Release Date: January 17th, 2012
Label: InVogue Records
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When listening to a band’s debut release, it’s rather disheartening when within the first twenty seconds or so, you can reel off a lengthy list of outfits which they sound identical too. ‘Pick Your Poison’ is one such release, and it soon becomes painfully apparent that Famous Last Words at present amount to little more than a profuse rehash of substantially more gifted trend setters.
‘Labyrinth’ opens proceedings with some electronic noodling over a redundant series of syncopated chugs, giving way to some irritatingly high register clean vocals, which are shamelessly laden with effects. Next, as we may well have guessed, the obiligitory breakdown, and from here on out for this EP the objective seems to be to repeat this formula ad nasuem. ‘Starting Over’, ‘Snowmageddon’ and ‘This Isn’t Blackmail, This Is War’ do nothing to redeem the band as they churn out forgetable melodies and faux aggression, and ‘Interlude’ throws in a pointless attempt at a trendy dance number. The most impressive thing that Famous Last Words achieve here is in including a version of Hollywood Undead‘s ‘Comin’ In Hot’, which regrettably is just as bad as the original.
It is ultimately just dissapointing that a release as lacklusture as ‘Pick Your Poison’ is deemed good enough to gain any degree of hype that is has thus far received. With a sound devoid of any creativity, invention or sincerity, it seems to be the case that when you look like Escape The Fate and sound like what The Devil Wears Prada were doing from five years back, you’ve pretty much cracked it.
Written by Tony Bliss