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Escape The Fate - Dying Is Your Latest Fashion
Record Label: Epitaph
Release Date: September 26th, 2006


When I opened up the press packet for the debut album from Escape The Fate, I was greeted by a glossy, full page photograph of 5 guys who look they put a lot of time into their outfits. Following were quotes from front man Ronnie Radke that read:

“It’s gonna happen. Watch. I’m not jokin’. We’re gonna be the biggest thing. So huge. I know it” and “I don’t wanna come off like an asshole. We’re gonna be that change in music. I have a vision”.

Well, Ronnie and Tom Delonge can’t both be correct, so is this going to be the album to change music? With bold claims like that it has to be good, right? Sorry Ronnie, but I think to make promises like that, you have to do something to differentiate yourself from your faux-hardcore scene contemporaries (although he was ousted from the band shortly after the release of this album).

Dying Is Your Latest Fashion is a veritable cornucopia of every stereotype present in the “screamo” genre, but with a twist, it sounds really forced. Screams penetrate the clean vocals, the lyrics are mostly about blood, self deprication and death, and it even packs one of the worst album covers I have seen since Ateryu’s “The Curse” to boot. The guitar riff of “The Webs We Weave”, which opens the album, could have easily been the lead off guitar line of any melodic hardcore band’s cd. Predictable melodies and structure make this track really difficult to remember. “Reverse This Curse” appears to have been influenced musically by early My Chemical Romance except without Way’s charisma and believability. “Cellar Door” experiments with electronic beats but only sounds like a second rate industrial band with emo lyrics. The breakdowns on Dying Is Your Latest Fashion seem to have been inserted in the songs just for the sake of having them and are often the weakest part of the songs. For a perfect example, take one listen to end of “The Guillotine” and try not to giggle once the attempted death metal growls start.

Let’s get something out of the way, which might make you stop reading, but Radke sounds almost identical to From First To Last’s Sonny Moore. It is scary at points how similar they are, even down to the slightest voice crack. So if you are a big fan of Moore, then you will love the vocals on this album. Lyrically though, it might be a different story, with many lines just trying too hard. “Situations” reads more like a porno than a hardcore song with not so subtly sexual lyrics mixed with moans courtesy of Radke. The lyrics only get cheesier from there on out with multiple references to ghosts and funerals just in time for Halloween! The oddly titled acoustic ballad “The Day I Left The Womb” is so forced and nasally sung, it sounds like it even caused Ronnie some pain.

The lack of creativity is really kind of upsetting too because some of the songs on the EP had guilty pleasure written all over them (for some people). The jump to a full length took their formula and diluted it with overproduced vocals and a bland hard-soft formula. However, there are parts of the album that stick out, like the guitar solo in “There’s No Sympathy For The Dead”, which shows some fret board knowledge. There are also some pretty catchy chorus’ that will get stuck in your head despite the lame subject matter. If the band could just channel these moments more consistently, the album would be much more enjoyable.

Radke’s expectations for the success of this album are high, and some of them might be realized due to FFTL’s fan base thinking that Sonny has a new side project, but this album is about as middle of the road as it gets (hence the numerical score). Maybe the band should spend a little more time summoning originality and a little less time on fashion.

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Tracklisting
1 The Webs We Weave
2. When I Go Out, I Want To Go Out On A Chariot Of Fire
3. Situations
4. The Guillotine
5. Reverse The Curse
6. Cellar Door
7. There’s No Sympathy For The Dead
8. My Apocalypse
9. Friends And Alibis
10. Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliché
11. The Day I Left The Womb
This review is a user submitted review from Tom Good. You can see all of Tom Good's submitted reviews here.
 
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04:46 PM on 10/30/06
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Nice, nice, nice review.
05:06 PM on 11/12/06
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Nice to see a strict review.
06:24 AM on 12/24/06
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Quote:
“It’s gonna happen. Watch. I’m not jokin’. We’re gonna be the biggest thing. So huge. I know it” and “I don’t wanna come off like an asshole. We’re gonna be that change in music. I have a vision”.

Well, Ronnie and Tom Delonge can’t both be correct, so is this going to be the album to change music? With bold claims like that it has to be good, right? Sorry Ronnie, but I think to make promises like that, you have to do something to differentiate yourself from your faux-hardcore scene contemporaries (although he was ousted from the band shortly after the release of this album).

Great review.
01:02 PM on 01/17/07
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though i disagree with you in the strongest terms, this is a nice review
10:39 AM on 01/22/07
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well theyre my favorite band. i have to say their amazing
01:09 PM on 01/24/07
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This album has a couple good songs, other than that, it's below mediocre.
03:19 AM on 03/10/07
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Wow, i've never even heard any of their albums yet, but judging from this review, they might as well be one of the most dissed bands in all of 2007 in my opinion!
12:45 AM on 11/10/07
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great review
06:21 AM on 12/09/07
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well theyre my favorite band. i have to say their amazing

Haha "hardcore beauty". It really is quite sad to see that a band such as this could be someone's favourite.

Spot on review, this album is faux-hardcore at it's best! haha
12:49 PM on 12/15/07
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It's my favorite band too. It's one of the best albums of 2007, but no one knows about it.

Go read my little review here. Then you can get back to me. =]

http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthre...=174302&page=5
12:56 PM on 12/15/07
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I laugh at this review. Not because its right, its because it sucks.

Hahahahahahaha.

Oh, but The Day I Left The Womb is NOTHING to laugh at. You should at least like THAT song, considering it is acoustic and has a deep meaning behind it. So, I don't give you any respect for that part of the review. You have no heart.

Ronnie is an AMAZING songwriter. You make the album sound like its crap when it is actually good. I think you went to listen to this album with a negative viewpoint anyways. You looked at the guys, thinking "Oh, they spend too much time on their clothes, blah blah blah." Who cares? Maybe they wanna look good too. Be the whole package. They don't look like that all the time, though. In regular pictures of them, they are simply wearing band tees and jeans.

I hate how you're comparing them the My Chemical Romance and From First To Last, because to me they don't sound like each other AT ALL. I don't like either of those bands, but I like Escape The Fate. They don't sound like ANYONE, to me. If they did sound like some sort of band, I'd say the guitars sound like Motley Crue big time.
06:31 AM on 01/24/08
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These guys look like Motley Crue got beat down at Warped Tour.
12:32 PM on 01/27/08
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I laugh at this review. Not because its right, its because it sucks.

Hahahahahahaha.

Oh, but The Day I Left The Womb is NOTHING to laugh at. You should at least like THAT song, considering it is acoustic and has a deep meaning behind it. So, I don't give you any respect for that part of the review. You have no heart.

Ronnie is an AMAZING songwriter. You make the album sound like its crap when it is actually good. I think you went to listen to this album with a negative viewpoint anyways. You looked at the guys, thinking "Oh, they spend too much time on their clothes, blah blah blah." Who cares? Maybe they wanna look good too. Be the whole package. They don't look like that all the time, though. In regular pictures of them, they are simply wearing band tees and jeans.

I hate how you're comparing them the My Chemical Romance and From First To Last, because to me they don't sound like each other AT ALL. I don't like either of those bands, but I like Escape The Fate. They don't sound like ANYONE, to me. If they did sound like some sort of band, I'd say the guitars sound like Motley Crue big time.
Not living the act you put on is worse than putting all the time into it in the first place. That's my point, they are trying to be like their heroes instead of doing their own thing. I would suggest if you disagree with my review then you write one as well. We put up user reviews every week. I would be interested to read it as I am sure the users of this site would. Write it, I'll even go in and approve it. Not a mini one like the one you posted above, a full two page single spaced review with a score and everything.

I agree. Plus Escape the Fate has actually gotten pretty big, despite what the reviewer projected. I seriously doubt whoever wrote this review is nearly as talented as anyone in ETF; let alone a musician at all.
Hahaha, really? I actually AM a musician and play guitar, drums and bass. I think just because you don't agree doesn't mean that no one else agrees with me. I said I found nothing fantastic about this album and I still think so. These guys have NOT gotten that huge. Maybe they are huge to you, but that doesn't generalize to anyone else. My opinion is no better than yours, but it's just that, an opinion. I didn't like it, you do, deal with it.
04:05 PM on 03/13/08
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If I were to be totally honest I'd have to admit that I have a slight *coughmajorcough* love affair going on with escape the fate at the moment, however whether this affair is musically justified is a question I'm not willing to ask myself yet ...

Either way, despite disagreeing with the majority of your points, I can see where you are coming from and basically I just wanted to commend you on what I thought was a pretty damn good review of an album which I'd personally liken to marmite.

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