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Seasons After – Through Tomorrow

September 15, 2010 by  

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Seasons After – Through Tomorrow

NAME: Seasons After
ALBUM: Through Tomorrow
DATE: 25October2010

LABEL: ADA/Dirtbag Records

RATING: 2/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Well, At Least They Tried

LOCATION: Wichita

LINE UP: Chris – Vocals, James – Guitar, Vocals, Dawson – Guitar, Michael – Bass, Vocals, Tim – Drums

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: Cast your mind back to a time not so long ago. A bleak age where nu-metal bands roamed the earth, dragging their voluminous trousers across sticky Camden stages like sweaty cavemen still drenched with primordial ooze. The music – a cacophony of well placed roars and guitar solos interspersed with radio-friendly choruses covering a myriad of exciting themes from depression to suicide to heartache, then back to depression. Lovely.

For a few golden years, nu-metal would hypnotize angry teenagers, until they emerged from the shackles of puberty, blinking in the light of revelation that for the most part, this music was actually pretty terrible. Trousers became tighter, mane after mane of hair got shorter, and for many, once-cherished bands became an amusing memory. With ‘Through Tomorrow,’ Seasons After seem determined to dredge up these memories, fond or otherwise, and make us nostalgic for our angsty, angsty past. Oh, the pain.

SOUNDS LIKE: It would be an injustice to say that ‘Through Tomorrow’ is a bad album; it is an extremely mediocre album, yes, but there are enough flashes of decency here to prevent it from being a complete trial to listen to. For the most part, the record is vocally very impressive, creating in places an atmosphere akin to A Perfect Circle, yet on the whole the pace remains at a constant; there is not much new here to set Seasons After apart from their peers. A shame – if they’d trimmed off some of the aural fat and made a CD of half this length, ‘Through Tomorrow’ would be a far easier pill to swallow. An acoustic track (‘Cry Little Sister’) is attempted, which admittedly makes a welcome change, but even this feels like too little too late.

At times the solos take on a pretty 80s hair-metal feel that serves as a welcome distraction from the ‘scream scream scream, chug chug chug, big chorus’ monotony that is the dish of the day here. Indeed, there is no denying that Seasons After are accomplished musicians, but this album frequently threatens to descend into a lumpy, bloated mass of horror. Prime example: ‘Gettin’ Even’ sounds like a cross between Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback and should be listened to at your own risk.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You left your imagination somewhere in the late 90s in a fake leather jacket reeking of stale beer and sweat.

LINK: http://www.myspace.com/seasonsafter


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