Inhale Exhale - Bury Me Alive

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RIYL

Norma Jean
August Burns Red
Memphis May Fire

Release Date

10/06/2009

Label

Solid State

Tracklist

1. "Rooms" - 3:23
2. "Did You Ever Have A Touch To Lose" - 3:12
3. "Condemned" - 3:49
4. "Over And Out" - 3:50
5. "A Dark Place For Your Mind To Be" - 4:12
6. "Intentions" - 3:52
7. "Explosions" - 3:56
8. "Fiction" - 3:54
9. "Better Her Than Me" - 3:31
10. "Thin Black Lines" - 2:02
11. "An Era" - 3:08

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Inhale Exhale have released three full lengths so far on Solid State Records. I admit I haven’t really paid attention to much Solid State has put out lately. Christian metalcore is not really my forte, I believe music is music besides what message you are trying to convey but lately Solid State hasn’t really been doing it for me. Inhale Exhale are not really treading new ground with this release, but what can you really expect from a band who are walking the same path that bands like Underoath and Norma Jean already laid waste to. Devin Townsend mixed this CD and at points it has a very Misery Signals (Of Malice and the Magnum Heart era MS, that is) feel to it.

The album begins with the track “Rooms.” It is filled with heavy guitars and also has a very Every Time I Die feel to it. The band, consisting of Ryland Raus (vocals), John LaRussa (guitar), Chris Carroll (drums), and Greg Smith (bass), do a rather good job at keep the instrumentation tight and focused, never really losing place of where the song needs to go. Though somewhat repetitive there is no shortage of breakdowns and heavy chugging riffs. Although this is supposedly the heaviest Inhale Exhale record yet, the dissonance and abundant breakdowns become bland and overly predictive. I can recall a time where I tried to start a band and when we couldn’t think of how to connect two parts of the song together the utterance, “How about a breakdown?” reared its ugly head too many times. Forgive us for we have sinned at our young age, and we now know breakdowns are to be used sparingly. Inhale Exhale could have benefitted from backing off on the copious amount of breakdowns as a lot of the songs would have been better without them.

Bury My Alive has another flaw, being that the lyrics appear to be forced and rather uninspired. The obvious religious overtones are definitely there and really do nothing for creating any sort of depth. See the track “Explosion” for a good example of what I am talking about.

The band is labeled as experimental hardcore on their MySpace profile, however, I hardly see the experimental aspect -- slow tracks with clean vocals leading to heavy breakdowns is nothing new. In addition the song “Thin Black Lines” is very out of place and the faux anthem feel to it falls flat. Possibly it should have been placed further to one end of the track listing.

With metalcore becoming pretty manufactured it is tough to really tread new ground. Inhale Exhale will appeal to those who enjoy today’s metalcore. There are plenty of breakdowns, overly manufactured drum sounds, and guttural vocals followed by clean ones to keep the genre fans happy. The detuned guitars will keep the kids moshing until the break of dawn. But for those that expect something new from the kids coming up through the metalcore ranks, better luck next time. Go listen to an old Converge record and call it a day.

--Corey Mack

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Last updated: 10/03/2009 07:24AM

Comments

MustangMan311
10/03/2009
08:52AM
Age: 21
Location
Raleigh, NC

...Well, I really like the cover art.

Rich
10/03/2009
10:04AM
Age: 28
Location
Leeds, England

I quite like this band. Not listened to this yet, but I'm eager to spin it. 

Rick Gebhardt
10/03/2009
11:15AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota

Their debut was decent, but their sophomore album sucked.  I get the feeling that this is probably somewhere in the middle of the two quality-wise.

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Spartan E7
10/03/2009
11:29AM
Age: 28
Location
Infinitely Inwards
Rick Gebhardt

Their debut was decent, but their sophomore album sucked.  I get the feeling that this is probably somewhere in the middle of the two quality-wise.

Basically the same situation as IDT's new album.

You should never be surprised when you get attacked, you'll know all the freedoms they took from you when you get em back, when in fact they were never yours to begin with, this is a prison planet, you're servin a life sentence.

Chris Conlan
10/03/2009
08:26PM
Age: 30
Location
Dubuque

I can say that I've never heard a single track from these guys.

pantsmeetshit
10/03/2009
08:48PM
Age: 29
Location
Los Angeles

Not missing anything chris.

cloudscollide
10/03/2009
10:02PM
Age: 25
Location
PA

Didn't they just release a sophomore record?

Jake Oliver
10/04/2009
06:24AM
Age: 26
Location
Wales

May not re-invent the wheel, but it's a competently executed record.

Mike Duchnowsky
10/05/2009
02:44PM
Age: 29
Location
West Haven, CT

Trenches need to hurry up on that new record.

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I'll take no gold miss,
I'll take no silver
I'll take those sweet lips,
And I'll deliver.

Rick Gebhardt
10/06/2009
05:58AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota
Mike D

Trenches need to hurry up on that new record.

I have no idea what brought up this thought, but I agree completely!

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Rick Gebhardt
10/07/2009
11:43AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota

After listening to the album, it's definitely way better than their last album, but still not quite up to the level of their debut... essentially confirming my suspicions.

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aaron
10/19/2009
08:59PM
Age: 32
Location
Atascadero, CA

the more i listen to this, the more I like it.  way better than the last album and well it's growing on me.  nice and heavy, gonna recommend it now.

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