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The Miles Between - "Deceiver" (CD)

The Miles Between - "Deceiver" CD cover image

"Deceiver" track listing:

1. Appoloyon (3:27)
2. Northern Battersea (2:20)
3. Creepy Man Show (2:49)
4. Death + Its Kingdom (3:25)
5. Redlands (0:42)
6. Unswitched Breakers (3:05)
7. Seawater Vomit (4:11)
8. Insurgent Squared (2:08)
9. Piece, Piss + The Coolest Prick of All Time (3:18)

Reviewed by on September 13, 2009

"They definitely play the genre well, but they don't do much to stand out."

A lot of metal nowadays tends to sound pretty similar, which can be both a good and a bad thing. Such is the case with The Miles Between's debut album, "Deceiver," which sounds like any other metalcore band playing on any other metalcore album.

Fans of the genre will love this album, while those with more diverse tastes will find it somewhat repetitive. Again, this is neither here nor there, as the album fits perfectly in the niche audience of metalcore fans.

The album is very heavy and angry sounding, which fits very well with the hardcore vibe. It also features some hints of emotional punk riffing that makes songs that tend to be repetitive by nature a little bit more memorable. Unfortunately, these riffs do not last.

The riffs that are used primarily have a bit of southern flair to them that echo east coast hardcore bands. The recording quality is good enough, yet has enough crustiness to it to make this album undoubtedly heavy.

The Miles Between is a band that will no doubt open up the mosh pits. But that’s about all they bring to the table with “Deceiver," a very mediocre album that doesn’t even attempt to stand out from the endless multitude of metalcore bands. They play the genre well, but that's about it.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as "Deceiver" is an album that I could recommend to fans who have long enjoyed the metalcore genre. Just don't go into this album expecting to hear something new or different.

Highs: It's heavy and well-played.

Lows: Medicore metalcore.

Bottom line: Average metalcore that fits the genre well, yet doesn't stand out.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)