On the Last Day – Meaning In the Static Release Date: August 22nd 2006
Record Label: Victory
On the Last Day hail from Seattle and play a stale and played out form of ‘goth screamo,’ that got them signed to Victory Records due to their connection with Aiden. While the bands musical style, location, and fashion sense weren’t enough, they also had their debut EP and this full length produced by Steve Carter; the same guy who worked on Aiden’s first two full-length, and to top it off Aiden vocalist Wil Francis sang on their EP. So while based on that you could easily write off On the Last Day, the band still had some promise.
The key word in that last sentence is ‘had.’ On the Last Day’s debut EP wasn’t overly impressive, but for the bands style, it worked. It wasn’t overly cliché, it wasn’t played out, and it didn’t rely on screaming to make its point. However, somewhere between their debut EP and their first full length, “Meaning in the Static,” the band took a sudden nosedive leaving a mess of an album, even though there still is a little bit of potential remaining.
The band’s title track, “Meaning in the Static” relies more on singing then screaming and manages to be a rather catchy song somewhere in between of Aiden and Atreyu. However, that’s one song and the rest can’t keep up the pace. “The Citadel” opens with an opening that finds itself nearly identical to “Meaning in the Static,” which is a problem that shows up way to frequently. The fact that the twelve tracks seem to all steal at least one part from another song makes the album blend together so badly that the songs sound identical and lack any form of separation whatsoever. Due to the albums tedious experience, it makes their full length easily disposable. Not only that, but the bands decision to have Geoffrey sing more than scream, while stopping their image at black dyed fringes, will sadly keep the band from appealing to some of its potential fan base.
“Meaning in the Static” could use some separation on the songs and a few innovative ideas, but as it is, it’s just another cookie cutter, generic ‘goth screamo’ album. If they find themselves abandoning their Aiden influence and upping their occasional Atreyu influence, while upping the musicianship, they might have a chance to write an album worth a listen or two.