Escape the Fate made us wait a little longer than expected with "Chemical Warfare". I don't mean the time since their last release. It’s only been about 2 years since "I Am Human" was unleashed upon us. I mean the delay. This was originally due out in February but when I went to see if my pre-order was shipped yet, I saw it got pushed back until April 16th. We needed something like this to heat up that long, cold winter.
Including the newest video, "Lightning Strike" debuting on the date of the album release, we have already heard 5 of the 12 songs that Escape the Fate have brought us. That should give you a pretty good feel for the overall sound and tone they were going for with this release. We kick off this record with the new single "Lightning Strike". Getting you in the mood and ready to set the tone for the rest of the record taking the world by storm!
"Invincible" is an unlikely collaboration with Lindsey Stirling. When I first heard about this, I was intrigued. You wouldn't think the 2 very different sounds would mesh well together. But it works. However, I think one reason it works is Lindsey was a little under-utilized. Her violin is buried under most of the mix until the end. Normally I hate remixes but can we get a remix of this where her playing is brought up more? It would be interesting to have a violin and vocal only version of the song. Is that too much to ask? (Yeah, it probably is.)
Melanie - OMG I LOVE Lindsey Sterling!!!
"Unbreakable" starts with the "Rocky" theme for a few seconds. (HUH?) At least thats what it sounds like to me. Very reminiscent of the iconic theme. "Not My Problem" has some guest drumming by Blink 182's Travis Barker. We can add another "hate song" to the list with "My Gravity" with the lines--
"You keep pullin' me down to your level
You're my gravity
You keep holdin' me down like the devil
You're my gravity
In hell for eternity
You're the magnet, I'm the steel
You keep pullin' me down to your level"
And "Burn the Bridges" isn't far behind, with a little surprise intro that ventures into a new genre for them--
"Your light is fadin'
You really thought you could escape
Your lies keep weighin'
And I just hope you choke on what you say"
Damn harsh, but I love it! Lastly we have "Walk On" from the "Sno Babies" soundtrack. We got our first listen to this a few months ago. Since it was for the movie, I wasn't even sure if it would end up making the final cut of the CD. Everyone struggles and it can give you the push you need to make it through.
"Walk on till you see the light of day
Walk on till the darkness goes away
Everybody feels alone sometimes
Walk on when you're going through hell, keep going
Walk on till your broken heart's unbroken
Everybody feels alone sometimes"
ETF gives us 12 songs but sometimes they can run a little short in length. Half the songs are falling under the 3 minute or just barely over. The whole thing only coming in a little over 38 minutes. There are always extra songs laying around. I think they could have thrown a couple extra ones on here. There is at least one, "Christmas Song", that was on a holiday compilation that they decided not to include on this release. C'mon, guys! You have it finished already. Throw it on here! Maybe in the next couple weeks, we can search YouTube for some bonus tracks from the Japanese release like they did "I Am Human". The bonus tracks there ended being some of the better songs on the record.
DAVE - Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
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