Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
There’s something to Hardcore. I don’t really listen to it, but there’s definitely an art that goes into it, and Chasing Victory actually prove that by going away from the genre by not screaming. This album is proof that there are some outstanding artists in the hardcore side of emo and Chasing Victory are one of them. “Fiends” is ten tracks; all of them have one word titles that are about ten separate vices that people have. It’s an interesting concept to be sure. I’m not going to dive into meaning too much with it because it’s actually pretty captivating to go through and figure out which one is which. You can probably link enough on title alone, but when somebody does something that creative; you have to listen to it. The best thing about this band is that they used to have one style, and now they have a plethora. Going from track five, “Carnies”, to track 6 “Janus” is probably the biggest single leap from style to style that I’ve ever heard. “Carnies” starts out on screams and goes into something different that’s still singing, it’s just still really hard and then “Janus” is this beautiful, deep track that sounds more like Needtobreathe than Chasing Victory. So Chasing Victory has taken a step away from Hardcore, they’ve changed their style completely with only a real hint of what they used to sound like, and they still sound better than 80% of the other bands in this genre. I don’t think they’re in the emo elite yet, but with another album like this they will be.