Confide - Recover

Album cover
Post-hardcore
Tragic Hero Records
Confide
Recover
Confide - Recover Review rating:
1.5
User rating:
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Often in the music business, it is not uncommon for bands of a certain genre to flock to a sole producer, relying heavily on that one persons input to unlock what hidden potential the band may have. In the latter part of the 80’s and early 90’s, that person was Bob Rock; his work with bands such as Motley Crue and Metallica wielded majorly successful results, bringing the bands to unprecedented new heights in popularity. In the 90’s, Ross Robinson was the go to guy, producing a large amount of popular nu metal albums from the likes of Californian based Korn and the Iowan metal masters Slipknot. More recently Killswitch Engage guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz has become the savior of modern metalcore, producing highly regarded albums like All That Remains’ The Fall of Ideals and Underoath’s Define The Great Line amongst many others.

This brings us to producer Joey Sturgis, who seems to be the flavor of the day within the post-hardcore genre. The man has done some good work; Burden of Day’s most recent OneOneThousand is a definite testament to this. However despite his triumphs, he also seems to have a growing list of failures, which most recently has come to include the Los Angeles based band Confide, whose latest album Recover discards any hint of personality the band once had, opting to become just another breakdown centric metalcore group.

Although the drop in quality seen on Recover cannot entirely be blamed Sturgis, sonic idiosyncrasies consistent with the producers previous work, such as with bands We Came As Romans or Asking Alexandria. With no notable variety to speak of, each song features what has made most post-hardcore a deplorable genre as of late; a gross overuse of breakdowns paired with choruses that are literally undecipherable from the work of every other band in the genre. In theory, the use of a breakdown is great: a short, heavy interlude where the band performs a simple, yet catchy single note pattern while the vocalist usually delivers a repeated verse. However, when bands such as Confide (and a vast majority of their contemporaries) use this technique so carelessly, its effectiveness is squandered and every song ends up sounding almost identical.

On their previous record Shout The Truth lead vocalist Ross Michael Kenyon proved himself to be a member of great worth; his performance was not only technically pleasing, but he managed to maintain an identity that was specific to only himself. While some songs such as “People Are Crazy” hint to this prior level of ability, the majority of Recover, sees this approach forsaken, as Kenyon chooses a mechanical, processed delivery, one that is truly inseparable from his peers. This is a fact that could describe every aspect of the album, which overall comes off as calculated, routine and spiritless. While innovation and originality definitely does not make a record a success, Recover is just too derivative to earn any positive marks.

If you are a fan of bands such as We Came As Romans or Asking Alexandria, then this record will undoubtedly become one of your years favorite records; it has everything you look for in great music. However, if the aforementioned do little to tickle your fancy, it would be your best bet to steer clear of Confide’s Recover, just another product of a band ruined by Joey Sturgis.

1. When Heaven Is Silent
2. Tighten It Up
3. The View From My Eyes
4. Now Or Never
5. Delete, Repeat
6. My Choice Of Words
7. People Are Crazy
8. Barely Breathing
9. 80B
10. Tell Me I’m Not Alone
11. Write This Down

Confide was a metalcore band from Los Angeles, California, United States formed in 2004.
They have released two EP's: Innocence Surround and Introduction, a demo and three full length albums: Shout The Truth, which was re-recorded and re-released when Joel Piper joined the band, and their latest widely discussed album Recover. Confide officialy announced they're breakup up on October 4th 2010.

... read more

Did You Know?

Batman
Batman says... "Manchester Orchestra member Christopher Freeman is an avid fan of Gossip Girls."

Featured Album

Hawthorne Heights-Hate
Hate
Hawthorne Heights

Recent Interviews

ARIA
ARIA
Tue, September 06, 2011
A Common Year
A Common Year
Thu, September 01, 2011
Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade
Mon, August 22, 2011
Blessthefall
Blessthefall
Tue, August 09, 2011
Stray From the Path
Stray From the Path
Thu, August 04, 2011
The Summer Set
The Summer Set
Wed, July 27, 2011
Psychic Babble
Psychic Babble
Tue, June 28, 2011
Touche Amore
Touche Amore
Fri, June 24, 2011
August Burns Red
August Burns Red
Tue, June 21, 2011
Nocturnal Me
Nocturnal Me
Mon, June 13, 2011
Living With Lions
Living With Lions
Mon, June 13, 2011
Polar Bear Club
Polar Bear Club
Sun, June 12, 2011
The Swellers
The Swellers
Mon, May 23, 2011
Balance And Composure
Balance And Com ...
Sun, May 22, 2011
Protest The Hero
Protest The Hero
Fri, April 29, 2011
Dredg
Dredg
Wed, April 27, 2011
Otep
Otep
Sat, April 23, 2011
Fireworks
Fireworks
Tue, April 12, 2011
Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance
Sun, April 03, 2011
He Is We
He Is We
Sat, March 05, 2011

Powered by Drupal. Eco-friendly hosting provided by Site5 LLC.
All content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons License .