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A Change of Pace

A Change of Pace: Prepare the MassesPrepare the Masses (2006)
Immortal Records

Reviewer Rating: 0.5
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You may or may not recall a band by the name A Change of Pace. This band in particular only stuck out by virtue of their shameless ripping off of well-known riffs from such bands as Thursday, Finch, and probably Underoath as well. Not a tremendous career starting point. Well, it's now a year and .
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You may or may not recall a band by the name A Change of Pace. This band in particular only stuck out by virtue of their shameless ripping off of well-known riffs from such bands as Thursday, Finch, and probably Underoath as well. Not a tremendous career starting point.

Well, it's now a year and a half later, and they're back. A Change of Pace have marched back into the incredibly original and groundbreaking pop-rock scene with 42 minutes worth of new material on their latest record, Prepare the Masses. For what? The same thing they could easily hear every time Fueled by Ramen releases a new album? That's hardly anything to get excited over.

Regardless, and much to my chagrin, this album was put out. Immortal Records is the guilty party (you'll be hearing from my attorney shortly) and for the better or for the worse (definitely worse) there's nothing that can be done about it. Well no, actually, I'll tell you what can be done about it. Don't buy this album! Novel, I know, but simplicity is often the best way to combat a serious issue, and there is no more serious an issue than bad music.

And when I say ‚??bad music' I mean bad music. To their credit, they've improved tenfold since the last record. To the credit of my 3rd grade math teacher, I know that 10 times zero is still zero. That should paint an accurate picture as to where on the scale of suck you will find this -- approaching the top. Enough hyperbole though, I suppose I owe you an explanation as to why I'm giving this band such a verbal smackdown. If anyone can listen to this album, and differentiate any songs from any others (besides the token acoustic closer) I will send you a dollar. I make this bet in full confidence that my wallet will never even be touched. This is because every song was written to follow the exact same verse-chorus structure. There are bands who can do this well, true, but A Change of Pace surely isn't one of them. The vocals are just like that of any other band biting the pop-rock trend, and the lyrics are laughable at very best. Clich√©, nonsensical, and repetitious, it is the triumvirate from musical hell.

So yes, A Change of Pace made an improvement.

They're no longer ripping off other bands to aid them in writing terrible songs, they've now the capacity to do that all on their own. These guys are really coming of age.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
rockguy2007 (March 13, 2007)

very sweet. i like this CD a lot. very cool.

pinkerton (December 21, 2006)

score is for the song 'weekend warriors'.

super generic.

crazytoledo (November 1, 2006)

and i listened to Loose Lips Sink Ships it is nothing like that thursday song

The one guitar part in the beginning is the exact same as the guitar towards the end of the one Thursday song.

prs (October 31, 2006)

this Cd i think is amazing. who cares if it sounds like someone else i dont think it does i am a teenager so the music is great and i will keep on listening and i listened to Loose Lips Sink Ships it is nothing like that thursday song

crazytoledo (October 30, 2006)

Hmm...So for some reason this album grew on me and now I consider this an album I like. The only reason why is probably because I'm a teenager that eats this stuff up.

Whatever.

New Aiden SUCKS.

pyro4life19_24 (October 11, 2006)

Well, im glad to see that people's lives are so great that they constantly bash the same bands with the same insults, anyway...
i must say that i realy liked the album. infact i heard two of the songs and desided to preorder it. thats right, preorder. im sick of hearing people complain that music sounds too similar. if you don't like the way a change of pace does it, get off your ass and try to write something better, when you do let me know. i would gladly say that the album is worth listening to and highly recomend it. Even if you don't like the lyrics your bound to like the instrumental. i have both of the cds and listen to them constantly. they have greatly improved and they rock live! so make your own mide and at least listen to it before you write it off.
a true fan with great taste in music

Anonymous (August 21, 2006)

The funny thing is, this review is written terribly. '10 times zero' for instance. It should be 10 times 0, or ten times zero, no consistancy.

They're not a bad band considering. Drive-Thru's releases are on par with what ACOP put out. But if they are ripping of Thursday and such, they're in trouble. At least rip off good bands.

Anonymous (August 19, 2006)

all you people that review these cds,,only one question comes to mind..why do you do it...do you even like music..you never seem to like anything you review..its a good cd..and i seriously think your a dickhead...

Anonymous (August 19, 2006)

scott heisel u r a loser
i mean wot else could u b
wot kind of a sad kunt
sits around critisixing rock music..

Anonymous (August 19, 2006)

oh yea n i can tell the difference from each songso wheres my money dick weed

Anonymous (August 19, 2006)

fuck u,.,.
i mean seriousli
these guys r amazing
how can u say they are shit..wen u prob havent even heard their new album
with songs like shoot from the hip
a sing the world can sing aloud
safe and sound in phone lines
im alive
these songs are 100% original
n i am a fan!!
so before u bag out a band
y dont u listen to all their songs and not critisize them.

usversusthem (August 17, 2006)

"Jah Didn't Kill Johnny" by Sage Francis is a good song.

Anonymous (August 17, 2006)

I never get how genuinely enjoying and being enthusiastic about certain bands makes you a fanboy. I can't understand when it became fashionable to have a skepticism about everything. I enjoy plenty "orgcore" bands but there is also so much more music I listen to and love, and there is music I hate.

- APK

Marlon (August 17, 2006)

Replace the word "branded" with "is" and then we've got ourselves a discussion.

Scruffy (August 16, 2006)

Does anyone else love the irony that this site is simultaneously branded as nothing but fanboys and also a bunch of jerks who don't like anything?

treos (August 16, 2006)

Their first cd wasnt THAT bad. Score is for the review.

Anonymous (August 16, 2006)

Anonymous below me...

How much does the street team pay?

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 16, 2006)

You all are soooo awesome for piling on some juvenile band that was fortunate enough to get a record deal. Why don't you bring something else to the table other than scorn and lame satire.... And focus positively on more deserving bands that maybe more obscure.

superdude (August 15, 2006)

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

1. You should have mentioned that vegetarians can eat bacon on Monday as long as they don't eat bacon on Tuesday. See, eating bacon is 1, while not eating it is -1. 1 -1 = 0. See, bacon never happened.

2. It soulds like these guys are friends of yours. Too much bias.

Anonymous (August 15, 2006)

wasn't this year meant to be a great year for music...wtf happenned?!! I can't think of one release that has been truly great and defining. what a letdown...

greyicewater (August 15, 2006)

i just tried listening to them but i couldn't finish one song.

kirbypuckett (August 15, 2006)

OOOH! This is that band that Scott destroyed in AP!

That review is one of his best:


Dear A Change Of Pace:

You're all young-the oldest, just barely out of high school. You all have long lives ahead of you. So, please, listen to me: break up. Stop being a band. Now. Your music is as derivative and cookie-cutter as bands come. You make the entire Drive-Thru Records roster seem creative. The opening riff of your first shamble of a song, "Loose Lips Sink Ships," is an exact rip of Thursday's "Cross Out The Eyes" -- expect a call from their copyright lawyers. My advice to you, sirs? Go to college. Get jobs. Get married, have kids, go golfing on the weekends, retire to Florida when you're 70. But for the love of all that is holy and decent, don't inflict this tripe on the world. It's music like this that makes the terrorists want to take away our freedom.
- Scott Heisel

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 15, 2006)

I read a review of their last record that basically said "break up, for the sake of urselves and all music" (i think in AP). I guess said recommendation still stands.

kirbypuckett (August 15, 2006)

C'mon Choo-Choo, where's the B-Boys review.

;)

- Kirby

Big_Guy (August 15, 2006)

great review

Anonymous (August 15, 2006)

I have never heard of this band before. That is all.

burningfeeetman (August 15, 2006)

Once again with the funny link, kick ass.

Anonymous (August 15, 2006)

"To their credit, they‚??ve improved tenfold since the last record. To the credit of my 3rd grade math teacher, I know that 10 times zero is still zero."

I liked that part best.

crazytoledo (August 15, 2006)

I almost agree with your review. Except I kind of like 'Shoot From the Hip.' But besides that, I completly agree. This boring, carbon-copied emo rock. Maybe they'll have better luck next time...maybe not.

sickboi (August 15, 2006)

No, the art looks like something from one of those "bass tapes" they people used to buy at swap meets for "bass-offs".

"BBBBBBBB BASSSSSSSSSSSSS!

coldwaffles (August 15, 2006)

Art looks like a Rise Against rip.

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