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Though metalcore bands have been strip mining the singing/screaming dynamic for years now as post-hardcore and screamo influences have crept more and more into the sound, few have explored the line between melody and mayhem quite like For All Those Sleeping. With a mix of yearning, emo-inspired pop-punk and brutal metal breakdowns, their sophomore album, Outspoken, delivers heartache and catharsis in equal parts. The transitions between these two styles creates an interesting dynamic not seen in a lot of metalcore as breakdowns emerge suddenly among the albums more soaring moments to piledrive them into submission with anguished bellows and guitar chugging. These savage changes add an element of brutal moodiness to the album as its emotions swing capriciously from pleasant to punishing. Mood swings like this help to properly frame the emotions found in songs like "Tell Me the Truth" and "Backstabber," which feature ruminations on betrayal, deceit, and all other matters of character that are the cornerstone of dramatic, youthful angst and anger. For All Those Sleeping are able to make this dramatic style work for them in the long run with a sound that's focused more on emotion than technical wizardry. This makes Outspoken an album that might not dazzle metalcore fans with its six-string acrobatics, which aren't really anything to scoff at, but it will certainly have no trouble pulling them in with its fury, raw aggression, and mercifully light use of corny production flourishes (though they do manage to sneak in some dubstep, so approach at your own risk).
This album. It's the musical equivalent of a army of lions that are equipped with bazookas that shoot tanks that are on fire.
For All Those Sleeping has set a new high for them & this genre. They have changed so much sense their debut album, for the best though. They're branching out from the rest of the genre, making them more independent as a band than the rest of the other bands. Outspoken is perfect & definitely a must buy!
This. Is. Awesome!!!!
Easily one of the best albums of this or any year. Cross Your Fingers set a high bar but this easily exceeds it. This and Challenger by Memphis May Fire are hands down the two best albums of the year so far. You guys rule, and I can't wait to see you on tour!
Formed: 2007 in St. Cloud, MN
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs By For All Those Sleeping
||You Belong With Me||Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 4||3:50||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Follow My Voice||Outspoken||3:54||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Mark My Words||Outspoken||3:30||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I'm Not Dead Yet||Cross Your Fingers||3:13||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Once a Liar (Always a Fake)||Outspoken||3:45||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Favorite Liar||Cross Your Fingers||3:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Outbreak of Heartache||Cross Your Fingers||3:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||One Kiss||Outspoken||4:01||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Run Away||Cross Your Fingers||3:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Maybe This Christmas||Tis the Season to Be Fearless||3:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|