Open Your Mouth for the Speechless...

Open Your Mouth for the Speechless...

by A Life Once Lost
     
 
The full title of this album ends, "In Case of Those Appointed to Die." As a whole, the title makes this sound like it should be the work of yet another of those Canadian post-rock bands spun off from Godspeed You Black Emperor! In an odd sort of way, there's some of that feeling on this album: the songs fade seamlessly

Overview

The full title of this album ends, "In Case of Those Appointed to Die." As a whole, the title makes this sound like it should be the work of yet another of those Canadian post-rock bands spun off from Godspeed You Black Emperor! In an odd sort of way, there's some of that feeling on this album: the songs fade seamlessly into one another, and there are so many dynamic shifts and time signature changeups that it helps to keep an eye on the front of the CD player to know when one ends and the next starts. However, except for a few passages of relative delicacy in linking instrumental tracks like "The Introduction" and "Everything Becomes Still," this is a pulverizing, thrashy metalcore exercise through and through. What's most interesting about the album is the placement of the vocals. Though Robert Meadows' vocal style itself is merely the usual hoarse barking, his vocals are placed so low in the mix that it's not until the fourth track, "Almost Perfect But I Failed," that it's clear that he's singing actual words at all: on much of the album, his vocals sound more like the subhuman cries of a large gorilla. This is neither an insult nor a complaint, incidentally, because the effect adds to the mystery of this ambitious but inscrutable album. [The 2004 reissue of this album, originally released in 2000 in a limited edition, features an improved remix and remastering, all-new artwork, and a trio of bonus tracks, two early demos of songs from this album's follow-up and a more recent live recording.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
Label:
Robotic Empire
UPC:
0790168510229
catalogNumber:
25

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Joan Said Please
  2. This Is What She Calls Home
  3. The Introduction
  4. Almost Perfect But I Failed
  5. Gentle & Elegant
  6. A Falls River Farewell
  7. Everything Becomes Still
  8. Just Before His Crucifixion
  9. Why Do You Make Me Bleed
  10. Prepare Yourself for What Is About to Come
  11. The Tide
  12. The Dead Sea

Disc 2

  1. Blonde Prostitute
  2. As the Palaces Burn
  3. Black Hearts Will Reign
  4. I Don't Give a Shit About Wood I'm Not a Chemist
  5. Fleshengine Breakdown
  6. Crow Quill
  7. Funeral Thirst
  8. The Challenge of Caring
  9. Twenty Years Delayed Abortion
  10. Nihilist
  11. Caliber Defibrillator, A Prototype of Sorts
  12. The White Light
  13. My Fist Your Face
  14. Prepare Yourself for What Is About to Come
  15. Fear My Hatred
  16. The Devouring
  17. Problem Solving Techniques of an Asshole
  18. Hessian Bodyfarm
  19. Forver
  20. Decency Defied
  21. Beautiful Corpses
  22. Patterns in the Ivy II
  23. Not a Word
  24. Punk Rock in the Wrong Hands
  25. No So in Tune With Shells
  26. Bringer of Blood
  27. Outside the Circle
  28. Paint It Black

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Life Once Lost   Primary Artist
Richard Arnold   Bass
T.J. De Blois   Drums
Vadim Taver   Guitar
Bill Sullivan   Keyboards
Robert Meadows   Vocals
Robert Carpenter   Guitar
Nick Frasca   Bass
Justin Graves   Drums
Douglas Sabolick   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Barnes   Composer
Lamb of God   Composer
Premonitions of War   Composer
John Hiltz   Engineer
Black Dahlia Murder   Composer
Vincent Ratti   Engineer
Trevor Strnad   Composer
Fragments of Unbecoming   Composer
From a Second Story Window   Composer
Psyopus   Composer

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