I See Stars – New Demons


Artist

Album

New Demons

Label

Summerian Records

Year

2013

Genre

For Fans Of

Breakdowns

Summary

This album is wack; don't buy it.

Rating

5 / 100

Let’s get it clear. I See Stars are generic post-hardcore with a capital G. With their debut being what one could call ‘snore-core’ for its lack of originality and depth, the band has pushed on to a second release. Have they kept the same breakdown (it’s meant to be singular for a reason) and electronic samples for ‘New Demons’? Yes, yes they have.
 

After a brief intro track that leads into ‘Ten Thousand Feet’, you’ll know where this album is heading. All hail the chug! But in all seriousness, it’s terrible. It starts with a breakdown you’ve heard before and the same open string chug that’s been beaten to death a million times by other bands in the genre. The screams eventually come in, shouting some angst-filled lyrics you’ve already heard previously. But, there’s that good ol’ electronic, techno, sample thing in the background; that brings it to life, right? No. It just blends in and feels as bland as the rest of the instruments, which is a shame. We then get to the – wait for it – a clean singing chorus. That really throws you up and makes you go wild; fucking album of the year right there (sarcasm). Talk about formula…
 

But let’s hold off. This is one song. It can’t all be that bad? Just wait.
 

Follow Your Leader’ starts and you’ll no doubt think, “Wait? Haven’t I just heard this breakdown?” You’re pretty much correct. However, you’ll find that the drummer is just hitting the snare where he was hitting the ride-cymbal beforehand. Way to mix it up, I See Stars! The songs feel like a repeat of the first track and although we could go on about all the songs or the stand outs, we’ll stop here. All the songs are pretty much rip offs of each other.
 

The full-length can’t escape the one major flaw most bands in this genre all fall for…the song length. Holy shit, mother of Mary on a chess board are the songs long! When they’re all as stale as old bread in a bakery, a four minute song average isn’t just pushing the limit, it’s annihilating it with a sub-machine gun and a pack of wolves.
 

Not even those cool and edgy samples could save this album. And be honest, they are actually kind of cool. If you took those and just made a DJ album, it would kick more ass than Danny Trejo. But they’re just filler for the already poorly filled songs. Sadly, we can’t all be ‘ Issues’ or ‘Enter Shikari’ and make that kind of stuff work.

Conclusion

With as much chug and breakdowns as a Capture the Crown release, ‘New Demons’ really falls short of just about every other release this year. Even the latest Katy Perry album was better than this. The clean singing would be good if it wasn’t over-produced as is the case here. The screams sound under mixed, but that’s just distortion. The percussion is well, "breakdowny" and the guitarists seem to have a fear of any fret lower than three. I See Stars have a lot of fans and loyal ones at that, but at the rate they’re going, everyone’s going to eventually ask, “What’s the point anymore?” In summary, this is definitely snore-core.

 

Tracklisting

  1. Initiation Sequence
  2. Ten Thousand Feet
  3. Follow Your Leader
  4. New Demons
  5. Violent Bounce
  6. Murder Mitten
  7. We’re Not In Kansas Anymore
  8. Judith Rules
  9. Boris the Animal
  10. Crystal Ball
  11. When I Say Jump, You Say How High
  12. Who Am I?

8 Responses to “I See Stars – New Demons”

  1. Firey259 FireEscape

    Reading the first line and you already have it wrong.
    This CD is a 95.
    Great vocal melodies, builds ups, some mad lyrics, great beat, fun sound, top 3 albums of the year.
    Suck it cunts

  2. CantTrickMe

    I registered just to tell you that your review is horrible as fuck. It’s apparent you already didn’t like the band. FireEscape has hit it on the head with his comment. The lyrics are amazing…they actually talk about real shit. I bet you though Falling In Reverse’s new album is better than this and you jumped on the band-wagon as fast as you can. This album is easily a 95 if not better.

  3. Matt.S

    You’re absolutely right that I wasn’t looking forward to this album. Yet I gave it a shot and listened to it over seven times as I do all my reviews.
    Falling in reverse was better but not by far.
    The Perry album was shit, that’s why I compared it.
    Sorry my review went against what you guys like. That’s why it was my review. Feel free to register a complaint or start contributing to the website to get your opinions out there.

    Oh and ah yeah, sorry about the huge screw up with album numbers! Accidentally uploade the draft. Exam brains!!! Haha fixing it up now.

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