It Dies Today - Sirens (Cover Artwork)

It Dies Today

It Dies Today: SirensSirens (2006)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 1
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Contributed by: crazytoledocrazytoledo
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Apparently someone likes the current metalcore trend of cleaning up the sound and trying to emulate heavier metal stylings without the suffix â??core' attached. However, It Dies Today manage to completely botch the style change in almost every way possible. First off, the album still retains the ridiculous â??metalcore' songs that were just as abundant on their previous release. They also tend to land on the nü-emo side of the tracks instead of being the straight up metal band that they've said they wanted to be.

While it's nice for bands to try to freshen up their sounds and bring in some kind of originality, it doesn't help when the band shifts in between two oversaturated and repetitive genres. At times It Dies Today seem like they're still okay with being labeled as a metalcore band. Other times it seems they wouldn't care if they get labeled as an emo band. Especially compared to their debut EP, the music has definitely softened up a lot. Either way, the progression doesn't seem to be working at all.

Sirens opens up with "A Constant Reminder," which seems to hold a huge identity crisis. The song starts off with a rather metal beginning with the vocals sounding completely similar to the Autumn Offering's Dennis Miller. Then when the chorus comes around, the band is trying to showcase a catchy nü-emo sing-along that starts off with a line as poorly written as "if hopelessness becomes a soundtrack to your misery." No thanks.

The next few songs continue this trend as It Dies Today prove they have no clue on what the hell they want to do here. "Sacre Coeur" opens with a double-bass drum intro that would have fit better on the latest Eighteen Visions CD. And once again, the song is completely dragged down by a pointless singing chorus. The thing is, the singing is normally during the better moments of the songs, but the transition is nowhere close to being fluid and it feels redundant. If they were to keep it clean the entire song, then maybe there could be a few guilty pleasures, but the entire thing is marred by this brand of faux metalcore, trivial breakdowns, and a complete lack of comprehension. The point is only driven in deeper on "Damsel of Death" -- horrendous song title aside, it is easily the lone standout, with all singing and a rather adept solo towards the end. But to no surprise, "Reignite the Fires" follows with the same exact song I've heard a million times before.

You can't hate It Dies Today for trying. But even with their effort, they're still not making the grade. Sirens is just another album that will be completely forgotten in a few months, which isn't totally a bad thing. I honestly do not think people need another album like this, and hopefully these guys get the memo and finally make the transition they so desperately need to make.


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crazytoledo (February 27, 2007)

Proofreading a properly typed, but misheard lyric, will do nothing whatsoever. The reviews, after being submitted, are also proofreaded again.

Anyways, you amuse me either way. Have fun.

silent_slayer (February 17, 2007)

.....and you were successful in leavin' me silent...NOT!

First of all, toledo: music is like wine....you drink what suits you the most. I'm not gonna always like the music you do because you post big-tme reviews here.

Second: I don't care at all if you don't wanna take the correction. I also care less than nothing if your rule or not. You can bash me all you want, 'cause I will not feel affected. I have no need of opinions to live, neither yours, nor anyone else's. This is an open forum for public expression, and both you and I have done so....if we differ, to me it's a matter of opinions. I won't sit down and cry because you didn't like the albums I like. Period.

Oh, and BTW, REAL WRITERS proofread. Be well...

crazytoledo (February 16, 2007)

P.S. I wish I could edit the numerous errors I typed since I didn't proofread. Whatever.

crazytoledo (February 16, 2007)

Oh, and finally, to friendly correct the reviewer, the line goes: "Here's hoping this becomes the soundtrack to your misery.." Read the lyric sheet to corroborate.....

Oh, I'm soooooo sorry that my ears failed me and I thought he the lyrics were different. And i didn't read the lyric sheet cause I did it all by ear because I rule.

And dude, even if you're gonna listen to some modern metal(core), there is far, far better choices then this album.

Satelliteyrs (February 14, 2007)

underrated release

silent_slayer (February 9, 2007)

Yes, I do, Laredo...as a matter of fact, I've been bred on Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, And Justice for All and the Black album, and the fact of me liking Sirens does not change that. To each his own, pal. If I like the album, I like it. And yet I can still like the classics as well....if you knew me, you'd tell for yourself....

LaredoKid (January 28, 2007)

Are you sure you listen to Metallica "silent_slayer"?You know, the stuff before the black album.Judging by your horrid taste in music,I'd have to say no.This album is everything that's wrong with modern metal.

silent_slayer (January 20, 2007)

Well, I am over the age of 12 and do listen to the album in a regular basis. Like I said in my previous post: it is not the best freakin' album of the year, but it is as good as I can expect from a band of this era and it's OK for my old-school taste. That's it, and I'm not ashamed to listen to it.....

Anonymous (January 20, 2007)

Trite bullshit. You should be afuckingshamed of yourself if you are over the age of 12 and listen to this bullshit.

silent_slayer (December 26, 2006)

Well, to be honest, when I bought this album I didn't even know what to expect from it because I haven't heard material from IDT until recently, but I don't say it's all bad. I mean, I've been pretty much into Killswitch Engage, Ill Niño and Atreyu, and IDT reminds me of these bands in this release. The music is fine for my taste, and it has the depth and passion I'd expect from a band like this. And mind you: I'm an old-school metalhead bred in the sounds of Pantera, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Metallica and the like....

Oh, and finally, to friendly correct the reviewer, the line goes: "Here's hoping this becomes the soundtrack to your misery.." Read the lyric sheet to corroborate.....

Satelliteyrs (November 6, 2006)

love this album

crazytoledo (October 30, 2006)

Ha. Anyways, there still is some stuff I like that people here will hate. It just happens that most of this stuff sucks. It Dies Today, Escape the Fate, Drop Dead, Goregous, Aiden. All of those bands are horrid. And then Endwell and Four Letter Lie are as generic as you're gonna get. Scars of Tomorrow are also blah.

Damn, I need some good music to listen too.

Anonymous (October 30, 2006)

crazytoledo is morphing into an 'orgcore' reviewer.
He's first in line for a new larry arms record.

socrates (October 30, 2006)

it reminds me of the times I was listening to poppunk and people were trashing it because of the retarded lyrics and simple instrumentation, so I also started trashing poppunk, although I had little idea what I was talking about. or maybe crazytoledo's just grown as a music listener.

darkstarm (October 30, 2006)

crazytoledo = mean? haha.

Anonymous (October 29, 2006)

this band's talent.

Anonymous (October 28, 2006)

what dies today?

burningfeeetman (October 27, 2006)

Crazytoledo's really trying to gain some respect around here.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

I was such a huge fan of the band's last album that I bought the special edition version when it came out a year later. The special edition was remixed to be even heavier than the original version and most all of the changes were for the better (Eric Rachel made it sound SO much better).

With that aside, I was really pumped for this CD and when i first heard the two MP3's, I was a bit worried. Well, I got the new CD early and listened to it a few times and it just couldn't get my attention at all except when it picks up a little bit towards the end of the CD (not much though).

What the fuck happened? Where is the internsity? Where is the darker/sadder vibe? Why can't the dude get the same deep screams he had before? Why are the melodic parts so dull this time when they were soaring on the last album?

This kind of feels like the same let down I had with the new Norma Jean where its predessessor had my full attention and the newest offering simply fell flat. I am VERY disappointed!

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

It Sucks Today

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

why does this get reviewed on here, knowing fully well that there are going to trash it??

tenwestchaser (October 27, 2006)

"did i miss the Converge review or something?"

I was wondering the same thing. I don't know why no one has posted one yet. I thought about doing one, but I would just torn apart. That's too big of a review for this site and I just don't think I've got the chops. Either way, its freaking amazing.

sirens (October 27, 2006)

LAME. ugh.

pwfanatic (October 27, 2006)

heres my converge review:

i can't describe it in anything but stars.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

On the Might of Princes wishes you a big "Fuck You!"

crazytoledo (October 27, 2006)

The new Converge album is really good.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

where's the converge / sparta reviews?

-the Ryan

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

I can't give this a score cause I haven't heard it. I figure I know what it sounds like, and I have no interest. I just have to pose the question...why even review it?

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

The Sabres have somehow already won next week's games.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

did i miss the Converge review or something?

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

Wow, 2 stars? I'm impressed. You're gaining credability crazytoledo!

BrendanKelly (October 27, 2006)

sirens is pissed.

Anonymous (October 27, 2006)

Boom goes the dynamite!

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