They Found Her In Pieces - Victorian
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: April 25th, 2010
Having a local music scene is essential to keeping music alive and well. These local scenes all seem to follow what is popular to the Hot Topic subset of today’s scene. That is why there is a current abundance of autotune and electronic music today. There also seems to be a current plethora of bands that could be classified as “beatdown hardcore/metalcore” that would fit with bands like Murder Death Kill and Endwell. They Found Her In Pieces fits into neither of these two genres. They Found Her In Pieces are a death metal band out of Virginia who are zealous to tear shit up with their debut full length Victorian.
After a short introduction track, Wesley’s vocals come screeching in before they transform into growls. Throughout the album, Wesley varies his vocals and prevents the monotone disease from setting in. Also on “Advent” we have our introduction to the skillful guitars, which has a great part in the middle of the song. The guitars do not start to really shine until the next song, “Days Of Wine And Roses,” though. “Days Of Wine And Roses” seems to be the focal track of the album, and rightfully so, with everything from Wesley’s vocals to the guitars to Matt’s drumming all flowing as one to create a beautiful beast of a track.
“The Ivy Portrait” sees the band switching things up throughout the whole song. They begin the song with no guitar and a different atmosphere. The song has a darker, slower feeling swirling around it and makes you pay heed to what is going on during the duration. It also helps bring forth the title track, which gives you a great definition of what this album is all about if you heard it by itself. Even when the band goes to six minutes, they are impressive and never seem to become tiresome to the ear.
The album does have a case of being a tad generic at times, but they are not trying to reinvent the wheel so it is all right. They also will not appeal to people who do not like this genre of music. With that being said, this is a highly enjoyable and recommend release from an up-and-coming group of guys that have a great work ethic and should have that pay off for them soon enough.
Judging from the opening paragraph, I presume the reviewer is not a fan of the genre, thus, also not into this band. All too often, these reviews never paint an accurate picture.
This is hands down one of the best melodic death metal albums of 2010. The musicianship and tightness of all member's contributions is prevalent with every single track, especially the guitars/drums...this is really what sets them apart. Like most in the genre, the songs do resonate a similar tone. Unlike most in the genre, the relief comes in the tracks not falling into repetitive/redundant territory. This album is fast and heavier on memorable melodic riffs. The vocals are not the best I've heard, but at the same time, do compliment the songs well and maintain perfect flow with the music. Although the entire album is excellent from beginning to end, the tracks "Advents", "Coffins In Bloom" and "Arms To The Oceans" stick out in my mind. Do yourself a favor and check it out, especially if you're a fan of melodic death metal and want to add aother solid release to your collection!
For the record, ...And Hell Followed With did absolutely nothing for me. No offense to those who consider themselves fans, to each his own, but their album sounds like a bunch of guys who can obviously play and shred as good as any, but simply can't write songs. It feels like a bunch of parts that don't hold any cohesive whole to it.