Extreme throwback for an album that should have been completed years ago, but somehow was over looked by mistake. Escape The Fate's second album, This War Is Ours came out on October 21, 2008, and was the first one to feature Craig Mabbitt as the singer.
It did fairly well on charts, as it sold 13,000 copies within its first week alone and debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200. It also broke the top fifty on five other charts here in the US, and in Australia.
The first album came out on September 16, 2008 -which fun fact, is exactly three years before Immortal Music began- and was "The Flood."
I'm not gonna lie to you guys, I've listened to this album countless times over the years. I discovered Escape The Fate when this album came out, so I know every song on this album very well. I must say, my favorites on this album are the singles. Those songs are "The Flood", as I just mentioned, "Something", and "10 Miles Wide."
"Something" is just beautiful, and kind of bittersweet because its about wanting someone who once loved you but now wants someone else. "And now you wish that you meant something. And now you wish that you meant something to somebody else. And now you wish that you met someone. And now you wish that you meant something to somebody else."
"The Flood" has been one of those songs I've rocked out to for years, and if I'm perfectly honest, I'm not entirely sure why that is. I think its because its catchy, but at the same time the lyrics resonated very well with me. "I feel the pressure, its coming down on me. Its turning me black and blue. Oh whoa, you left me on the side of the road. And now I've got no place to go, you brought the flood."
Its sort of about feeling the weight on the world on your shoulders, and to add insult to injury, people are just abandoning you and making it worse. When this song came out, I felt a bit like that, so I think it just always stuck with me. Plus, the song is quite catchy in its tone.
Same thing actually goes for "10 Miles Wide" actually, which I heard was written by Max Green about Ronnie Radke actually. I'm not sure if that's true, but that's what I have always heard. Either way, that one is about someone leaving quite the mark on you as they walked out of your life, and its just done very well, and I've always enjoyed it. Plus, the music video for it is great....and there's an X-rated version of it that you can find online if you look hard enough.
Surely its not surprising what I'm about to say, but I love this album. Always have, probably always will. Since the release of this album, Escape The Fate have released three other fantastic albums, and you can find reviews of all of them coming soon. As it stands right now, somehow there's only one other review on the website, and that's their self titled album, which came out two years after this one. The two more recent ones will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
Also be sure to head on over to Escape The Fate's website to see what all they're up to. They don't have a ton coming up, just the Rock fest in Cadott, WI on July 15, and Heavy Montreal on August 6. But you can also look at their merch, listen to music, and just generally stay up to date with them over there.
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.