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Fear Before the March of Flames will release "The Always Open Mouth" on September15th to further take their sound across genres and land them on the front page and tip of the tongue of all that hear it. This is Refused's "The Shape of Punk to Come" for the next generation of music listeners. The songs are epic, more experimental, evil and hold the classic Fear Before sound throughout but bring elements of NIN, Faith No More and Converge to the table. Their previous two releases have sold over 50k records and with their rabid fanbase through MySpace, this band is ready to take the next step and show the music world this band has written an album to be talked about and referenced for years to come.

About the Artist

Fear Before The March Of Flames has forged its own path regardless of the current state of music. Formed in July 2002, four young teens from Aurora, CO set out to create a unique and relevant sonic experience.

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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Absolute Future
  2. Drowning The Old Hag
  3. Mouth
  4. Taking Cassandra to the End of the World Party
  5. Ten Seconds In Los Angeles
  6. The Waiting Makes Me Curious
  7. High As A Horse
  8. Dog Sized Bird
  9. Complete and Utter Confusion...
  10. ...As a Result of Signals Being Crossed
  11. My (F***king) Deer Hunter
  12. Lycanthropy
  13. A Brief Tutorial in Bachanalia (Cigarettes As Currency)
  14. A Gift For Fiction
  15. Absolute Past

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Equal Vision Records
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kenneth Brown on September 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Every once in a great while, a record comes out that is sure to redefine an entire genre - something that is so pure, so new, so revolutionary, that it reminds us what it truly means to challenge the status quo and be "alternative." Well my friends, the record I'm talking about is "The Always Open Mouth," by FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES! This record is heavy, yet thoughtful - powerful, yet restrained. As one reviewer said, it "explores the gears, rather than flying full speed ahead." As a band matures and grows out of it's proverbial shell, it becomes necessary to change in order to set the standard. And for all those musical snobs out there (you know who you are), you might actually want to TRY accepting new music. Even if it sounds weird at first, that's part of what makes art ART. Expand your musical horizons, folks!

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.
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Pardon my writing skills. This is the first album I've felt compelled to review. But that alone should say something about this album.

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.
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One thing which can be said about Fear Before The March of Flames (besides having an unbelievably cool name) is that three albums into their career, they've never made the same record twice. They've also always seemingly been ahead of their time. 2003's "Odd How People Shake" was an engaging mix of hardcore and indie, which to this day still shines as bright as the first time I heard it. It was something that not many other groups had touched upon at the time, having such energy, and yet a concept of atmosphere and attention to detail. In early 2004 FBTMOF released "Art Damage," an extremely chaotic and heavy record and something which took their sound in the area of artful noise shortly before most music become utterly fascinated with pushing their extremity to the brimming point. And now with 2006's "The Always Open Mouth," Fear Before have taken another huge step in the evolution of their sound. Adding three new members, a healthy dose of new influences and a new found interest in writing music, FBTMOF have made a brash, daring and experimental piece which is likely to be one of the oddest things you hear all year. Yet there's something undeniably charming about it.

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.
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