As I thumbed through the albums I reviewed this summer, I found that every one has been the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. That being said, here’s another one for you. California hardcore outfit Confide has returned with their comeback album All Is Calm. I’d been looking forward to this record for some time. I wasn’t Recover’s biggest fan but Shout the Truth holds a special place in my heart. So how did their crowd-funded album do? It pains me to say it, but it is their worst work to date.
The album gets off to a good start with “Rise Up,” a decent ride through the sounds fans have come to expect. It made me pretty hopeful for the rest of the album, though hopes don’t spring eternal with this one.
From here on out, you descend into a patch of songs that are at best “meh” and at worst, you’ll find yourself double-checking your media player to make sure that you are still in fact listening to Confide. In the next couple of tracks you hear some rather choppy clean vocals but they have a fairly decent sound all around.
Then you make your way to “I Won’t Let You Go.” The first part of this song you have heard before – endlessly. It made me check and make sure that I was listening to Confide and not something off of Bring Me the Horizon’s sophomore album. Then it hits you with some programming and high notes so cringe-worthy it could turn any hangover into a living hell. Expect similar treatment from “Unhappy Together, Unhappy Alone” as well. However, things do brighten up a bit with the interlude “Give Me a Voice,” a softer, programming-laden number that’s actually pretty cool. It’s rather reminiscent of Sonny Moore’s pre-Skrillex work.
Things pick up a bit from here, but just a bit. Songs from here carry some of the synths heard in the interlude at random parts, but not always to success. Its usage at the end of “Livin’ the Dream” is a positive example, however the upward climb stops dead at “Time After Time.” You’ve not only heard the riffs before, but you’ve heard them before on this album! The album ends with its best track “Do You Believe Me Now?” The closer features some of that old Confide sound with some programming and a cool outro that employs the synths well.
Overall, All Is Calm is a profound disappointment. It’s rife with choppy clean vocals and overused and often generic sounds. It does have a couple of decent tunes on it, but “decent” is as far as they go. It’s not a horrible album but it is far from good; it’s a shame because I was really pulling for them. Better luck next time, I suppose. I’d love to see these guys get back to where they were. If you’re a fan, check out “Rise up” and “Do You Believe Me Now?”