It's reissue season for Victory Records. In January they reissued the Autumn Offering's full length debut, in March they reissued Darkest Hour's Victory Debut, in April there releasing this Sinai Beach reissue and an Aiden reissue, and they also have two collections of older songs by Silverstein and Junior Varsity coming out late spring. You have to question if it's because their lacking new singings haven't yet produced any new albums, or besides an Atreyu and Dead to Fall release, there's nothing major until at least late May. Either way, while it's gonna be a pain to a lot of people to hear more Aiden, at least more people will be able to a few good older releases like this one and the Darkest Hour reissue.
After listening to 'When Breath Escapes,' it's no surprise that Sinai Beach were once signed to Facedown Records. Before their days of nu-metalcore with Danzig vocals, Sinai Beach's roots were firmly based in hardcore. While it was still mainly metalcore, the slight nu-metal sound hadn't developed and the tracks were filled with some hardcore breakdowns and the like. Also, CJ's singing here is actually pretty memorable and though it's slightly under used, fits in perfectly.
Tracks like 'Candice' pretty much sum up Sinai Beach. While the metal/hardcore, shout/sing hyrbird is obviously over saturated, thanks to the guitar work layed down and the above average vocals, Sinai Beach at least manage to stay above a majority of the bands playing this style of music. It still doesn't help that the lack of originality hinders the high points and a little bit of technicality would have been a nice touch, mainly because the overused breakdowns get old fast.
If someone were asking me about Sinai Beach, I'd tell them to check out 'When Breath Escapes' before 'Immersed.' Before Sinai Beach retrogressed to an even more stale sounding band, they at least had short bursts of enjoyable metalcore that gave this release a solid fight to become something better than it really was.