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Escape The Fate – Ungrateful

Becci Stanley


Three years after the first album featuring new, controversial vocalist Craig Mabbit, This War Is Ours created an audible storm with sexy and sleek chords intertwined with visceral and piercing vocals and smashes of drums; forging a direct path into the forefront of their respective genre, and gently sliding them into the mainstream market once more.

Title track, and opener Ungrateful starts the album with an oomph, displaying a punk edge not previously seen in detail by the quartet with guitars screaming to the tone of Mabbit’s harsh yet misery-ridden gutturals. They’re slightly off tone but weirdly work, they set your hairs on edge before transforming into something beautiful in the form of their effortless melody, voice and technology, joining as one to create a tidal wave of technicality and a force to be matched by anyone.

This flows into Until We Die, a supremely catchy song despite the chugging of guitars and drums to begin the song making it seem like a regimental ode. It’s very reminiscent of Ten Miles Wide, a single off aforementioned debut album, its motivational lyrics are not in your face, this is a song you have to deconstruct adding depth and passion to the song, as its inner meaning is hidden beneath their usual blasé “FU” cock-rock attitude, showing maturity within the bands song writing and musical technique which is more than welcome, especially judging by the epic guitar solo demonstrated in this song, it had even a prim girl such as myself ever concerned with my hair thrashing to and fro.

Live Fast, Die Beautiful and Forget About Me peak quickly with rising and falling use of synth, atmospheric orchestral vocals and spine-tingle macabre guitar use, reminiscent of classic Hammer Horror films. Their intricately vibrant in their choruses and energizing, it is incredibly hard not to find yourself moving to every single track in this album. Second single You’re Insane dives into a metal feel, its gritty and hard from the off, a song to gurn and charge around to with destructive and angstridden lyrics bound to ignite many rooms with blind fury and shaking hips when recited live.

Ending the album on a high, though slightly quick and anti-climactic end, Risk It All and One For The Money are beautifully well-developed musically, but slightly lacking in substance via lyrics and differentiality with its tempo. They could be seen as boring and slow going for a send off of an album, but impressive nonetheless and deserving of all praise given, all listens and all fans gained from such a solid release.

I have never been a huge fan of Escape The Fate, they have always fell by the wayside to me, but this album has me totally converted; it is a solid, sophisticated and smooth release with a rough around the edges attitude that goes hand in hand with ETF’s image, I wish them all the best for future releases; they have a lot to top.