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Write This Down - Write This Down

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Write This Down - Write This Down
Record Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Release Date: April 20, 2010
Let's be honest, the cover art of an album plays a big part in one's decision to listen to the music on it or not (from what I have read on this website anyway). The cover of Write This Down's debut full length of the same name shows the band hangin' around a fancy-schmancy car with the singer's caveman-esque look rocking what seems to be a fur coat (better hope Peta doesn't see it!) and some boots that I couldn't even begin to describe because I wouldn't know where to begin, who is holding a leash that is attached to a black panther. Who knows what they are trying to say with an album cover like that, but regardless of how ridiculous the cover art is it's about the music, so don't let it scare you off.

The album begins with a track that was first seen on one of the band's EPs, ''Alarm the Alarm''. Drums start the song off and soon after is the vocalist shouting the lyrics. You should know the full length version of the song features way less screaming and a lot more clean vocals. Towards the end of the track, the breakdown comes into play with screams high and low accompanied by a heavy slow paced drumbeat, basically your typical breakdown. I'm not sure why the band decided to open up the full length with an old song, a new song would have made a lot more sense. The album's single ''Renegade'' starts off heavy, very southern metal inspired. Apparently the band really likes to begin their songs with the chorus, not that it's a problem or anything. If they had switched around ''Renegade'' and ''Alarm the Alarm'', I think the album would have had a much better opener with an old favorite soon to follow.

A few tracks later we have ''Citadel'' A piano driven power ballad with Johnny Collier showcasing his soft angelic voice, which is very refreshing. The song picks up near the end as the rest of the band comes in with their instruments. If only they had used this song as the album's closing track. The band's energy picks up again immediately after ''Citadel'' with ''Redemption'', a song filled with urgency. Definitely one of the album's standout tracks as it showcases what the band is capable of.

Closing the album is ''Heaven and Hell'', a short acoustic song, a minute and forty-four seconds long to exact. The song itself isn't bad but as an album closer it is weak. A band should want to end their album with something memorable, something that will make the listener want to go back and listen to the album again. ''Heaven and Hell'' fails to achieve that as it will most likely become forgettable to the listener.

Some songs are very enjoyable but unfortunately the rest fall flat and sound bland and uninspired. Write This Down has it's ups and downs, nothing is perfect and nobody would expect anything to be in the first place. If you're a fan of the band's EPs and have yet to hear this, chances are you'll adore it. The trio that makes up Write This Down have potential and I could see the next album taking risks as they better themselves musically.

Recommended If You LikeEmery; Ivoryline; The Classic Crime; Confide; Tooth & Nail Records; Christian rock/screamo

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