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It Dies Today The Caitiff Choir

01. My Promise 02. Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads 03. The Radiance 04. The Depravity Waltz 05. A Threnody for Modern Romance 06. Marigold 07. Freak Gasoline Fight Accident 08. The Caitiff Choir: Revelations 09. Our Disintegration 10. Naenia 11. The Caitiff Choir: Defeatism
2004 Trustkill Records
Our score 8


Few bands of the metalcore genre, otherwise known as the 'New Breed of Heavy Music,' have sparked my interest in the past couple years. Bands like Bleeding Through and their eerie atmospheric take on punishing hardcore, and Killswitch Engage with their catchy hooks yet intense delivery, are a few of the bands that still keep me wanting more of this genre before it goes away. One of the bands that has since their inception is Buffalo's It Dies Today. This band has previously released an EP on Life Sentence Records and after extensive US touring, the band got picked up by the hardcore graveyard known as Trustkill. Although a certain commercial appeal is easily heard upon making it past the opening track, "My Promise," there are still more than enough chances to crush your fellow core alumni throughout this record. There are also more than enough chances to shed a tear, or raise your lit cigarette lighter/cell phone, or whichever comes first. Songs like "Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads" explore a lyrical approach that could easily find it's way onto any Bleeding Through album or Remembering Never's "She Looks So Good In Red." Describing the darker aspects of humanity is a trait that listeners have come to expect from It Dies Today. You can literally feel the weight "Freak Gasoline Fight Accident," which has become a crowd favorite in the two+ years since it's been written and played live. The most notable change is the addtion of medodic hooks and powerful choruses into brutal and punishing sound. "A Threnody for Modern Romance" is also the band's first single, a prime example of the band sticking to their punishing roots, but incorporates almost Hoobastank-esque hooks with melodic vocals that would put even the drummer of Atreyu to shame. I think the track "Naenia" would've made a better single, but that’s just me. Seriously though, the way the music industry has shifted recently into actually accepting what was at least once considered in my mind as "good" music, It Dies Today should be able to ride this new wave all the way to the mainstream (or at least onto one of the stages at next year's OzzFest). I was very excited to hear this record. I will be honest, I knew that it was going to be more melodic because that's just the nature of Trustkill's roster these days, an the scene to some extent. You have to have something that could be deemed as single worthy (unless you're Nora or have ex-members of some hardcore heavyweight) in order for this label to even look at you cross-eyed. But, I’m not going to fault them for that. This record kills inside and out all the way down to the stunning layout. There is something for everyone here. Any fans of Bleeding Through, Eighteen Visions or Remembering Never will instantly in love with It Dies Today and many more will too. Bottom Line: Trustkill, as un-hardcore as they've become, know what they are doing. They have a framework of what they are looking for in bands. It also doesn't hurt that they have Sony's money to help them secure a solid roster of bands either. But at any rate, this is the best Trustkill release since Harvest's "Living With A God Complex." I’ve already listened to it easily 20 times in just the 3 days that I've had it in my possession and I can't imagine a day without it in constant rotation. It's one of those records. I'm not saying that this record is for everyone because it's not. No record is. But, if you like any of the aforementioned bands, you will not be disappointed.


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agent_friday_ 10/8/2004 3:47:30 PM

no gay just pee.

rob_mcfeters_ 10/8/2004 3:51:48 PM


chineese_spoons_ 10/8/2004 4:00:50 PM

i like this cd.

mikecole_ 10/8/2004 4:04:01 PM

i read the second sentence and stopped. two problems with lambgoat reviews. poor taste and too many 8 ratings. its a scale of 1-10. why dont we see albums getting 1s and 5s. this album definitely deserves nothing more than a 5. yet its on the same level as something like hot cross that got a 9. i think the reviewers need to all have a certain criteria to base when giving a cd a number rating. let them spew out all their shitty opinions but lets have some consistency in the score atleast.

alex_ 10/8/2004 4:08:46 PM

i actually agree

Mr Fun_ 10/8/2004 4:28:08 PM

Sure this isn't Underooath - They're Only Chasing Safety?

LxD_ 10/8/2004 4:49:31 PM

f*ck that band, watered down emo/metal, sounds like atreyu...

bertron_ 10/8/2004 4:57:56 PM

you're kidding . . . right?

achilous_ 10/8/2004 5:39:06 PM

This was one of the worst reviews lambgoat has offered.

Ohhhhh_ 10/8/2004 8:33:42 PM

i haven't heard this disc, but only read the review and heard friends say it's good. but i assure you every comment so far is retarded. okay here's an idea, read the review and either agree or disagree, if you can't form your own opinion w/real facts, don't reply, if you can, go crazy and reply. but most of you are just plain retarded and i'd personally block you from commenting because NOTHING you say is relevant to the disc or the review. "this sux" just doesn't work.

achilous_ 10/8/2004 8:40:18 PM

You just said that you shouldnt reply unless you have something to say about the album or the review. But a majority of your comment consisted of bitching towards people who use short replies geared towards making fun of the reviewer. You totally contradicted yourself you dumb sucker. This album is a piece of garbage.

asdf_ 10/8/2004 9:51:06 PM

I clicked the page and saw an 8 and immediately clicked the back button. Who the f*ck are the people reviewing this shit? You cant just let random hipster f*cks review on lambgoat. jesus.

retch_ 10/8/2004 11:57:11 PM

old idt > new idt

willxcore_ 10/9/2004 10:57:52 AM

ok, first off the fact that there were grammatical and spelling errors in the review, it was very mediocre and could have been a review for most any other metalcore releases anyway. Besides the fact that the reviewer seemed to know a little of It Dies Todays history. This CD is good, and from a longtime fan of IDT, that's saying a lot because it doesn't live up to my expectations whatsoever. 8's all around on the Lambgoat review board, I agree.. this definitely was only worth a 7 if not a 6, onl

willxcore_ 10/9/2004 10:58:52 AM

P.S. The Radiance is by far the f*ckin worst song on this CD. Horrible song.

dumb review_ 10/9/2004 4:23:04 PM

shitty band. shitty reviewer. One person's say isnt shittt especially after reading this. this band blows a c-ck and balls. good review, sike.

anonymous 10/9/2004 4:53:12 PM

oh shut the f*ck up

jwcp_ 10/9/2004 8:01:11 PM

"with melodic vocals that would put even the drummer of Atreyu to shame" a person with down syndrome singing would put the drummer of atreyu to shame

XswingawaymerrillX_ 10/10/2004 9:47:13 AM

The first song on this album is the best song I have ever heard. The breakdown lasts 20 years and its so offtime I cant even follow it. This album is a lot more singy than the last one, but its still pretty damn good.

JerryXBurningPosiesX_ 10/10/2004 2:13:54 PM

yeah you're review sucked, idt doesnt sound like either band, i had a much longer comment but it wouldnt let me post...f*cking lambgoathellgay

anonymous 10/10/2004 9:43:40 PM

Are you a dumb ass? The first breakdown on the CD isn't off time at all. Its a good breakdown, but seriously, I think someone who knows nothing about time signatures could figure that one out. I was very suprised to see this record got an 8. Its mediocre at best. ITD took a big step back from their Forever Scorned EP. I hate the singing on nearly ever track of this record. It all sounds the same. I was just expecting something better I guess. I'd give this CD a 5 at best.

Cop Killer_ 10/10/2004 10:24:30 PM

Ok, IDT used to be good and they had plenty of potential but once they got signed they went down to the bottom. It is too bad since I couldn't wait to hear their follow up to their EP. Once I saw that they were signed to Trustshit I lost all hope. Too bad, the EP was awesome.

malcolm_ 10/11/2004 12:46:45 AM


anonymous 10/11/2004 10:10:59 AM

There is parts when they go off time during the first song, listen more carefully next time. This cd is so good.

rob tcp_ 10/11/2004 2:42:08 PM

the cd was alright...kinda boring at times...seemed like they were trying too hard to be heavy at times

PIG_DESTROYER_ 10/12/2004 1:30:52 AM

"The first song on this album is the best song I have ever heard. The breakdown lasts 20 years and its so offtime I cant even follow it." YES. a decent album but they should stop trying to be famous. i liked it a whole lot less when i listened to the EP a few days later

nevermindthatshit_ 10/12/2004 5:11:19 PM

shit review, shit band

robotplague_ 10/12/2004 5:27:20 PM

reading this review was painful, i couldnt tell at times if he was joking or not...but sadly i guess he wasnt. oh well, very mediocre band, i cant believe it got an 8.

Tone dick_ 10/14/2004 8:57:37 PM

i haven't heard that cd but there from trustkill records so im sure there a pretty hardcore band

matt_ 10/16/2004 2:54:26 AM

seriously, it seems like 90% of you lambgoat readers think youre tough just because you bash on well produced melodic metalcore albums... This album deserves it's rating, its a great cd and you just cant get around that... why dont you jerks stop reading these reviews and just listen to Champion, Terror, or whatever bullshit you can't seem to get over.

anonymous 10/17/2004 5:52:57 PM

The fact that you kids bash this new album because the EP was great show that you're f*cking retarded. The EP was mediocre at best, every song had a f*cking generic ass breakdown. At least this album shows songwriting talent without trying to cater to the braindead mosh group. f*ck you guys. This isn't the best disc ever but it's not as bad as you claim it is.

blackest incarnation_ 10/19/2004 10:44:10 PM

f*ck all u stupid f*cks. this cd is f*ckin brutal, end of story. top 5 cd of the year

drew_ 10/24/2004 12:11:30 PM

this is a horrible album and your reviewer should be shot.

knell on nails _ 11/1/2004 6:36:15 AM

this site sucks!!!!!!!!!!!idt is good pls..stopdissing!!!!possers!!better visit here in the philipines my band will show you what is the meaning of rock!!!all people that discriminating new bands emo or other genre all of you sucks!!!possers!!

kneel on nails_ 11/1/2004 6:38:53 AM

stop dissing!!possers!!!the reviewer is a 100%posser..trying to in but this guy doesnt know what he's saying!!!suck!suck!suck!

yourcityliesindust_ 12/8/2004 8:10:20 PM

And now, for an adult response: I was very surprised when I heard this record, it is most definitely a dramatic departure from their EP. However I don't feel this is necessarily a bad thing. The songs are insanely catchy and the sung vocals are pulled off rather well.

Life to Lifeless_ 2/16/2005 7:07:02 PM

I don't care what any of you LG retards say, this is a good cd and I'm happy I picked it up.

Mixhail_ 5/2/2005 9:17:01 PM

Id probably have given this cd a 7 since its just above average... but the last song on here is freaking AMAZING. it pretty much saves the entire album.

Jon_ 8/12/2005 1:49:14 PM

This cd was so horrible!!! I wish I never bought it!!

your bassist_ 10/14/2005 1:20:31 AM

Another west-coast metal band. Sloppy playing, terrible production, terrible breakdowns. But hey, they're on trustkill and the 14 year old kids like it....

Jack_ 10/28/2005 9:25:08 PM

ok. first, the band does put out about one or two good songs PER ALBUM like marigold and the not saying those two because i like them persay, but the band sems to have a natural affinity to those softer sounds. The band can really go places with that kind of music....even though its a place i wouldnt want to go to

anonymous 1/10/2006 6:10:00 PM

this cd is okay ... their old stuff is soo much better ..... man f*ck TRUSTKILL !!!!! .they always change bands for the worst... look at the new terror cd , or the new bleeding through cd .... ahhhh, this lable gots to go ....

throwbreedengage10_ 12/17/2006 9:59:39 PM

great cd 9/10 bad ass metalcore and good rock shit theses guys have stripped down brutal metalcore sound that metalcore should sound like and then they have f*cking good melodic shit that is meaninig full theses guys r good 9/10, as u know they have a new cd out for a month or two will im typing this shit thi site should do sum f*cking updating its really f*cking boring they have no new shit.

RyanATF_ 2/9/2007 10:29:17 AM

Forever Scorned is way way way better. This one just has a funny song title from Zoolander, other than that-Garbage.

givemeabreak_ 3/18/2008 10:29:28 AM

your putting this album up against the likes of Harvest? Give me a f*cking break