A new brand of hard rock has hit the scene. It's a hybrid of metal, hardcore, punk and 'emo' and it's called From Autumn To Ashes (FATA). Hailing from Long Island, NY, FATA have built a loyal following by playing with a... more » whole host of different bands featuring different styles (Finch, Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Warped Tour). Features 11 tracks including 'The After Dinner Payback' which is also featured on the Freddie vs. Jason soundtrack. Vagrant. 2003.« less
A new brand of hard rock has hit the scene. It's a hybrid of metal, hardcore, punk and 'emo' and it's called From Autumn To Ashes (FATA). Hailing from Long Island, NY, FATA have built a loyal following by playing with a whole host of different bands featuring different styles (Finch, Thursday, Taking Back Sunday, Warped Tour). Features 11 tracks including 'The After Dinner Payback' which is also featured on the Freddie vs. Jason soundtrack. Vagrant. 2003.
"This record is as unique as the last, being a hardcore fan *and* an emo fan myself.1. The After Dinner Payback - 10/10 - Perhaps the hardest and most melodious on the record, combining the two singers exceptionally well...great lyrics too.
2. Lilacs and Lolita - 9/10 - A back and forth between Francis and Ben, which gives them a chance to show off both their talents.
3. No Trivia - 8/10 - Slower, definately, sung completely by Francis, and more emoish, so this song would be more for the emo kids. I like it, but if the guitars were a bit heavier, I'd love it.
4. Miligram Smile - 8/10 - Great lyrics, they're sick: "sew the lips right into your smile" and "everyday I pray for the sadness" but there's room to improve with everything else, it's less melodious.
5. The Second Wrong Makes You Feel Right - 10/10 - excellence, one of my favorites, can't complain at any aspect.
6. Every Reason To - 8/10 - Again with a sort of back and forth with Fran & Ben. The guitars go fast and then slow down, in tune with them, which I like.
7. Autumn's Monologue - 9.5/10 - What can I say? This girl (Melanie Wills) has mad talent, and it shows. When I first heard this song, I couldn't help but to sing along once I got the lyrics down, and the piano adds so much to it.
8. Alive Out Of Habit - 10/10 - Starts out slowly then picks up. Again with the sick but emo lyrics (Identify your patients, XY configurations - I say that I don't need you, but I'm a liar, I swear I do), and great harmony...the "paradox" feeling.
9. All I Taste Is What's Her Name - 9/10 - The emo feel with this one, with the back and forth, but it's not bad at all.
10. The Fiction We Live - 9.5/10 - The response to #7, a real "stop what you're doing, listen, and comprehend" song. it's thoughtful and sweet, but a bit depressive, "deep, deep, deep in the fiction we live..." Sung completely by Fran.
11. I'm The Best At Ruining My Life - 9/10 - Although not quite as good as Short Stories With Tragic Endings, but still worth it. Again, sung completely by Fran. The guitars are in between hardcore and softcore."
Good, but missing something when compared to TBYB
Amber Riippa | 10/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, I'm actually 19, but I can't be bothered creating an account. Now to the album. Fiction We Live is a fairly solid release, but it seems to be too much of an effort to appeal to a mainstream audience. Don't get me wrong, I love the CD, but when compared with Too Bad You're Beautiful, I just feel that this album lacks the energy and pure brutalness of TBYB. That was something that drew me to FATA in the first place. I heard a few songs off TBYB and decided to buy the CD. I loved it. And as soon as FWL came out, I ran out and bought it too. But when I had listened to it...too much emo singing from the second vocalist and not enough of the brutal riffs and screaming from the first. But the female singer from the last track on TBYB returns, and does an even better job on 'Autumns Monologue'. I love her voice, and the song does a good job of bringing you away from the heavier material. All in all, a good, solid release, but if you dislike emo in a big way, you may be disappointed with a lot of the songs."
This Album is Not Made for Everyone.
pelfmon | paris, kentucky USA | 11/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have noticed some negative reviews especially those dissing the band as a failure in the light of their last album. The truth is this band is not trying to recreate the what was done on that album, in fact every song they write comes straight from them and nothing is forced. And this is why not everyone will like this album. When a band does what they want, examples Entombed, Poison the Well, Metallica, Cave In, Bad Religion, Rancid, etc., people always will get disappointed but then again in those same cases the fan base also increases as the band has many facets for many people to enjoy. FATA are an excellent band and when a song of theres is stuck in my head and I haven't even listened to the band in say a week they have something going for them.This album is great album and should be taken for what is and not be compared to the last album or other bands. Good music is good music, and this is excellent music. Listen to a few of their songs, buy the CD, or just go see them live, Whatever you do give this band a chance they deserve it."
Great album... FATA comes out strong again
Gary Kuhlman | Irvine, CA USA | 09/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this album is, from start to finish, simply awesome. I still can't believe how much these guys have taken off, and even though their new label does make them sound more polished (vagrant does that to everyone), they still totally rock out. Only reason i give 4/5 stars is cuz Fran needs to give the mike more to Ben... he's gotta have one of the sickest screams in music today, and to me, that's really what makes FATA shine. While Fran's vocals are cool, there's a billion bands out there that sound like that; more harmonizing or something. All in all definitely worth your $$ though"
Too Bad This Isnt as good as the first one
travis | aberdeen,sd | 09/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"with the follow up to the brillant "Too Bad You're Beautiful" comes the sophmore realse of "the fiction we live" some may call it a sophmore slump and some might say even better than the first. in my view "Too Bad..." was better and much heavier which the hxc fans out there would like more than this new realease. but if youre more of an "emo" kid that likes the core thrown in there this you will like too. Drummer Francis has a few songs that he sings by hiself like "No Trivia" "the fiction we live" and "im best at running my life". Benjis screaming isnt in the songsas much because of this but its still alright. As on the song "Short Storesi With Tragic Endings" from Too Bad... the ladie singer comes back with track 7 "autumns monolague" then track 10 "the fiction we live" is a respnse to "autumns monoluge" both songs are slower and mostly acoustic. The Cd starts off with Benji's screaming again in "the after dinner payback" to get the blood flowing like Too Bad..francis also addes in his sing-screams into the mix.there isnt a song that matches too "short stoires..." on this album but this album is still really good none the less. the hardcore has drowned a little on this album and singing is taking over a lot but still a good buy."