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Sound the Alarm

Sound the Alarm: Sound the AlarmSound the Alarm (2006)
Rock Ridge

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It begins, and just like that, it's over. The "it" I'm currently referring to is the 23 minutes of music on Sound the Alarm's self-titled foray into the already oversaturated world of pop-rock. With a sound that nearly mirrors that of established act Armor for Sleep, it begs the question, why not ju.
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It begins, and just like that, it's over. The "it" I'm currently referring to is the 23 minutes of music on Sound the Alarm's self-titled foray into the already oversaturated world of pop-rock. With a sound that nearly mirrors that of established act Armor for Sleep, it begs the question, why not just listen to Armor for Sleep in the first place?

That's a query I don't have a good answer for, because this album has nothing to offer that Dream to Make Believe can't offer in a more dynamic nature. And Armor for Sleep, at least on that record, aren't even that dynamic a band to begin with. So what you're left with on this EP is five songs that seem to last any true form or direction.

It's glorified background music.

Singer Cody Jancovic is comfortable in his niche leading these songs, but that complacency breeds a sort of, "oh, well it's good enough" sense. The only time any real variation is offered is when the standard pop-rock practice of momentarily dropping the guitars to let the vocals have a more "serious" sound is implemented into a few of these tracks. Jancovic is able to pull that off to a decent degree, as he does have a rather solid voice, but it's still not enough to give these six tracks the true jolt that is needed to let them leave the ground.

The instrumentation, as with the vocals, provide a solid basisā?¦and nothing else. Catching a general theme here? Because you should be. It's not until "Waiting for Winter," a track that oddly enough bares extreme resemblance to an Armor for Sleep song, that I can really get into the music on even the most basic level. Unfortunately for the band, it's a too little too late scenario, as it's the 5th of 6 songs on the EP, and by that time, my mind is almost firmly made up. Credit is due for being able to alternate between a more upbeat sound, as the first half of the EP displayed, and a more slow-churning track as we have with "Waiting for Winter," but that's as close to redeeming value as I was able to find.

Just another case of being better off going for the genuine article (AFS) than settling for the next best thing.

 


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muskawo_ (July 25, 2006)

Saves the Day called, they want their album name back, grrrr

Oh and a bunch of people just called and said they already made that joke. My phone is running hot!

GlassPipeMurder (July 24, 2006)

eh...I haven't heard this band, but their name reminds me of that Buju Banton song "Ring the Alarm" or whatever.

Anonymous (July 23, 2006)

I saw these guys open for The Riverboat Gamblers (it really didn't make sense that those bands were on the same bill but whatever) and they're set sucked a thousand dicks. The singer was obviously way more interested in his own hair than he was interested in not sucking. Fuck those guys, and at least The Gamblers are on a good tour now (X and Rollins Band)

killmequickly (July 21, 2006)

one of those bands you hear the first two lines and just shut it the the hell off and wish you could have that last min of your life back

Anonymous (July 21, 2006)

This band is far from hardcore, and it's a mediocre pop-punk band. rather listen to these guys then new found glory

Anonymous (July 21, 2006)

Score is for Saves The Day's Sound The Alarm.

theOneTrueBill (July 21, 2006)

From the cover art and the band's name I figured it was going to be a lame hardcore band.

Anonymous (July 21, 2006)

I thought this was another Saves the Day review. Ooops !

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