A Bullet for Pretty Boy – Revision:Revise

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A Bullet for Pretty Boy – Revision:Revise
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4.4 (20 votes)

Band: A Bullet For Pretty Boy
Title: Revision:Revise
Label: Artery Recordings/Razor &Tie Records
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Review By: Steve
Track Listing:
1. The Deceiver
2. Revision:Revise
3. Decisions
4. Patterns
5. Only Time Will Tell
6. Voices And Vessels
7. Tides
8. Windows
9. Vita Nova
10. I Will Destroy The Wisdom Of The Wise

A Bullet For Pretty Boy is a five-piece post-hardcore/screamo band out of Texas that is about to release their second album and first full-length titled Revision:Revise on Artery Recordings. I was not the biggest fan o f their first album, but I have really enjoyed their current effort.

I first must say that the production of Revision:Revise is incredible. The press sheet for the album did not mention who produced Revision:Revise, but who ever it was, they did an outstanding job. ABFPB utilizes some electronic distortion and stringed effects such as violins in a good deal of the tracks on Revision:Revise. Musically, the drums really stood out for me. They are brutal and tight. The guitars are good as well, but the drums really stand out for me on the album. The special effects and keys add an ambient feel to the album as a whole and did not distract from the music or vocals, which tends to be the case in most circumstances. Ambient effects tend to turn me off because they usually mellow out the whole song or they just don’t fit into the track/album at all. ABFPB does a great job of using the ambient effects to disrupt the tempo of the tracks and keep things interesting. They do a great job of slowing things down for part of the track and then transition immediately into some brutal drums and guitars.

Vocally, ABFPB gives you a pretty equal dose of screams and clean vocals. The screams are deep and brutal, and the clean vocals are more on the pop side but fit in well with the music. In some of the tracks on Revision:Revise the clean vocals come across as whiney such as “Decisions” and “Windows.” But for the most part I really liked the clean vocals. Vocalist Danon Saylor has a great voice for screaming and singing. I was really impressed with his range and his ability to go from some slower clean vocals immediately into some harsh screams. The lyrics also have some undeniable Christian undertones and a few of the tracks mention God. In short, after listening to the lyrics you definitely know whom ABFPB put their hope and faith in.

My favorite track on Revision: Revise is “I Will Destroy The Wisdom of the Wise.” The track starts off kind of slow and builds into some extremely aggressive guitars, drums, and screams. The message of the song is really good as well. In the slow build up with Danon singing, “I can’t look at what we’ve done / And make it all ok / All hope is found in you / We know it’s found in you / Take us and let us see / All we need is to see.” This track encompasses all of what ABFPB has to offer.

My only complaints with the albums are some of the whiney vocals in a few of the tracks and the other was that some of the tracks do tend to sound alike. Despite this, Revision:Revise is definitely one of the better post-hardcore/screamo albums put out this year and something they should be extremely proud of. This album is definitely a strong 7.

Overall: this is a very solid album. A Bullet For Pretty Boy mixes in some ambient effects with singing and screaming that give the album a unique touch and sets them apart from most of their peers. If you like soft clean vocals and harsh, aggressive screams then do yourself a favor and buy this album from A Bullet For Pretty Boy. You won’t be disappointed.

RIYL: I Am Alpha and Omega, We Came As Romans, blessthefall

A Bullet for Pretty Boy - Revision:Revise, 4.4 out of 5 based on 20 ratings

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Originally, from Albuquerque, NM but now I live in the Minneapolis area. I love Metal and Hardcore but I can tolerate pretty much anything. Albums I couldn't live without: Any Living Sacrifice album with Bruce on vocals, INXS - Kick, and AC/DC - Back in Black View all posts by Steve

23 Responses to 'A Bullet for Pretty Boy – Revision:Revise'

  1. Alex says:

    this is a self-titled album …

  2. Andrew S. says:

    I don’t think that Dannon does any of the clean vocals. I’ve never heard or seen him sing live. One of their guitarists (Derrick) and their keyboardist do the clean vocals. Their old drummer used to do the majority of clean vocals before he left.

    • Evan1 says:

      This is right! I asked the band a while back and Derrick responded saying he does the clean vocals!

    • Steve says:

      Yeah I know usually someone else does the clean vocals but they usually list it on MySpace/Facebook or the press sheet the label sends out. But I couldn’t find anything.

    • evan144 says:

      Yea, for some reason, they don’t credit Derrick for the clean vocals anywhere. I had to send them a message on myspace (back when myspace was still the BIG thing) and they told me. Otherwise, I would have thought it was Dannon too! No biggee, its there fault for not informing people of the credits!

  3. Cody says:

    The album is indeed called Revision:Revise

  4. XWriting on the WallsX says:

    I love We Came as Romans.

  5. Alex says:

    the old drummer. hehe talk about underoath Lol.
    jk, but what did they just send you the album,
    so you could make a review out of it,
    pre-order or something, has it leaked or?
    but really alot of people have been saying that the first song they released,
    sounded just like Woe Is Me. lol.
    but yeah its true.!

  6. Andrew S. says:

    @Evan1: Yeah man, I’ve seen them live 4 times here in Texas and I’ve never heard Dannon sing.

  7. Keith says:

    This was recorded at Chango studios in Florida, and the production sounds very similar to Woe, Is Me’s album that came out a few months ago. That album sounds so awesome in my car, hah.

  8. Jake C says:

    Every Artery Recordings band use excellant producers. Chelsea Grin’s new one had PHENOMINAL producing. I Declare War (ik, ik, not a “Christian” message… at all) was insane (only complaint was that his inhales were SOOO quiet. Attila had an amazingly produced album (again, ik, drug references). Bury Tomorrow was sweet from what I’ve heard. I haven’t heard the Vanna EP but I’m sure it’s up there too

    This is NO EXCEPTION!!! Artery and Sumerian artists use the best producers IMO.

    ABFPB – my favorite band… with Underoath, As They Sleep, The Devil Wears Prada, Molotov Solution, Job For A Cowboy, For The Fallen Dreams, Legend, and Chelsea Grin (I span all genres haha). Nuff said. (if you don’t know some of these bands… check ‘em out. They’re mostly not Christian (MS, JFAC, CG, FTFD, Legend) but none of them have really “bad” messages (“Only The Dead” by Molotov Solution is very revealing of their beliefs… Atheists. and that’s their choice. Besides that 1 song… they make me happy. And FTFD can be a touch negative SOMETIMES. Legend sings about anti-premisquety (Harlot) and friends (10.8.10) but they might not be very widly accepted by a Christian audiance) so check ‘em out!

    One more of my favorites personally… The Plot In You (When they were called Vessels, they were Christian… Now… not so much (see Small Face))

    Sorry that was a bit off topic haha

  9. hazlammm says:

    in my opinion the 3 demos they released before the album tracks were better. they went to heavy. loved the ambiance they had in their songs. still there in a few, but its because theyre the rerecorded older ones. production is iffy in my opinion, just because like everyone said sounds like woe is me, cause Chango Studios tends to use the exact same vocal and instrumental effects on almost every release theyve recorded as far as i can tell. still i would enjoy hearing the rest of this cd. ive been following their progression since their first demo with the original vocalist before the ep was released.

    • evan144 says:

      I totally agree in every way! They were going in like this ambient hardcore route, and then they got signed to artery records! Oh well, its still a good record, just not the road I wanted them to go down. I also wish they would have put a song off their EP on this. I am glad they at least put Only Time Will Tell on!

  10. taras91 says:

    7/10???? i disagree.

    go and preview the songs on amazon.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004881ICO/ref=dm_sp_alb

    THEY ALL SOUNDS AMAZING. JUST SICK.
    they have progressed.

  11. melea says:

    The clean vocals are from the lead guitar player Derrick Sechrist. I have been listening to him in our garage since he was 13 years old. Josh the origional drummer sang lead with Derrick back up vocals on their first Cd.

  12. Mike Foster says:

    Yeah, Derrick and i think joshua (he does live) sang on the album. Josh can be heard singing on their previous songs, including the original demos for “windows” and “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise”. His parents made him go to college for a bit but he’s back in it now. My guess is that he sings on the next album.

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