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Album Review

Whenever a trend becomes hot — -be it disco, gangsta rap, emo, rap-metal, teen pop or reggaetón — there will inevitably be saturation. Screamo (also known as post-hardcore or melodic hardcore) was hot in the early to mid-2000s; it wasn't the mainstream phenomenon that emo was, but in the hardcore underground, it was very hot — and saturation most definitely occurred. One of the results of saturation is a glut of soundalike bands, and there is nothing on In the Disaster that sets Southern California's A Love Ends Suicide apart from countless other screamo units that emerged in the early 21st century. Some reviewers have described this 2006 release as full-fledged metalcore, which is misleading if one's idea of full-fledged metalcore is Hatebreed or Throwdown. Although the screamo/post-hardcore/melodic hardcore style is influenced by metalcore, it isn't metalcore in the strict sense, but rather, combines metalcore elements with melodic elements. In the Disaster is relatively melodic — -that is, it's melodic compared to the unforgiving, skull-smashing ferocity of true metalcore — -and this 39-minute CD contrasts the bitter with the sweet. Harsh, tortured, screaming vocals (a prime ingredient of metalcore) are heard alongside swirling guitars and clean vocals (not a prime ingredient of metalcore), and In the Disaster is intense without being relentlessly ferocious. Ultimately, A Love Ends Suicide offers more sensory assault than sweetening (whereas some screamo bands provide bigger doses of sweetening), but unlike straight-up metalcore, this album isn't devoid of mercy. Unfortunately, In the Disaster is a release that, although competent, isn't terribly memorable. This is not a bad album, but if A Love Ends Suicide hopes to stand out in the ultra-crowded screamo/post-hardcore/melodic hardcore field, they will need to come up with some material that sticks with the listener after the album is finished playing.

Customer Reviews

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for starters...the inaccuracy of iTunes' review of these guys is unbelievable. i don't know ANYONE whose idea of "metalcore" is bands like Hatebreed or Throwdown...rather it's bands like As I Lay Dying and Unearth...and A Love Ends Suicide. Suppose it's difficult to classify modern heavy music if you thought Metal's hayday was when Bon Jovi came out with 'Livin On A Prayer'. But I digress... After all the hullabaloo (and there was a considerable amount of hullabaloo) surrounding A Love Ends Suicide's signing with Metal Blade Records (a move I don't understand on their part at ALL), this record isn't anything special, or anything new. Like some of the other reviews have mentioned...this is really their last album The Cycle Of Hope with I think one or two new songs, neither of which is anything to write home about. As is usually the case, the rerecorded versions of the tracks fail to capture the original song's heaviness or intensity, rather they make more of a flashy show of "hey look at us...we can play dual Iron Maiden melodies" ...and in 2006-07, isn't that special and unique? Long story short...good band, fairly decent record...get the other one instead though.

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Great album... a year ago.

New album art - same songs. If you didn't buy the first one (The Cycle of Hope), get this one for the "better" sound quality, if nothing else.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in West Covina, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Hailing from the town of West Covina, CA, A Love Ends Suicide combines elements of screamo and metalcore with the flashy guitar technique more typical of straight-up heavy metal. Getting their start in 2004, the group, which is curiously composed of four brothers with two last names: vocalist John Cairoli, guitarist Oscar Cairoli, bassist/clean vocalist Emir Abdo, and drummer Andres Abdo -- plus second guitarist Matt Garcia, recorded an independent debut called The Cycle of...
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