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encmetalhead 01/06/10 10:37 AM

Greeley Estates - No Rain, No Rainbow
 
Greeley Estates - No Rain, No Rainbow
Record Label: Tragic Hero Records
Release Date: January 26, 2010

Science Records was home to four bands, according to their MySpace, when Warner Bros. Records eliminated the label in 2008. Three of the four bands have now found a label to call home again. Early in the year, we saw Confide and Tragic Hero Records announce their deal. Confide has gone on to rerelease Shout The Truth with bonus tracks and videos. Confide are now recording new material for a 2010 release. Then in May, BlessTheFall announced that they had signed with Fearless Records. They have since released their new album Witness. Lastly, and the focus of this review, Greeley Estates announced their signing with Tragic Hero Records in late 2009, and are set to release No Rain, No Rainbow January 26, 2010.

Up until their signing with Tragic Hero Records, I knew of but had never heard Greeley Estates. After listening to the two songs they have released in promotion, “Seven Hours” and “Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees”, I decided to take a listen to their Science Records release Go West Young Man, Let The Evil Go East. Listening to that album, I heard a somewhat generic band with unique vocals and some potential. Their change in sound from that album to this one can already be heard on the two promotional tracks released. Greeley Estates wants to be a part of the heavier tier of post-hardcore, and fittingly, the album starts off with “Seven Hours”. The unique vocals are still somewhat here, but the maturing process and going heavier seems to have changed their dynamic. The new dynamic is both good and bad for the band. On one hand, they lose some of their sound that made Go West such a huge album in the scene, but on the other, the vocals sound so much better.

While Ryan Zimmerman is holding down the vocals, his bandmates are showing off their skills. The guitarists throw in the breakdowns, but they put them into an appropriate part of the song, as in “I Shot The Maid”. The guitarists are greatly helped by the production team, as the guitar sound of the album is top notch, clean, crisp, and mixed well with the rest of the parts. I may be the only one, but I love when I can transition smoothly from listening to the drums, guitars, or vocals to one of the others. I often find that either the drums or guitars are harder to pinpoint all that is going on with them than the other. Speaking of the drums, the band seems to have written some very good arrangements. Sadly, the drums are nothing special with no standout moments for them to shine.

There are a few blemishes on this album though. The first is that while the instrumentation is very spot-on, a lot of it is generic and predictable. There is also the already mentioned fact that the vocals lost a bit of their unique sound on this album, but in losing some uniqueness they gained better overall vocals. The last blemish is the fact that a lot of the heavy parts seem to sound the same. They should stick to screaming and singing, as their growls are absolutely weak. I also do not love the last second addition of the interlude “4,5,6”, but it is not a big deal, as it is pretty short.

“Friends Are Friends For Never” is the leader of the pack as far as individual songs goes. It is fantastic all the way around and has equal parts old and new. It would be my choice as a single, but then again “Seven Hours” is also a good choice. The label and band will be golden either way. I would like to take a moment to address the criticism that “Jealousy Breeds Killing Sprees” received when it was released. The track by itself is weaker than the rest, but when you hear it in the placement of the album you quickly hear why the track made it onto the album.

No Rain, No Rainbow is comprised of a fantastic set of songs that will be sure to please new and old fans alike. While they are eventually weighed down by some flaws, I feel confident that I will still be listening to this album at this time next year. Greeley Estates are set for a breakout year, and Tragic Hero Records are set to help make that happen. If you are into this genre, this album should be on your list to listen to in early 2010. Now if only I could find out why lying through my teeth would not count as flossing.

Recommended If You LikePost-Hardcore, The Word Alive, BlessTheFall


http://www.myspace.com/greeleyestates

gr33ndayfr3ak 01/06/10 08:30 PM

I used to love this band, but I've kind of grown out of this genre. I'll probably give this a spin though.

ndoleman 01/06/10 09:07 PM

Love this album, so heavy

Alex1410 01/07/10 02:54 AM

I loved go west young man, i'm excited to hear this. Ive always thought greeley estates stood out from all the similar bands out there.

valoo 01/07/10 03:18 AM

im guessing it leaked?

pm plz :X

Lunar 01/07/10 06:06 AM

Didn't leak, this guy gets promos.

medicatemex 01/07/10 06:22 AM

Friends Are Friends For Never is on their myspace, its the best out of the 3 released imo

COREhorizon 01/07/10 06:37 AM

Zimmerman's singing > his screaming IMO, but I'll still check this out.

dontlookaway 01/07/10 07:46 AM

does anyone remember their cd far from the lies? yeah that was good.

Young Machetes 01/07/10 09:02 AM

I really think Go West Young Man was the pinnacle of their career. We'll see how this turns out, but a lot of the songs sound the same. I've heard about 4 songs.

ndoleman 01/07/10 09:56 AM

Also he doesnt talk about the other guest vocals like jared from blessthefall on "swim for your life" and Beau from blessthefall on "Lying Through Your Teeth Doesn't Count As Flossing". Both appearance's are solid. Oh and Craig mabbitt is on Jealousy breeds Killing Sprees for those who didnt know already.

britster 01/07/10 10:28 AM

from what ive heard so far, im kinda stoked for it
doesnt craig mabbit appear on jealousy breeds killing sprees..or not?

ndoleman 01/07/10 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by britster (Post 60009832)
from what ive heard so far, im kinda stoked for it
doesnt craig mabbit appear on jealousy breeds killing sprees..or not?

Yes he does

bjm1702 01/07/10 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by ndoleman (Post 60007981)
Also he doesnt talk about the other guest vocals like jared from blessthefall on "swim for your life" and Beau from blessthefall on "Lying Through Your Teeth Doesn't Count As Flossing". Both appearance's are solid. Oh and Craig mabbitt is on Jealousy breeds Killing Sprees for those who didnt know already.


And the vocalist of The Irish Front does some backing vocals on "Friends Are Friends For Never".

ndoleman 01/07/10 10:44 AM

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Originally Posted by bjm1702 (Post 60010322)
And the vocalist of The Irish Front does some backing vocals on "Friends Are Friends For Never".

Yeah but not too many people know about him/them compared to the other guests. He's on "I Shot The maid" too. He doesn't sound that good on either IMO.

ndoleman 01/07/10 10:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Young Machetes (Post 60004811)
I really think Go West Young Man was the pinnacle of their career. We'll see how this turns out, but a lot of the songs sound the same. I've heard about 4 songs.

After putting out 2 solid and different albums already, i think they definitely wanted to take this one heavier to make for a better live show.

Young Machetes 01/07/10 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by ndoleman (Post 60011052)
After putting out 2 solid and different albums already, i think they definitely wanted to take this one heavier to make for a better live show.

That makes sense. Their live shows are always lots of fun, and I'm sure this new material will fit in well with the hardcore kids.

parkerxcore 01/07/10 12:50 PM

I used to get promos but that was before science split. I'm excited for this album, they always enjoyed the heavier songs more, so it fits that they would go in this direction. Hope the best for these boys they deserve it.

cory-182 01/07/10 02:17 PM

I used to love these guys. Their EP is still a favorite of mine.

I stopped listening to them after I saw them last winter and they played an entire set of stuff off Go West, except one other song.

encmetalhead 01/07/10 04:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ndoleman (Post 60007981)
Also he doesnt talk about the other guest vocals like jared from blessthefall on "swim for your life" and Beau from blessthefall on "Lying Through Your Teeth Doesn't Count As Flossing". Both appearance's are solid. Oh and Craig mabbitt is on Jealousy breeds Killing Sprees for those who didnt know already.

Label Manager didn't get me a list of guests in time for this review...in fact I never got a list...damn lazy bum haha <3 ya if you're reading this :-P

more heart 01/07/10 04:26 PM

Don't they say to not to write reviews for albums before they're released in case a staff member should review it?

encmetalhead 01/07/10 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by more heart (Post 60037871)
Don't they say to now write reviews for albums before they're released in case a staff member should review it?

Dude, they didn't have to approve it. I was kinda expecting them to not approve it actually.

silent_platypus 01/22/10 05:19 PM

I like how their sound is continually evolving.

On the other hand, it annoys me that merely going heavier and more technical in style and song structure (as has been the progressively more evident trend in these last 2 releases since "Far From The Lies") is "evolution and improvement in sound" while going back to the melodic, catchy sound/structures of "Far From The Lies" at this point would be defined by the scene as "selling out." Narrow-minded (as if nobody knew already)...

_andy_killface_ 01/28/10 08:31 AM

its a something new and its all good too. some bands just need to give themselves a new style sometimes and i say that greeley estates changes for the best. :)
buuuuuuuut i still miss the singing... kinda lol
plus i love all the songs that feature other artist!

absoluut 02/08/10 05:08 PM

pretty tight. like this way more than go west. namely because ryan doesn't have the random note drags and drops that made a lot of the songs sound the same. guest vocals are amazing too. check this record out if you haven't already.

iamghost 02/18/10 12:20 PM

best album ever =]

absoluut 02/19/10 09:26 PM

good review. songs are pretty repetitive

brandon_260 02/22/10 08:24 AM

I was disappointed by this album compared to their prior releases. I feel the track with Beau Bokan (blessthefall) should have featured more of his vocals. They have a more "Bring Me The Horizon" sound on NRNR

brandon_260 05/26/10 08:19 AM

Swim For Your Lives is epic

heavy_chron1c 08/01/10 04:29 PM

i was very surprised when i first listened to this album, i actually baught it without knowing what to expect really. ill defenately be able to listen to it over and over again a few times and i really think that in this heavier style theyve achieved a better sound in general and it actually sounds amazing. ITs very diffrent from their older stuff and ya i agree that with this album the vocals have lost some of their originality that could very well be distinguished in the previous albums but i think theyre moving toward something good and they could easily make many more and new fans if they keep in this direction of style. Lol and ya i think their concerts are gonna be more intence with some of these new songs

ajl1992 08/12/10 08:30 AM

awesome album

ajl1992 08/12/10 08:31 AM

awsome album seein them on thrash and burn