The Always Open Mouth
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In their four years as a band, Fear Before The March of Flames have grown beyond all musical boundaries, and The Always Open Mouth is a testament to that. Having added three new members to the band, Fear Before experimented with new sounds that bring to mind Nine Inch Nails, Isis, and even Marilyn Manson at times.
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Anyway, bottom line is, if you give this record a few spins, you're sure to find THE ALWAYS OPEN MOUTH easily one of (if not THE) best record of the year, and not only that, but a record that stands alone as a career-defining masterpiece. In time, this record may become as important to me as Radiohead's "OK Computer," Poison The Well's "You Come Before You," or Pearl Jam's "No Code." This is essentially Fear Before's "A City By The Light Divided," or "Vheissu," or "Redeemer." Anyone noticing a pattern here? All these bands that have helped define a genre and a period of music are all branching out. Why are they all doing this? Because they're artistic and intelligent enough to recognize when a genre has become stagnant and needs electroshock therapy! Again, I urge everyone who is not only a fan of hardcore or punk rock, but ART in general, to pick up this masterpiece.
Let's face it, inspiration isn't easy to find these days. Every album is a copy of a copy. Your favorite band releases a CD that they swear is "much more evolved" than their last album, but it always ends up relatively the same.
Fear Before the March of Flames has certainly took the word "evolving" to new levels. The Always Open Mouth isn't merely evolved, it is evolving. With every listen you will find more and more to love about it. You most likely will not be able to grasp it on first listen, meaning it plays much better a hundred times than it does once. That isn't to say that it's a technical album (i.e. Dillinger, BTBAM), but it is very, very deep. It doesn't rely on odd time signatures and insane guitar riffs. Yet it remains one of the most complex ablums I've ever heard, with absolutely nothing to compare it to. It is an album that will surely stand the test of time, and will be very difficult to wear out.
But nothing I say is going to do The Always Open Mouth justice. You simply have to hear it, from start to finish, multiple times. If you give it time (and not much, trust me) it will grow on you. Anyone can like this CD. Everyone should. It feels largely significant at this particular point in our time. And if you haven't heard it, you won't even know what I'm trying to say with that statement.
This album lets me feel the world, the human condition at this moment. It is an alarm that people simply have to hear. Not that it will likely change anything, but an album like this gives me hope. Or at least it gives me the reassurance that not ALL the world is mindless zombies.Read more ›
While there still may be some standard hardcore/screamo fare in tracks like "Drowning The Old Hag" and "A Gift For Fiction," "The Always Open Mouth" is largely a giant departure from Fear Before of old. Now on some levels I'm disappointed since I really loved "Odd How People Shake" and "Art Damage," but on the other hand it's exciting and invigorating to see the band attempting these new feats. I'm not even sure how to describe the direction of this record. It's really all over the place.Read more ›
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When I was 17 I thought this was really good, but now that I am an adult, when I try to listen to this I just hear awkward teens trying to stand out. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christopher W. Gunlock
In a move not entirely dissimilar to the one that Deftones made on their watershed 2000 release, "White Pony," Aurora, Colorado's Fear Before The March Of Flames chose to follow-up... Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by A. Stutheit
This album has tunes that will get stuck in your head, complex sections you have to listen to over and over, and moments that will blast you out of your seat! Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Greg
No need to praise the record, it speaks for itself.
One thing I have to say though - this album will outlive us all. Read more
I was especially skeptical before buying this album because it seemed like it would be much softer that their previous albums. Read morePublished on May 30, 2008 by Benjamin W. Bisconer
Their first two CD's were amazing, but fall very short in comparison to TAOM. One of the best CD's of the year. Read morePublished on December 14, 2007 by Nikolas Dobranich
this is not a metal band. this is not a hardcore band. this is not a metalcore band. get it right.Published on May 15, 2007 by M. O'Drobinak
I've loved this band for long time, I've loved their past two albums, and I've seen them live many times, and they never dissapoint. Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by G. Edwards
this cd is just one of those cd's you just can not put down. It has everything good with some effects. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Robert Olinski