Our Last Night - Age of Ignorance

Rating

single starsingle starsingle star

RIYL

Saosin
City Sleeps
Spoken

Release Date

08/21/2012

Tracklist

1. Fate
2. Sent Me to Hell
3. Age of Ignorance
4. Reason to Love
5. Liberate Me
6. Voices
7. Conspiracy
8. Enemy
9. Invincible
10. A Sun that Never Sets

Users Rating

single starsingle starsingle star
2 ratings

Your Rating

Create an account or log in to rate this album

Recent Ratings

Growing up is hard. Let’s all face it; that awkward phase between a child and an adult is no fun at all. And that phase is what New Hampshire’s Our Last Night is going through right now. They once were a band that combined the metalcore rage of Underoath with the thoughtful melodicism of Saosin. The results fell short of excellent, but there was certainly a level of enjoyment to be had with the band’s past catalogue of fun, catchy metalcore.

Fast forward to 2012, and these gentlemen have decided they want to grow up. Instead of singing (or screaming) about bad girlfriends and youthful rage, these songs target their anger at religion, ignorance, and politics. It’s clear from the first word that Our Last Night has a beef with all that the Republican Party holds dear: God, corporations, and limiting the scope of government. Of course, everything the band has to say has been said by literally thousands of bands, so the message is a bit boring by now. Also, some of the lyrics come across like the prototypical 2 A.M. musings of a newly liberalized college kid, which is not a complement.

Of course this shift in “maturity” is also evident in the music. The band has toned down the harsh vocals significantly, which leaves Matt Wentworth to carry the entirety of the vocal load. His cleans are well done, if a bit too auto-tuned at times. His melodies were previously the better points of the band’s past, but when there is no countervailing force to balance out the melody, something is a bit lacking on the clean-only tracks. The blame cannot go squarely on the shoulders of Matt, however, as the rest of the band seems to slack when the heavy quotient dips below maximal levels. In fact, the best tracks on the album are the ones that feature the heavier elements of the band’s sound (as well as screaming). “Fate” and “Liberate Me” would have fit in very nicely on We Will All Evolve. The hooks are punchy, the guitar work borders on great, and the songs are actually memorable.

All of the above would lead you to the conclusion that this album is terrible, right? Somehow despite all of the negatives, the album is still quite enjoyable. Sure, the lyrics are cliché (albeit improved), and the songs lack a certain bite that made We Will All Evolve work. However, the resulting musical melting pot actually works. Age of Ignorance shows quite a bit of promise for what could come in the future for these New Hampshire-ians (-ites?), as the added rock influence helps make each song more memorable than it should be. Gone are annoying breakdowns and an overabundance of poor screaming; left in its wake are guitar solos and more hooks.

Our Last Night is the ultimate album to showcase musical growing pains. An improved awareness of the band’s surroundings will aid them in future albums, even if it’s quite cliché now; competent musicianship, if improved upon in further releases, will help the band grow out of this adolescent phase. For now, listeners are left with an awkward yet enjoyable Saosin-style band.

Author

Nick Senior
Last updated: 08/21/2012 05:38AM

Comments

Kristopher Ray
08/21/2012
06:59AM

After I heard their first single released Age of Ignorance I was very taken back by the lack of screams. It's sad to hear they went that direction rather then taking some clean vocals out of song completely, which I personally think would have suited them much better. I thought some of the tracks on We Will All Evolve we're short of great only because of the addition of a cliche clean chorus. Meh, oh well, kids will be kids right?

benny06
08/21/2012
07:21AM
Age: 26
Location
Kansas

Spoken?  lol wow.

Rick Gebhardt
08/28/2012
01:16PM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota

First of all, the cover art is horrible.

Second, I really really enjoyed these guys' last two albums.

Third, this is a decent record, but not as good as their previous works.

Fourth, I could see myself having this album grow on me over time.

Find me EVERYWHERE:




Nick Senior
08/28/2012
01:50PM
Age: 28
Location
Ellicott City, MD
Rick Gebhardt

First of all, the cover art is horrible.

Second, I really really enjoyed these guys' last two albums.

Third, this is a decent record, but not as good as their previous works.

Fourth, I could see myself having this album grow on me over time.

Agreed on all four accounts, Rick.  It is definitely a grower.  By the time I reviewed this, even though it reads like a 2.5/5, it's a really high 3 for me.  It's certainly inferior to their past, but I can see their next album continuing with this style and really working.

Currently Listening To:

Fallujah- The Flesh Prevails
Wovenwar- S/T
Within the Ruins- Phenomena