AlbumsNovember 29, 20117,795 views

Saving Throw We’re Never on Good Terms With the Light

1. He Who Dies 2. Snake’s Way 3. Identity Vs. Confusion
2002 Blatherskyte Records
Our score 7


Have you ever heard a band and ended up liking them for no good reason A band that has no discernible features that logically make them awesome, but for some unknown reason, they still manage to pump your nads This phenomenon occurred when I popped the Saving Throw "We’re Never on Good Terms With the Light" EP into my computer. When the EP started, I heard that ever so popular hardcore/emo crossover style that usually drives me to shove shit into my ears, providing a barrier preventing the horrible noise from permanently damaging my nerves. Alas, when Saving Throw emanated from my iMac, I wasn’t overcome with the violent urge to stop the musical insanity. I didn’t feel as though I was doing my best to weather a storm of audio vomit in order to appease Lambgoat. I was actually pleased with what I had to review. "We’re Never on Good Terms With the Light" is a three song EP.The short and sweet delivery is part of the reason why I enjoyed this record so much. It didn’t bore me and it left me wanting more. Full-lengths often have too many filler songs that end up reflecting poorly on the band. All of you bands out there with songs that are longer than three minutes, follow Saving Throw’s good example of keeping shit short and put out EPs instead of full-lengths. Saving Throw does an amazing job blending heaviness with melody on this EP. Musically, their stuff is akin to Hopesfall if Hopesfall were pissed and at times they remind me of Shai Hulud, but without the slight cheese factor. Saving Throw keep things pretty heavy and in your face, without the stereotypical quiet, singing parts that so many bands of this genre are overusing and abusing. Lots of melodic mid-tempo parts in here, and even a few moshable breakdowns thrown in for good measure. Nothing groundbreaking or shocking so to speak, but definitely solid and effective, which is a lot more than I can say for the majority of their peers. Kevin, singer of Saving Throw, has got a solid scream. Imagine Keith Barney-era Throwdown blended with Chad Gilbert-era Shai Hulud; sort of high and raspy, with the lyrics still being decipherable without having to follow a lyric sheet. Lyrically, Kevin is touching upon personal issues and keeping things relatively poetic and metaphoric, and actually writes some decent stuff. He definitely screams "I won’t rest until you’re dead" in "He Who Dies" like he means it. That’s pretty fucking heavy if you ask me. Bottom Line: Saving Throw delivers a solid EP of heavy, yet melodic hardcore. Hints of "nu-emo" are present, but are executed well. No tone-deaf frontmen or drummers attempting to sing, just a solid scream.Definitely a release worth picking up. I’m willing to bet that these dudes totally wail live. The bar has definitely been raised for the rest of you hokey emo crossover bands with hopes of playing the Volcom stage at this year’s Warped Tour. These guys are legit.


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