Coming off of their 2010 release “Geeving,” Toronto, Ontario’s Abandon All Ships follows through with their second release through Rise Records, “Infamous.” This new album definitely has a different feel than “Geeving,” with more emphasis on mixing R&B with metalcore, including guest vocals by rappers. “Geeving” was a guilty pleasure listen for me, as I enjoyed most of the songs on that album, however, that is not the case with “Infamous.” I don’t know how anybody can take this album seriously as a “metal” album, with way over-used auto-tuned vocals, and quite terrible screams. Musically, the songs are structured so randomly, with transitions seeming out of place and odd. The lyrics are laughable at best, with overly vulgar lines and typical shallow R&B lyrics. Take for example the chorus of the first track “Good Old Friend” :
I’d rather walk with you in the darkness of the night,
Than walk alone with no one lit up by the light
I wanna feel you when theirs nothing left inside
Fuck whatever they say girl, this moment feels so right.
Trading meaningful lyrics for catchy R&B choruses is not the way to make a great album. Another gripe I have about this album is the deterioration of screamer Angelo Aita. His screams have gotten progressively WORSE since their debut EP. A producer could at least try and make them sound good, but that’s not even evident on this album. I tried hard to give this album a chance, but it is really laughable at best. The only saving grace on this album is in fact Martin Broda’s clean vocals. Although heavily auto-tuned, they are really the only vocals that sound half way decent. Broda even sheds (most of) his auto-tune in the track “August” which may indeed be the high point of this album. Guitars mainly consist of chugs with the slight exception of a few lead riffs here and there, the best of which is in the track “Brothers For Life.”
I just can’t take this band seriously anymore, and I don’t even know if they do the same for themselves.
Short review: Overly simplified “metalcore” with heavy auto-tuned R&B choruses and sub-par screamed vocals.
Listen to this track: “Brothers For Life”