Us, From Outside - Inspired By The Threat Of Failure
Record Label: Tragic Hero records
Release Date: April 27, 2010
What do A Skylit Drive, WeAreGiant, and Us, From Outside all have in common? They all are or have been signed to Tragic Hero Records and WeAreGiant features members from the other two bands. A Skylit Drive and Us, From Outside each also play post-hardcore. The similarities end there though, as Michael’s balls have dropped while Jag’s seem to have never been formed. As mentioned above, Us, From Outside are signed to Tragic Hero Records and have recently released their debut album Inspired By The Threat Of Failure. How did the new kids on the block fare with the spotlight solely on them?
The album kicks off with a screamer and some doubt comes into the listener’s mind, as the screamer is not the best. Michael’s singing then comes in and all is forgiven, except for the fact that the screaming is given a lot of time on this record. That would be all fine and dandy if the screaming actually added anything to the songs. As it stands right now, the screaming is just there. The band show some potential in the screaming placement area on songs like “Where’s My Chippy? There’s My Chippy!” The screaming is used during the pre-chorus and chorus area perfectly but it stays around a bit too long during the first half of the second verse. There are some great screaming parts scattered around like on “I’m Not Locked In Here With You, You’re Trapped In Here With Me.” Luckily, the band know Michael’s voice is amazing and have it out in the open, fully exposed. Behind Michael’s great singing is some great musicianship, including great electronica. A lot of electronica found in today’s scene is overused or not used correctly. Us, From Outside have added it into their sound beautifully and it works amazingly. There are also some great drumming and riffing to be found on this album, but they take more of a background role.
This album shows off some great potential while also being highly enjoyable ear candy. Michael’s great singing, the electronica, and the decent screaming that almost always adds nothing to the songs make this an above average release; however, this band have a lot of potential if they spend more time on the actual screaming than the placement of the screams. This band have what it takes to make it big, they just need to tweak what they have slightly.
these guys have potential. i've been listening to this album almost all the time since i got it. the whole" pretty" voice( kinda like the very first and only good dance gavin dance album) is nice to hear other than the high pitched" is that a chick vocalist?". all in all its insulting to call these guys an ASD 2.0. i think they can go much farther than them. not shittin on them
(ASD) good music, but in a genre supersaturated with bands just like them. its nice to hear a vocalist i don't think had to manipulate his scrotum to be accepted into the lead vocals spot
How can you possibly think that "kicks off" was the part I was complaining about?
I don't see why you would be complaining anyway. Someone who writes for AMP, Hails & Horns, and Outburn saw this review and actually complimented me on my review style. Have you read my other reviews and/or checked out my website (audiopinions.net)?