It has been so nice to be back at shows. Seriously, words can not describe how happy I am to have my life back but it’s also nice to have nights at home to get caught up on some album reviews which is just what tonight is for me. So, why waste any more time? Let’s just jump right into some reviews starting with Fake Figures’ ‘We Are The Dead’.
“Hole in the Sky” wastes no time jumping into Fake Figures’ heavy and perfect sound. Although heavy and in your face, I love how the vocals reign supreme through this track. At first, they reminded me of Refused before switching into a gang vocal style which had me thinking of more hardcore-influenced bands. This track may be over three and a half minutes long but it moves fast and goes through so many different moods and movements that I found it hard to keep up but in all of the good ways. A driving track that instantly caught me and won my heart, this is a hell of a way to start off this five-song release.
Second up is the anthemic and powerful “You’re Distant”. Sweltering and trashing guitars kick off this song before Fake Figures’ distinct vocals take over and shoot this track into full gear. Although the beat is a bit more severe and slower than in “Hole in the Sky”, there’s no lack of energy in this track. I loved the tenderness that comes through on some of the phrasings in this track. It shows a whole new side of this band while still remaining heavy and in your face which is something that these guys do oh so perfectly.
“Bury The Hatchet” was instantly a favorite of mine. Much like the previous songs, the energy is relentless but there’s just something a bit more aggressive about this one than the previous tracks that had me absolutely in love. There’s almost a speed metal aspect to this track that I didn’t get from the previous ones but there’s also still that distinct punk edge that comes through loud and clear throughout this album. Again, although this song isn’t overly short, it seemed to fly by just due to the fact that I found myself trying to catch everything (and failing miserably). Another reason this was an instant favorite of mine was that I could hear a sound that reminded me of one of the most underrated bands, Blindside. Although not as moody as Blindside, I liked how I got this vibe mixed with the energy and power of Every Time I Die. Really, this track is a perfect blend of everything I love.
Part of me thought there may be a more ballad-like song on this five-song release but another part of me was relieved as “Gone Again” took over my speakers and showed no hint of slowing down. There’s a little southern twang in the guitar work of this track that, again, reminded me of Every Time I Die. It’s definitely not a dead-on influence but it’s there and heard loud and clear. Much like the previous tracks, there are sudden shifts in energy throughout this track that kept it moving much quicker than I would have liked and, before I knew it, “We Are the Dead” had taken over my house signaling the end of this amazing album.
Although far from a slow song, there’s something haunting about this final track featuring Jonah Matranga (from onelinedrawing, Gratitude, and many other amazing bands). The tenderness I had heard in “You’re Distant” comes to the spotlight in this final track which I adored but I also like how the song didn’t end this album on a slow or somber note. Like the rest of the songs, the beat and energy in this final track are relentless and left me wanting so much more from Fake Figures.
There’s so much power, so much energy, and so much passion heard throughout this quick five-song album from Fake Figures. What a great way to kick off a night of reviewing!
My Favorite Track(s): “Bury The Hatchet”
For Fans Of: Heavy Music; Relenteless Energy; Every Time I Die Meets Blindside
Mosh-ability: 9 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the stairs leading upstairs because it’s the one place my speakers really don’t get too loud; Autumn hid in my closet because the music was too loud
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 10 out of 10
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