A Day To Remember - For Those Who Have Heart
- Artist: A Day To Remember
- Album: For Those Who Have Heart
- Label: Victory Records
- Year of Release: 2007
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- Reviewed by: andyfromjersey on 2007-07-02
This record is quite literally everything that is wrong with hardcore/screamo/post-hardcore or whatever else your little brother said when you asked him where he got all those Puma sneakers and star tattoos. A Day to Remember is advertised on the front of their debut LP in the same brilliant way all Victory Records products are, which is to say geared toward newbie scenesters who’ve heard a single seminal band in their newly adopted favorite genre, and are looking for more watered down bullshit to satisfy their twelve year old palettes. I believe the exact text on the shrink wrap reads "For fans of [Mediocre fake hardcore band name here], [And here], [And here] who like some pop with their mosh." From the double bass pedal to the faux metal riffs to the singer’s nasal voice followed up by deep growls, every single aspect of this album is a cliché. The faded "varsity" font on the cover that’s intended to look like an old football jersey, the insert featuring photography of the band wearing blazers and khakis to offset their highly unique three inch ear gauges and makeup, and setting of all the pictures (an abandoned school, with everybody holding either chains or bats) do a lot to serve the music industry’s baldly displayed purpose: to steal from children. The first breakdown on the CD occurs precisely twenty six seconds into the first track. There’s even a mid album acoustic track, with piano and singing that almost isn’t annoying.
I’m not being completely fair, though. One or two of the songs are sort of fun, and the second track’s got a chorus that’s downright catchy, even if the first line is "I’m on the edge of the rooftop thinking nobody will ever know," making them officially the only lyrics I could understand, though I’m pretty sure the growling at the end says something to the effect of "I wish you’d die." But then the next track sort of discusses not faltering, or standing of your ground, or moshing, or fighting for your right to party, or something like that. And--I swear to god--I just heard the singer rapping, but only in one song for a single measure. I guess this is what you call variety. At any rate, the band is doing exactly what Victory Records wanted of them (raise money) and the album is, I believe, selling very well. The kids love it. And isn’t that, at the end of the day, the only thing that really matters?
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on 2011-07-25 Deradi_Meritar Said:
Totally agree. ADTR is just more commercial bullshit pumped out by your friends at the big wig scene kid industries.
on 2010-02-21 OriginalityAdvocate Said:
I apologize for the language. Subjects like this get my temper going. Have you guys seen the movie Anvil? I'm not much for them musically, but imagine how those guys would feel seeing pathetic fucks like ADTR getting paid for nothing.
It's one thing to know you're being a douchebag & going with it for the fun of it... But it's another to BE a douchebag & actually think you're unique or worth something.
The only people i've found that like ADTR are children with premature music tastes, stupid girls with dumbass music tastes, or grown men that want similar music tastes as the little girls and boys. Regardless of what anyone says, the facts are there & anyone with eyeballs can put them together.
on 2010-02-21 OriginalityAdvocate Said:
Holy fuck. I've been waiting for years for another person to say something like this. I thought I was the only one! Thank you for this review, & if you need any help telling the less educated the reasons for your opinion: Get ahold of me anytime! I'm sick of the overflow of ignorant consumers. Original, realistically thinking people like us are becoming extinct!
I'm low on energy right now or i'd address every single one of the comments defending these sacks of shit. Let me just keep it short by saying: If you like this band you're an idiot. There were bands that played good versions of this exact genre of music in 2004. Learn more about the world & talent before you kiss the asses of some shitty sub-par copycat band. It's only holding you back from liking music that requires some sort of originality & skill. I've personally helped bands that would blow these guys out of the water in every way years ago, but they eventually turned 20 & grew out of it because they had real lives. These guys are 25 playing music I could've made when I was 18. Suck a dick, ADTR fans. If you talk to ADTR, tell them i'm waiting for them. I'd love to destroy your beloved band in front of your very eyes.
on 2008-05-06 AndyFromJersey Said:
You're right. What's more important in music than screams and drums? Shame on me, somebody who listens to enough music to fancy themselves passionate enough to -omgz!- WRITE about it, not even being a "real listener!" You're right, real listeners (which I can only assume means dedicated, passionate music fans) are always content to sit back and let the record industry pick them up and shake out their pockets. Oh, shit, wait...
And --I regret only that I noticed this as late as I did, since the real listener who wrote this cared about music so much he joined the site only to snipe at a reviewer, never to return-- as for the "Try if You Like..." section... I don't think I even need to dignify this wildly intelligent qualm with a response. No, the names in that list do not necessarily bear any musical resemblance to the band in question (sidenote: they do.). But they are included, because they are, in fact, THERE FOR PEOPLE TO CHECK OUT, IF, INDEED, THEY LIKE THE BAND.
on 2008-04-03 mrad Said:
Aside from their last album, the re-release is so much better. With a new year comes more talent. Better screams, better drums. What else could you ask for? So not only is their album good, but they bring more talent to the table from this genre of music than I've ever seen (or heard). Plus, seeing them live puts you in a different position. A better one, at that.
If you're a real listener, and remember that it's about the MUSIC and not how the band dresses then you'll appreciate the music more. Even if you're a first time listener, you'll realize how hard it is to get ADTR's chants out of your head.
Depending on what you consider "hardcore", you may or may not like this band. I tend to disagree with their TRY IF YOU LIKE! P!atd does not even come close to the same genre, nor talent, as A Day To Remember. UnderOath is much different as well, and so is Job For A Cowboy.
While listening to the cd you must understand their first song is more of an intro song than anything. From their old album, "And Their Name Was Treason" in 2005, "For Those Who Have Heart" welcomes you to their new album, along with new successes. As for the other songs, they're just as a good. While some songs are softer than others, they should be respected just as much.
Funny enough, even smart-asses can agree that this album is selling quite well. I think it'll continue to stay that way.
on 2007-11-28 SolitaryMan Said:
Sounds pretty horrible. Just had to give you some props Andy; very amusing review.