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on December 8, 2010
I The Breather is a band I've been watching for a few months. Sumerian Records has really caught my eye with some of the fantastic bands they have on the roster (The Faceless, Born of Osiris, After the Burial). Unfortunately, it may have set my standards a little too high.
This album is...very, very redundant. If you listen to one of the tracks from the album, you'll get a good idea of what everything else sounds like. That isn't to say this is a bad album. There are some very good tracks on here despite the repetitiveness. Allspark and Illuminate are a couple of my favorites.
I think this band is going to draw many comparisons to August Burns Red. And rightfully so. They're pretty much August Burns Red-lite. Not quite as gripping, but the similarities can't be denied. One thing they should do a better ABR impersonation with is variation. The album is so one dimensional and all of the songs sound very, very similar. Particularly the first six tracks of the album. I couldn't pick them out of a lineup.
Not to say they aren't good...exactly. It's just hearing them for the sixth time in a row gets a little boring. The last few tracks are decidedly more varied and the CD ends strong, which is nice.
Really, this is an album that I'm not really going to play from start to finish a lot. I might pick and choose a track or two and be done with them. When that's the way you see an album, it's probably not a good thing. They don't have a lot of lasting appeal.
Good band, they need a little time to grow, I think. Definitely some shining moments on this album, check it out if you like the sound.