Senses Fail - The Fire

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Post-hardcore
Vagrant Records
Senses Fail
The Fire
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There was a man who felt the burning from a mirror riled from the frustration of sitting in a waiting room with a gas mask most precariously. So it was only a matter of time before we saw a house set to flames since Buddy Nielsen has been feeling the heartache attributed to life for quite some time now. This is album number four with absolutely no progression varyingly, but subjectively The Fire may be their best material to date since it’s catchier, heavier, and tighter than anything predating its release. All song topics aside those who bought Let It Enfold You – and aren’t still tethered to nostalgias bidding tug, will absolutely shred their ears off by the identicalness of everything dominating the entire affair. Breakdowns find habitat in the same niche between chorus number two and the bridge; just as well the riffs are near plagiarism of earlier material which originally didn’t even belong to Senses Fail so the legality is moot but the satisfaction will all pertain to the listener – as usual.

Honestly though, you already know if you want this album or not. Senses Fail are about as bad as Nickelback in terms of formulas, however they exceed the parameters of their limitations from time to time. Mostly this progression relies on Buddy, who is the hit and miss king of pop/punk vocals straining clean verses (as usual) but blowing away harsh segments (as usual). Is he back for real this time? That’s a question that is often answered by live performances since Still Searching was all smoke and mirrors (burning bathroom mirrors mind you) where Mr. Nielsen proved production was half the assailant. While his range is acceptable it’s his rampant lines of “I JUST WANT TO FEEL ALIVE!” which, for the time being, rally the angst inside those still believing in him.

This leads to the greatest surprise, the rest of the band. They refuse to embark on detours from their solidified sound. While they cater to melody blending with heaviness – like always, they seem less pungent than usual. Everything is catered to soft intro/explosion/Buddy Nielsen/catchy riff/repeat. This is a blueprint that’s lost its color for the band. While they can rely on their front man to allude to progression it’s ultimately up to the rest of the band to prove it, which they fail to do so. This isn’t such a negative aspect though. Senses Fail have a more than acceptable style rooted for their approach, it’s just their defiance in progression will deter those who wish for more from the band. Essentially, there isn’t a single, I repeat, a single song on The Fire that Senses Fail hasn’t created before – thus you already know if you want this album or not.

1. The Fire
2. Saint Anthony
3. New Year's Eve
4. Safe House
5. Coward
6. Landslide
7. Headed West
8. Lifeboats
9. Nero
10. Irish Eyes
11. Hold On

Senses Fail is a New Jersey, United States based band. They are influenced by many spiritual beliefs, which manifest themselves in their lyrics and musical themes.

They released their first EP, From The Depths Of Dreams, on August 12, 2002 on ECA Records, followed by a re-release on April 29, 2003 on Drive-Thru Records. Their first proper album, Let It Enfold You, was released on September 7, 2004 on Vagrant Records. It too was re-released with five bonus tracks, including three acoustic versions of songs on Let It Enfold You.

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