May 18, 2010 - Good Fight
A fine line exists between glossy boy-band emo and legitimate entries into the world of progressive emo-rock. Yes, a ton of bands are doing the prog-emo thing, and most aren't doing it so well. On one side, we have bands like Sleeping With Sirens who inadvertently turn themselves into a parody, with cheesy, Auto-Tuned vocals and predetermined "hot licks." But then the paradigm can easily shift to the other side, where we get bands like Michigan's I Am Abomination, who are pretty amazing musicians but, unlike some of the genre's cheesier bands, play directly from the heart, creating music that's every bit as enjoyable to listen to as the bands who obviously inspired them (Thrice, Iron Maiden, Coheed And Cambria, and the list goes on). To Our Forefathers is teeming with melody and grace (yes, grace), without sounding wimpy. In fact, this is some powerful shit; wild guitar licks weave in and out of the songs, wall-of-sound riffs lead into impressive breakdowns, and the vocals are polished, but not at all whiny. And did we mention the guitar licks? Some of the solos on here would make Yngwie Malmsteen nervously check over his shoulder.