Starting off more metal than â€œradiohead-ishâ€ as DallasTexasMusic.com would have it, â€œForgive Nothingâ€ is some of the cutting edge of what is now being considered emo music, in that it mixes flawlessly a generous bass along with the shrillness of Loganâ€™s vocals just as they mix down-and-dirty rock with punk music. Each track on â€œForgive Nothingâ€ is aurally similar enough to make this album a specific blip on the timeline of A Faith Called Chaosâ€™ history. Tracks like â€œBoxing With Bayonetsâ€ make the easy comparison of A Faith Called Chaos to Fu Manchu, who were also heavily influenced by the 70s sound. Loganâ€™s smooth vocals provide the perfect contract to the gritty guitars laid down on â€œWitless and White Knuckledâ€, causing the track to work on two incredibly different levels. The screeching guitar solo laid down in â€œThe Tennessee Promise Still Loves The Texas Lieâ€, instead of creating a diametrically opposite environment as it did during â€œWitless and White Knuckedâ€, fluctuates in and alongside Loganâ€™s vocals throughout the entirety of the track. This really increases the amount of aural cohesion that A Faith Called Chaos can claim that they have, as some of the tracks on â€œForgive Nothingâ€ are slightly antiseptic, in the sense that everything is neatly laid down. While this might be seen as a positive, some of the most personal music is slightly sloppy.
Sadly, â€œForgive Nothingâ€ blasts through incredibly fast, wrapping up before the listener can get their fill of A Faith Called Chaos. The disc holds up well to repeat listening, and the music is complex enough, drawing from enough sources to not be dated five, ten, or fifteen years down the road. Stomachs churn at the brutal guitars laid down during â€œTen Thousand Times Tongue and Cheekâ€, just as Joe Trujilloâ€™s bass work does during the opening for the ultimate track, â€œI Hate This Cityâ€.
Throughout â€œForgive Nothingâ€, there is nothing in the way of weak tracks, and the only thing that can be said is that A Faith Called Chaos may struggle to get something in the way of radio and video acceptance â€“ their melodies too complex, their sound too far away from anything popular to really gain the acceptance that a Boys Night Out or Yellowcard has gotten. If by chance, any one flips through the CDs at their local FYE, flip through Eve and Evanescence to get to A Faith Called Chaos. They really wonâ€™t disappoint.
Top Tracks: They Leave A Small Hum In Their Wake, Witless and White Knuckled
A Faith Called Chaos â€“ Forgive Nothing / 2004 Volcom / 10 Tracks / http://www.afaithcalledchaos.com / http://www.volcoment.com / Reviewed 03 July 2004