a little over a month ago, canadian trancecore veterans released their sophomore album “infamous”, following-up their 2010 classic major label debut “geeving” and their underrated 2009 independently released self-titled EP. now that the albums been out for a while, and ive had time to let the songs sink in, i will be giving it a proper review.
first lets start off with some history of the band…
the band formed in toronto in 2006 playing mostly norma jean covers (s00 scene). they eventually decided to exercise their creative abilities and start making original songs and create a style of music that no one had heard yet. influenced by eurodance & metalcore music, the band not only pioneered their own signature sound, but with all the members being of italian decent, they also pioneered another new genre: guidocore.
having such a unique and progressive sound and all around vibe, they managed to attract producers from the muchmusic (basically what MTV is to canada) show “disband”. each episode of the show basically follows a different band as they are coached by music industry mogul Greig Nori (of the band treble charger) to perform infront of a pannel of judges (all important figures in da music industry) and the judges either give the band thumbs up or tell them dat they suck and should break up. the judges were obviously impressed by abandon all ship’s innovative sound and energetic stage performance, so they gave them a huge thumbs up.
clip from da show^
the band then got signed, went on countless tours and released their debut album which contained hit singles such as “take one last breath”, “megawacko 2.1″ and “geeving”.
siq single from the first album^
so 2 years later, some things have changed. the band went through some lineup changes (only half the dudes from the first album are on this one, but both the original vocalists and the keyboard/synthesizer guy are still in it, so not 2 big of a change) and the tr00bonic plague has really set in… so the question is… can abandon all ships still remain relevant in twenty-twelve…?
and well the answer is…
and the reason is because they have continued to expand their creative and innovative tendencies.
the album starts off super heavy 2 get u amped but u know that AAS always has some tricks up their sleeve so u cant just expect the same stuff throughout the whole song… bout 50 seconds in the heaviness stops and this is where the big twist sets in… they go R&B… seriously who else does that? who else can blend heavy risecore with R&B so seamlessly ? epic
the album’s debut single features classic abandon all ships tendencies (heavy as fuk verse, catchy pop choruses) and the video features many kewl shots of toronto, which proves that no matter how big theyve gotten as a band, they will never forget their roots and where they’ve come from. the song also features guest appearance by rappers “A Game” which also proves the bands progressive and unique nature. most post-hardcore bands that have rap parts, its usually done by the ppl in the band (i set my friends on fire, for example) but AAS actually hired credible black street rappers in their song, so for this they get points for innovation (plus who wants to hear whiteboi scene kids try 2 rap anywayz).
the clean vocalist/bassist caught some heat for selling “i love martin broda” t-shirts and posters, but in reality what this proves is that not only is he a smart businessman, but also has high self-image confidence.
this beautiful-slow song showcases a very soft (soft as in sensitive/emotional not liek weak/gay) side of abandon all ships, and proves that martin can sing without autotune, and the only reason he uses it in all the other songs isnt cause hes not a good singer, but its to add to the “electronic” effect of the band. in this song, u can truly hear the sorrow in his words with lyrics like “i tried to drown the pain away, but my pain learned how to swim”. omg so beutiful
consider this song kind of like the post-hardcore version of the rocky theme. the galloping guitars and epic synths make u wanna get up and start training for a fight or run a marathon. with one of my favorite lyrics this year so far “not afraid to die but my life i will defend”, this song proves to be a future classic in the synthcore/risecore/electro-post-hardcore genre.
in this song, AAS proves their versatility and goes back to their true hardcore roots (bury your dead, the ghost inside etc) and shows that they are also capable of writing lyrics about their bros, not just girls. a perfect way to wrap up the album.
of course, due to the album being objectively rly good, it’s being met with mostly positive feedback, with the exception of a few butthurt oldfags. as a fellow canadian, i can truly say i am proud of abandon all ships’ success and i hope they continue making quality music for the course of their career.
what do u think of the new AAS? do u think it lives up to their debut masterpiece? do u think the clean vocalist is full of himself or jus really confident? do u connect with their music via being a fellow guido yourself?