Modern Day Escape - Under The Gun
Record Label: Standby Records
Release Date: March 26, 2012
In 2003, Senses Fail released Let it Enfold You. The album featured a whiny vocalist singing about killing strangers to see their pain, setting his house on fire, and being a pirate over ridiculously high-pitched screams. The album seemed awkward, as f the band didn't really know what they were going for; there are heavier songs- such as "Irony of Dying on Your Birthday" and "Cute When You Scream"- and poppier songs- like "NJ Falls into the Atlantic"- and pseudo ballads ("Slowdance"). Now Modern Day escape releases Under the Gun.
MDE is a five-piece band from Orlando, Florida. They are James Vegas (vocals), Sandra Alva (formerly of Black Veil Brides on drums), Shep (bass), and Mark Burn and Marti Rubels (both guitar). They formed in 2006 and released a selftitled extended play in 2008, with their debut full length House of Rats appearing three years later. This is their second release.
Similarly to Let it Enfold You, this album has many different types of songs. There is the single, "The Syndicate," which has the catchiest chorus on the album, the obligatory ballad "Voiceless," and the metalcore-ish "Demons Down Below." Aforementioned "Voiceless," the slowest and quietest song on the album, doesn't much fit, sandwiched between the poppy "The Syndicate" and the heavy "Feeds on the Dark Side." Vegas' voice does sound similar to Balance & Composure's Jon Simmons at the beginning of the track though, which is not a bad thing. "Angels Up Above" is the album's lovesong. Despite that, the screaming does not let up at all, as growls during the verses echoes the clean vocals, reminding me somewhat of Hawthorne Heights' earlier material. Bad thing. Speaking of the screams, they are extremely obnoxious and unintelligible.
Breakdowns are abundant here. As a matter of fact, the album begins with a breakdown. So does the next song. Actually, half the songs on this album feature breakdowns. MDE likes breakdowns.
Their lyrics aren't so great either. The title track, while infectious, has some of the worst lyrics on the album. Vegas sings, "If We're gonna die/ we might as well commit a crime/ hot headed/ hate driven/ had too much to drink/ keep revving the engines." The song "Tiger's Blood," perhaps as you could surmise from the title, is about Charlie Sheen and how his "soul is made for wining." However, none of this is nearly as bad as "Feeds on the Dark Side." Honestly, these are the second worst (after Issues' "King of Armarillo" or whatever the hell it's called) lyrics I've heard this whole year. I'm not even going to type them out. The lyrics read like a Nickelback song. Seriously. At least there's nothing about pushing his girlfriend off a building.