Release Date: May 14, 2013
Record label: Eleven Seven
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Punk/New Wave, Screamo
While their previous, self-titled album found them taking their sound in a more muscular direction, Escape the Fate find their knack for melody again on their fourth album, Ungrateful. Though the album retains a lot of the heaviness of their last effort, there's a soaring quality here that feels like the band is opening its sound up more, allowing the big moments to go in whatever direction is natural rather than trying to give everything a hard edge. With more room to stretch out, it definitely feels like Escape the Fate are moving into more familiar -- and more comfortable -- territories, making Ungrateful an album that feels like a return to form for the band.
Resting on their laurels? See what we thought of the new album from ETF... Always a band likely to garner instant love or hate, Escape The Fate’s third album of the post-Ronnie Radke era will inevitably divide opinion. At times, the quintet deliver the solid grooves and renowned, catchy singalong choruses that have engaged their adoring fan base, but for too much of the time ‘Ungrateful’ sounds a bit flat and tired, almost as if Escape The Fate are resting on their laurels (‘Chemical Love’ and ‘Live Fast, Die Beautiful’).