Rarely have I been more wrong.
To be completely honest, I would have fallen in love with this album for the guitar tone alone. It’s all wrapped up in reverb and feedback, with the chops to match. This album offers up some of the best post-hardcore riffs ever (see: the intro to”In the Morning and Amazing”).
And despite the Tim Burtonesque cover art that seems tailor made for a shelf on Hot Topic, the music is much more sophisticated than anything you’d call “mallcore.” Even though they’ve operated mostly within the post-hardcore scene, they have a progressive streak that hits closer to The Mars Volta than Thursday. Which isn’t to say there isn’t any hardcore fury on here. There are even a few breakdowns, but they aren’t excuses for dudes in tight pants to mosh.
So if you’ll excuse me, I have ten years of obsessing over this record to make up for.