PHOENIX MOURNING - When Excuses Become Antiques

Phoenix Mourning - When Excuses Become Antiques

10 songs
54:13 minutes
***** ***
Metal Blade


Phoenix Mourning are one of the rare bands from the metalcore / screamo genre that is still able to get my attention with their debut. Their recipe surely isn't revolutionary, but somehow I prefer the songs on When Excuses Become Antiques to similar sounding bands.

Singer Jeremiah Ruff is at the same time responsible for the melodic emo vocals and the angry screams. While the clean vocals are always perfectly fitting into the melancholic song structures, the brutal parts are unfortunately too repetitive and slightly annoying. The song writing is excellent though, without any exception.

A lot of songs have a modern touch and sound like a harder version of Linkin Park (Contrast, Niche, One January Morning). Three songs (When The Sky Falls, From Afar, Waiting For The King) have a much more commercial orientation and destined to be played on college radio stations. Phoenix Mourning do not only have a sense for cool melodies, but their songs are often full of interesting and unforeseeable breaks (A New Door, Etched, The Ornament). The more brutal side from Phoenix Mourning is presented on the opener Across Twenty-Six Winters and My Future Actress while Glass Kiss is a more classic metal song with violin samples.

Phoenix Mourning have shown that they have already a broad repertoire which is very respectable because they only were founded in 2004. They are one of the most promising newcomers in the metalcore genre.

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