A Love Ends Suicide

In The Disaster

In The Disaster


Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 09/10/2006

This is what Brian Posehn was talking about

There's nothing quite like the disappointment of hearing the first two minutes of the opening track of an album and having a clear idea of what's in store for the remainder without having to punch the skip button to completely be certain. But that's the exact impression I got when I put on A Love Ends Suicide's debut outing for Metal Blade Records. Founded back in 2004 in California, A Love Ends Suicide (Who comprise of vocalist John Cairoli, guitarists Oscar Cairoli and Matt Garcia, bassist/backing vocalist/keyboardist Emir Abdo and drummer Andres Abdo) quickly cultivated a following with their independently released E.P. of the same year, before broadening the name in the scene after hooking up with Brand Name Records for their debut full length effort The Cycle Of Hope in 2005.

The album made quite an impression, and none more so than on As I Lay Dying front man Tim Lambesis, who personally chose the band to launch his Metal Blade Records offshoot label High Impact Recordings. Adhering closely to the formula of metallic sounding hardcore that's worked well for acts such as All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Bleeding Through, Darkest Hour and the likes, A Love Ends Suicide pump out eleven tracks (Eight of which originally appeared previously on The Cycle Of Hope) that boast a strong Swedish melodic death metal influence, numerous breakdowns and the familiar dual vocal deliveries (The aggressive and the clean styles are constantly switching back and forth). But as appealing as A Love Ends Suicide sound, In The Disaster sadly lacks anything new or innovative, and inevitably sounds too much like a lot of other albums currently doing the rounds in the metalcore scene.

Compared to the versions that originally appeared on The Cycle Of Hope, the songs on In The Disaster are a little heavier and fuller sounding (With the opener Cold Summer, Another Revolution and Skate Junction (Shortened from its original title of W.T.F. Happened To Skate Junction) standing out as the strongest), while the title track In The Disaster and Amadeus (With some cool blasts and a shredding solo) are the pick of the genuinely new songs from the band.

In the end, the only thing saving A Love Ends Suicide's sophomore effort from disappearing without a trace is the fact that it's released through Lambesis' High Impact Recordings, and the promotional push from Metal Blade Records. This is metalcore strictly by the numbers.

(High Impact Recordings/Metal Blade Records/Stomp Records Distribution)

In The Disaster

Reviewed By Justin Donnelly
Published 09/10/2006