Monday, October 24, 2011

Fear Before The March of Flames - 2006 The Always Open Mouth

Band : Fear Before The March of Flames
Album : The Always Open Mouth
Release Year : 2006
Genre : Post-Hardcore | Experimental

Tracklist :
1. Absolute Future
2. Drowning The Old Hag
3. Mouth
4. Taking Cassandra to the End of the World
5. Ten Seconds In Los Angeles
6. The Waiting Makes Me Curious
7. High as a Horse
8. Dog Sized Bird
9. Complete and Utter Confusion...
10. ...As a Result of Signals Being Crossed
11. My Deer Hunter
12. Lycanthropy
13. A Brief Tutorial In Bachanalia
14. A Gift For Fiction
15. Absolute Past

Fear Before (formerly known as Fear Before the March of Flames) is an experimental rock band that resides in Aurora, Colorado. As stated on their Alternative Press podcast, their name originates from a Denver Post newspaper headline of local forest fires titled "The Fear Before The March of Flames." They released their debut album Odd How People Shake in 2003 with a re-release in January 2004, second album Art Damage in September 2004, third album The Always Open Mouth in September 2006, and fourth album Fear Before in October 2008.

Their third studio album, The Always Open Mouth, was released on September 19, 2006. Fischer explains that the title of the album refers to people who act like "An all-knowing super being from another realm sent here to save us all, or be a fucking loud mouth bigot. They are The Always Open Mouth." This album marks a considerably different sound from previous recordings, containing a much more experimental side with more emphasis on antiphony between the lead vocalist Marion, and guitarist and vocalist Fisher, and a considerable lesser amount of screaming. It is described as "boldly experimental and brimming with musical complexity". The band has gone onto reply to fan response that found the album to be a large departure from the sound of Art Damage by stating that they "just wanted to do something we hadn't done before." The first single off of the album was the song "Taking Cassandra to the End of the World Party", and a video was also filmed with director David Bell. The song references the Greek legend of Cassandra, a woman who possessed the gift of prophecy, but was cursed by the fact that no one would believe her tellings. Proff left the band to pursue a teaching career and drummer Clayton "Goose" Holyoak, guitarist Zach "Binks" Hutchings, and guitarist/keyboardist Billy Johnson were added.

From October 2006 to December 2006, the band played with previous tour-mates Norma Jean, and Between the Buried and Me, on the first ever Radio Rebellion Tour. In March 2007, the band played a portion of the Russian Circles Plan Midwest Tour and played one day at the Appalachian Annihilation Festival. That month as well, the band again changed their lineup. They stated that Billy Johnson (touring guitarist) left the band due to personal reasons. In July/August 2007 the band embarked on their first headlining tour with 65daysofstatic. This Will Destroy You, and Hot Cross as support. For this tour they released a limited edition EP entitled A Little Less Teeth featuring live sessions, outtakes, and demos.

The band had planned to release a DVD titled Absolute Past, Absolute Future with an estimated release date in Spring 2007. The DVD would cover the band's touring before they recorded The Always Open Mouth and the two months spent in Seattle recording the album. Fear Before the March of Flames explains that the DVD will not be "random live footage from four years [...] followed by random live footage from three years ago". Absolute Past, Absolute Future would be presented in documentary form, telling the history of the band chronologically. However, the footage was lost and the release was scrapped.

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