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A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember: For Those Who Have HeartFor Those Who Have Heart (2007)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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"It would be almost too easy and obvious to describe A Day to Remember as the creators of one of the unforgettable rock albums of 2007, but that wouldn't make it any less true. Hailing from Ocala, Florida, the five members of A Day to Remember have crafted a unique blend of what can best be called ".
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"It would be almost too easy and obvious to describe A Day to Remember as the creators of one of the unforgettable rock albums of 2007, but that wouldn't make it any less true. Hailing from Ocala, Florida, the five members of A Day to Remember have crafted a unique blend of what can best be called "pop-mosh" -- a potent combination of ultra-high energy and tart-sweet melodies. You can hear the melodic chaos in its full glory on For Those Who Have Heart, their debut album on Victory Records."

That's the insufferable promo propaganda that pops up on Last.fm every time a track by A Day to Remember is scrobbled from my iTunes while my playlist is on shuffle. This band goes for about every style popular in the teen scene today, and "pop-mosh" is about the least accurate description possible, as the record is neither catchy enough to be considered pop nor consistently fast and hard enough to be associated with a mosh, unless flailing spin kicks are to be considered "mosh."

The album starts out incredibly promising in "Fast Forward to 2012," with a melodic hardcore lead-in and an introduction to the listener: "We welcome you to the second chapter, thanks for turning the other page / We acknowledge you as the only reason / for the progress that we've made." However, in the blink of an eye, things begin to turn sour: "You're a constant reminder / We came, we saw, we conquered." Ugh. And in mere seconds the melodic punk is replaced by vocals that sound like a post-Taco Bell burrito belch somehow extended and enunciated into, "My friends come first, that's the bottom line!" [repeat 2x]. The belchy singer then demands the listener to "pick up your feet!" as the drummer pounds out a round of double-bass thumps. I can only imagine a crowd of black-clothed teens punching and kicking at the air furiously in a futile attempt to release their prefabricated angst. Along with the unbearable belched shouts and clichéd double-bass breakdowns, the band also falls equally flat with their attempt at acoustic emo pop in "The Price We Pay," which features the horrifically banal lyrics "Days roll on / Shout it out loud / We know the price we pay" over and over for nearly three minutes.

The interesting impracticality of assigning a score to this album is that much of the music is quite good -- the problem lies in the relatively few but consistently occurring faults: the belch-style vocals, the stomp-by-numbers breakdowns, and the occasionally mawkish lyrics by means of wailing emo vocals. "Show 'Em the Ropes" flirts with quality before being ruined by grunts and lyrics as bad as any Self Against City ballad. Easily the best song on For Those Who Have Heart is "Here's to the Past," a great melodic hardcore song with a furious rhythm, decent lyrics, and minimal belched yells.

As one saving grace to an overall questionable album, A Day to Remember comes off as far less pompous than many of their scene-ruling contemporaries like Senses Fail or Escape the Fate. The band's good intentions radiate on For Those Who Have Heart. Unfortunately for A Day to Remember, good intentions don't necessarily translate to quality, and the end result is an album mediocre at best.

 

 
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XxSilversteinxX (May 11, 2010)

I laughted pretty fucking hard at your statement "And in mere seconds the melodic punk is replaced by vocals that sound like a post-Taco Bell burrito belch"
Haha you dont know what your talking about
this band is accually amazing!

AlexpunkFL (October 27, 2009)

Best cd ever created. Every song is a masterpiece.

aust10 (November 6, 2008)

the haters job is to hate so let them do their job. thats all their good at. generic is in and this cd is dope so any who disagree eat shit

Chooch (November 3, 2008)

this band puts so much effort into each song. Their Live Performance is one any fan of the scene needs to check out. A TON OF ENERGY and a ton of fun. look forward to the release of homesick in early 09 its gonna be great

dancelukedance (August 31, 2008)

Harsh review. This album is top-notch. I find ADTR so exciting and they have so much depth. The death growls and pop punk vocals tie in well together and the breakdowns are so MEAN.

HEAVIEST POP PUNK BAND EVER

blissguy (July 18, 2008)

this album sucked stinky ass, only one song really stood out The Plot To Bomb The ... blah blah blah even that shit gets fucking boring after a while

crazytoledo (March 22, 2007)

Posted by profoundhatredSH on 2007-03-22 00:41:11

why do people hate breakdowns so much? they're soooo much fun


Eh, they're fun live.

But not so much on the actual record.

Because in the end, they all sound the same. When it's on your MP3 player, it get's stale. In the pit, though, it's not a problem.

And I like this release. Jeremy actually sounds like Patrick Stump a number of times on this album. And I thought that pop mosh tag fit properly.

Anonymous (March 22, 2007)

I think Victory are working on the idea that "If you throw enough shit at a wall, some of it has to stick"....

I hear the new Tossers record is good....

Anonymous (March 22, 2007)

gahhhh this cd is not at all that good

profoundhatredSH (March 22, 2007)

why do people hate breakdowns so much? they're soooo much fun

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

so is bridge 9 gona sue for this too?

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

This band blows.

Anonymous (March 21, 2007)

this is a good band listened to their last cd which sourda sucked band recording too but this one blows it away and
for the reviewer this is actually POP PUNK/Hardcore
so i think its diffrent so now go review some ska cds or sumthing

R3venge_Therapy (March 21, 2007)

Why should anyone be "into" generic music? This is the kind of trash that needs to go away. I'll never understand what the appeal of the vocals for these kinds of bands is. It's so fucking awful.

treos (March 20, 2007)

second the victory comment below me. Not a completely terrible release though, no originality whatsoever but worth a listen if ur into the generic stuff.

Anonymous (March 20, 2007)

This is such a Victory band.

theyounginfluential (March 20, 2007)

score is for last.fm

likebats (March 20, 2007)

LOL at this indeed

Holy_Balls (March 20, 2007)

A Kind of Reliver - For Those Who Have Fart

LeightonESmith (March 20, 2007)

Its alright for something different to listen to...
I'm still waiting for something good to come out this year though.

Anonymous (March 20, 2007)

A Gay to Remember, A band to forget.

Ianw (March 20, 2007)

LOL to this.

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