Written by Guest Contributor Juan Hernandez
While growing up my interest in music always had a blend of Alt-Rock or progressive post hardcore with a metal inspired sound. Bands like P.O.D (Early to mid-00), Story Of The Year, Taking Back Sunday, Of Mice & Men and Blindside are some examples. While not every band mentioned really sound the same, they do have similar dynamics at their core and if you’re familiar with these bands you will understand where Blindwish is positioned. Good Excuses is what a few bigger bands in the Metal/post hardcore scene in recent years have narrowed their sound towards (Of Mice & Men and Bring Me the Horizon to be more specific). Good Excuses is emotionally invested metal music and while not as heavy, carries elements of what made bands like the ones mentioned above so popular. Good Excuses is not as vocally intense as some of the other bands in the genre, but the range that Zack can reach is impressive and allows the band to achieve many sounds that make this album so diverse and fun to listen to. The riffs, drumming, and vocal placement are well produced and well balanced.
Being a fan of John Feldman has no influence on how I felt. Look at his track record and there is no denying he knows what he is doing and this album again demonstrates his ability to constantly produce quality albums. The album’s opener, “After Midnight,” is a big indication of what the album represents overall. It’s a little youthful for my old ass but it revives that 00’s sound that many of us miss in the current scene. However, a few songs in and it sounds like the band gets slightly off path. After really analyzing and hearing the album at least 15 times, I felt that each song on the album is a branch of “After Midnight.” The record gets slightly heavier after the first song, and at the midway point (which is the first acoustic song) slows down and picks up the other half of the album’s tempo, which is slightly more on the mainstream side and it works really well.
I notice that the album carries itself in two sections: the first portion is slightly heavier with their instruments the second is more emotionally driven. “They’re Not Real” is a great transitional piece for the direction of the album heading toward the end. The two acoustic songs remind me of other acoustic songs I’ve heard in the past. While they’re really good, they do have that formulated sound. If you were in the emo/post hardcore scene in the 00’s you can pick out what I mean. Having two acoustic songs doesn’t take away from the experience but it could have gone without at least one of them. “Echo” to me is a great way to wrap up the album, I did not expect the album to end in this spacey, shoegaze like sound. I did wish it drowned out longer because I thoroughly enjoy songs like these. “Echo” captures the emotion of what makes this album interesting and honest. I thoroughly enjoyed Good Excuses; it’s solid, well produced and definitely one of the better albums to be released this year. Check this album out. It’s way better than this review, I promise you.
-Who is this for? This is for those that enjoy a solid Alternative Rock band with the Nu-Metal dynamics with a pinch of emotion that made the 00’s the best.
-Stand out songs? This one is tough; I sincerely enjoyed them all but “Bittersweet,” “Single Word,” “They’re Not Real,” “Tied In Nots,” (favorite song on the album) & “Echo” are prime examples of the dynamics that make this album shine.
-Where can you buy Good Excuse? It’s all over the place from Google music to Spotify. Follow the link to find the album’s hub of all available options. https://riserecords.lnk.to/GoodExcuses