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From This Day - Proverbs Of Ashes - 2006 - Melee Records

Track Listing
1. I Thought I Knew You
2. Lost In Ourselves
3. Blood Is Screaming
4. The Torrents Of Perdition
5. Running Red
6. Six Lives Left
7. Of Cold Breath
8. Fata Morgana
9. Jaws Forced Wide Open
10. The End
Buffalo, New York's From This Day explode onto the metalcore scene with their scorching debut album "Proverbs Of Ashes". Fans of today's wall of sound extraordinaire should find plenty to like here within these ashes, with From This Day really cutting edge and sounding fresh among the hordes and hordes of "by the boards" bands. This is indeed a strong album filled with the most sinister and malevolent guitar riffs, all neatly wrapped up in extraordinary production values. The band was formed in 2004, playing shows with the likes of Black Dahlia Murder and Cannibal Corpse before cutting their first EP in 2005. After numerous shows and gaining a large fan following the band have released their debut album. Produced by Doug White (Psyopus, Kalibas, It Dies Today, Everytime I Die, Earth Crisis) at Watchmen Studios, "Proverbs Of Ashes" is one monumental offering, a slam bang whipping post of huge stomp riffs, twin guitar melody, and harsh low end vocals. These youngsters are extremely tight and precise in their presentation, really combining all of their elements into that much needed "wall of sound" vibe. My favorite aspect of the band is the fantastic melodic parts each song is built on, clearly evident on album highlight "Of Cold Breath". Drummer Allen Malkiewic deserves an honorable mention here, really displaying raw and unbridled talent behind the kit with his fills and monster blast beats.

Bottom Line - In a perfect world this will land in many top 5 lists within the metal/hardcore circles. For fans of Sworn Enemy, The Abscence, and The Classic Struggle.



--EC 03.07.06
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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