005)

I heard this band a couple of times from the kids I worked with and hated every second of it.........how does this shit pass as "hard music" nowadays? As far as I'm concerned, today's popular music scene is deeply confused and misled. Some of them claim great bands as influences........yet miss the point entirely. On a side note....how is a "friendly, mass-appealing" band like this supposed to cover the FEAR(a band I have mixed feelings about, but definitely not a mass-friendly band) track "Let's Have A War"???? Am I taking crazy pills here?

theundergroundscene (September 30, 2005)

this band is so gay

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