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Escape the Fates very first album, and the only album featuring Ronnie Radke as lead vocalist. Although this was their first album, they certainly hit the music scene and got everyone's attention! It was first released in 2006, and 6 years later I am still loving this album!
Unfortunately, from this album, only 2 songs were ever released, these being 'Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché" & "Situations". The reasoning behind this was because Ronnie Radke was put in prison, leaving Escape the Fate to be left without a vocalist (Ronnie was later replaced by Craig Mabbitt).
The band members present for this album were: Ronnie Radke (lead vocals), Max Green (bassist, backing vocals), Bryan 'Monte' Money (lead guitar), Omar Espinosa (backing guitar) & Robert Ortiz (drummer).
1. The Webs We Weave
Starting the album with a hard, yet at the same time, soft entrance, Escape the Fate really make your ears perk up and make you want to listen. When Ronnie's vocals kick in, they're like nothing you've heard before. They have a certain uniqueness which makes me want to listen to his voice all day (& there are many times I've had this album on repeat!). It has an awesome guitar riff in from Monte, who shows how talented he really is so early on in the album. I love how they mix the screamo with the melodic vocals and it really makes this song something.
2. When I Go Out, I Want to Go Out on a Chariot of Fire
A slower start to the song now, but still as effective. The song, admittedly not my favourite off the album, it still is a great song, the meaning behind it makes the song all that more powerful. One thing that a lot of people may not realise is that this song has reference to Edgar Allen Poe "Your heart beats under the floor" a line in this song, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" . I also think that this song sums up the bands name, it's primarily about fate, and that it's meant to happen and you cannot escape it.
One of my favourite songs on the album now. This song was the second to be released as a single from the album, and you can definitely see why. It has a dramatic start to the song that makes you want to keep listening. This song has quite a obvious message to it, it's about the girls, the flirting and the one-night stands. It's catchy and I can guarantee the chorus will be going round in your head for ages! This is one of the songs that doesn't require Ronnie's screamo edge, it's a great song on it's on.
4. The Guillotine
A heavier start to the song now, and after the brief melodic vocals it goes straight into the screamo. This song makes Escape the Fate sound completely different to any other songs on the album, the only way you know it is Escape the Fate is Ronnie's unique vocals. This song is about a battle (Escape the Fates second album "This War Is Ours" has "The Guillotine Pt 2", strongly referenced on the battle between Ronnie & Craig), although it's not clear why, although the lyrics "We fight to live, we fight for proud" leaves me to think that they're fighting for what they believe in, and to not conform.
5. Reverse This Curse
I personally love this song, the build up to it makes it intense. Although this song sounds happy and upbeat, it has quite a sad and dark meaning behind. The lyrics "A deadly wish but it should have come sooner. A corpse and a funeral that I will never attend" it feels like it is trying to say that Ronnie was in love with a girl (possibly while in prison, as he couldn't attend) but she took her life. Lyrics that make me believe it was possibly suicide "Now I see you've got something to prove, and nothing to lose, so let me tell you the truth". I love this song, and I like how they've made it upbeat, even though it's pretty morbid.
6. Cellar Door
A relatively different start to a song, and Ronnie's vocals yet again sound different, it's a more mellow song, and has chilling guitar from Monte. You can tell that this song is sad, just from the start, it's completely different to any of the other songs on this album so far. I do think that this song is somehow linked in to "Reverse This Curse", it is still about death, yet it doesn't have the same endearment, I shall not mention some of the lyrics as they could be offensive, but it's a good song that really gets you thinking when you truly listen!
7. There's No Sympathy for the Dead
For a second you think that you've been listening to a different album before this, but then you realise the typical Ronnie voice, and the scream which Escape the Fate do so well. A upbeat song, and has some awesome guitar and drums. Although this song isn't really that great, it's still good and they still manage to keep you listening.
8. My Apocalypse
I love the beginning of this song, the guitar is soothing, and Ronnie's voice matches. It's kind of deceiving as you really don't expect the song to get heavy, but it soon does. With lyrics like "Don't fall asleep, you won't wake up" & "I walk with shadows" makes me think that this is about one of Ronnie's experiences on drugs, which is quite freely admits to in many interviews, and I think that this song semi-portrays what he went through.
9. Friends and Alibis
Again, not one of my favourite songs, it's good, but nowhere near as gripping as previous songs on the album. As the title suggests, the song is about friends, and I think that this song is trying to say how hard it is to have friends whilst under the influence of drugs, with lyrics like "I just keep feeding my addiction" and "You were the ones that stood by side, and I was the one that fought all of your fights". These lyrics also indicate how friends can soon turn in to ex-friends, through Ronnie's actions maybe? I'm disappointed as this song had such great potential, but it's rather boring.
10. Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché
I love this song, and with it being the first song released from the album, you soon realise why. Not only is it a catchy song, but it is also such a great song to start your band off with. "Sitting in this room playing Russian Roulette" & "This blood on my hands is something I cannot forget" suggests a couple of things, you would think that the blood on his hands indicates he killed the "Dear Juliet", however the mention of Russian Roulette could indicate that he felt guilty/responsible for someone dying yet was not in fact the reason why? There's a lot to read into this song, yet I still love it, and I could listen to it over and over and never get bored!
11. The Day I Left the Womb
Finishing the album off with an acoustic track, it makes Ronnie's vocals sound raw and different, yet still as great as they have throughout the whole album. I think the title is quite explanatory for this song, it indicates his birth, and throughout the song it explains his family. It indicates that his mother left his brother and him at a young age "The boys you left are men you didn't raise", "And daddy, how are you today? You must be proud of the boys that you have raised". I love this song, I think it's the first song (with Ronnie's vocals and the acoustic) that Ronnie has fully expressed his emotions, and it works. Such a great way to end the album.
With a total running time of 43minutes and 21seconds, this album really sets a high benchmark for Escape the Fate, especially with having to battle for popularity with a new singer coming on the scene. It is an impressive first album, and I can listen to it over and over. Ronnie's vocals never get boring, and he has such a unique sounding voice that it's worth listening to!