Jamie's Elsewhere - They Said a Storm Was Coming
Record Label: Victory Records
Release Date: February 16, 2010
Jamie's Elsewhere are back with their hard hitting sophomore effort They Said a Storm Was Coming on Victory Records. I'll be honest, I lost all faith in Jamie's Elsewhere after their utterly generic debut album Guidebook For Sinners Turned to Saints. But on They Said a Storm Was Coming, Jamie's Elsewhere stepped it up on so many levels.
The disc opens up with the track "Seasons" and hits hard right from the start, something I was not expecting from Jamie's Elsewhere. Quickly Jamie's Elsewhere displays how easy they can transition from squealing guitars to soothing melodies. The opening track hints at what you'll hear throughout the album. "The Mapmaker" shows us what new vocalist Aaron Pauley can really do. Soaring high vocals to low growls, he has it covered and is the highlight of the album.
The title track starts out with electronic programming, something that is being overkilled by many bands in the genre. Mike Spearmen does a great job of not overbearing us with them as he places them perfectly and fit right in with the rest of the band. Guitarist Matt Scrapelli, Anthony Carioscio and Chance Mederios interject great technical riffs and that they can be heavy with the help from drummer Anthony Scapelli. Aaron Pauley's growls fit in with him screaming "Washed away / They said a storm was coming and / You’ll be washed away!”
"One Foot in the Grave" displays just how much emotion Jamie's Elsewhere put into their music. Pauley's voice and range are really what sets the song off. This track is definitely one that makes They Said a Storm Was Coming stand out in the genre. The next track "The Prodigal" sounds like a b-side from Thrice's Water EP. The programming with Pauley's voice layered over the top creates a breather, as you'll need one to finish out the album. If you happened to forget just how heavy Jamie's Elsewhere can get, "Wolves" and "A Slave, a Son" are quick reminders. "Antithethis" finishes out the album and go's out with a bang. This track is sure to get the pit going.
They Said a Storm Was Coming was a complete surprise for me. I didn't think Jamie's Elsewhere were capable of something this good. It doesn't change the scene by any means, but it'll give them some recognition. After donating 40% of the pre-sale profits to the victims of Haiti, I think you owe them a listen.