Caligula - We Burn Bridges (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review


We Burn Bridges (2004)

United Edge

Shit man. Yeah, we get it. You like Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, and Converge. But there comes a point where song writing takes precedent over showing how amazing your musical skills are. I mean fuck, you're playing everything dead on, but it still sounds sloppy. And you've got to do something about the lyrics dude. I mean, "You took the words right from my mouth, you stole my breath with the look in your eye/this life is not for me/you shook my heart with one look, took my soul with three words." If you follow the songs along, you'll find out these are BREAK-UP songs. Yeah, I know, right? Metalcore should be about skulls and blood and dying (yet even now that's become a cliché faux-pas).

I wouldn't say that I don't like it; I sure do appreciate the musicianship. But I mean, c'mon. There comes a point where you just have to say, "Why the hell do our songs make no sense rhythmically?" It's like being in math class (thanks Will). This EP could definitely use some better lyrics and more coherent song writing. Eh, maybe give the vocals a change up too. They kind of sound like the dude is barking in German.

Anyway, this is extremely technical metalcore by the book. It's not bad, but I think it definitely has room for improvement, which is why I'm only giving it a 6. I bet this band would do better to tone it down. They need to make sure that their next release focuses on the simpler side of music because I don't think this band COULD get any harder or faster.