Gideon – Milestone

By Steven Cosand on June-27-2012 | Filed under News, Reviews | Tags : , , , , | Share

Gideon – Milestone
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4.3 (23 votes)

Artist: Gideon
TitleMilestone
LabelFacedown Records
Release Date: 07/03/2012
Reviewer: Steven A. Cosand

Tracklisting:

  1. Gutter
  2. Bad Blood
  3. No Acceptance
  4. Overthrow
  5. Prodigal Son
  6. Mask
  7. Still Alive
  8. Milestone
  9. Maternity
  10. Coward
  11. Faceless

Gideon released their debut album entitled Costs through Facedown Records only a little over a year ago. Since then this band has been touring constantly. When I say constantly I mean I can’t even comprehend the idea of them finding the time to write and record a new album. When I first heard Costs every single bitter and jaded thought I had about hardcore was gone. I recently got to see them play with Sleeping Giant and First Blood in Mesa, AZ and even caught a quick conversation with their guitarist, Daniel.

Milestone is the perfect record for this band. There are a lot of similarities in comparison to Costs, but I don’t know why there wouldn’t be. The guitar work is intricate and nailed perfectly. A lyric video to “Still Alive” was posted recently on youtube and I must say it is still one of my favorites. The one thing I absolutely love about this band is their ability to maintain melodic overtones with soft leads. I would almost describe it as a feather in the wind, but it doesn’t kill that heavy crunch that Gideon is known for. The raw and passionate emotion is still present without sounding weak. On the other hand the acoustic title track really caught me off guard. It features soft piano and some quite ambient tones lightly drifting on top of the core. It ends entirely too soon, but fades quickly into the beginning of “Maternity” which gets the blood flowing once again.

I have said it and I will say it again and again. I do not particularly care for big production in hardcore. It’s something that I don’t find tasteful or necessarily appropriate. Yes. Milestone is what I would consider over produced, but then again I also understand that there is a reason for Milestone sounding the way it does. When I hear the pounding, dissonant and almost djent ridden riffs of songs like “Coward” and “Gutter”, that entire jaded old man thought process just kind of goes away.

Overall: There is something so youthful and refreshing about this band. Milestone stands out lyrically and musically in comparison to recent releases from both secular and Christian bands. Listening to Milestone is like a breath of fresh air. Gideon is hands down the band that has renewed my faith in Christian hardcore. I am still expecting a lot from this band. This will be on repeat and I can’t wait for the next one. “Let this fire burn and never die.”

RIYL: Hundredth, Sleeping Giant, Terror.

Gideon - Milestone, 4.3 out of 5 based on 23 ratings

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32 Responses to 'Gideon – Milestone'

  1. JahWarriah says:

    So stoked for July 3rd. New albums from these guys AND Wolves at the Gate.

  2. Brody B says:

    I’ll be getting this today! They’re selling it at shows starting today, super stoked.

  3. Derek O. says:

    THICK AND THIN.

  4. stevo says:

    Nice review. I already checked our ‘Prodigal Son’ from the recent Facedown sampler and now I’m really interested in checking out the other songs too!

    @Steven: You said the new album also stands out lyrically but didn’t give any examples…so what are their lyrics like/about?

  5. stevo says:

    Oh and I forgot to ask… are there any interviews with the band where they explain the cover artwork? Does anybody know?

  6. Yorik Bruhl says:

    Oh so pumped. Their last album is still one of my most played. Crazy.

  7. Travis Aker says:

    Gideon was awesome tonight at the Scream the Prayer 2012,they where selling the new cd for only $6 bucks to. I would encourage any going to this to pick it up,by the way Demon Hunter was flat out amazing,MyChildren MyBride was Excellent,Sleeping Giant was amazing as always.

  8. ParkerloveJesus says:

    I listened to the whole album and was actually very dissapointed. It’s the same chug chug chug, open break downs the whole CD. Yeah they have some leads, but it’s essentially the same song the entire album (except the soft song at the end). I didn’t hear anything new from the first CD. Let me say this, they do the hardcore thing well, but it’s nothing new and it gets old fast. I listened to the CD a few times and was like, “that was alright, okay next CD.”

    • ParkerloveJesus says:

      Are you talking to me? I really liked their first album but this album sounds the same. I was hoping they would go outside of the box a little. Tired of hearing the same song over and over again. If you like the open chugging for almost 95% of the CD then you’ll love this CD.

    • Steven says:

      The “soft” song is in the middle of the album, not the end.

  9. Travis Aker says:

    I listening to the cd right now,and it sounds nothing like Costs at all,Hardcore is going to be Hardcore their ain’t nothing special about it. Obliviously you are not a fan of it. Therefore your opinion is garbage at best.

  10. Zac says:

    I personally don’t like this review simply for one fact- it’s over scored.
    5/5 has to be reserved for the TOP of the line album. Not one fault. It has to be perfect and flawless.

    You said that it was over produced, therefore, not deserving of a 5.

    Regardless, I’m not putting anyone down, because reviews are opinions, and anyone who argues with peoples opinions, isn’t worth talking to in the first place

    • metalhunter says:

      So you are saying every review should be a max of 4? Perfect is impossible. I think the over-production is microscopic to the whole album. Which that being the only problem, why not a 5?

    • Steven Cosand says:

      When I say a record is over produced that essentially means it is “perfect and flawless”. My ideas regarding studio engineering are my own & I don’t assume that most people care to agree which is fine. It’s not necessary to have music sound like it was recorded in a vacuum cleaner, but sometimes flaws, imperfections, or even a lo-fi vibe bring character to music which is otherwise unattainable with tons of pro tools edits and tricks.

      This record in my opinion is what I consider top of the line. Currently there are a LOT of hardcore and metal bands around and it’s hard for some to stand out. Gideon does. I’d rather the reviews count best out of 10, but even so I would still give it a perfect 10. :)

    • Zac says:

      You read me wrong.

      Perfect is possible, to an individual. Think of your mass music collection, for whatever reason, what very few albums have spoken to you? You love them without end and think they should be make hugely famous for.
      Those are 5s.

      If you listen to an album, and hear some things that you don’t care for, small or big, it doesn’t deserve a 5.

      Over production is a big deal. Thousands of fans rebuked Muse’s last album because that was VERY produced to the point of… not being a rock band.
      I won’t go into it in detail, but the people who talk about the production, tone, mixing are people who understand/know music to a more fine detail than an average listener. So to some, they will never care or know what that means, but to someone else, it could be a big deal.

    • Zac says:

      Stephen, I agree with you. Mistakes, and NOT pro tools crap, makes an album what it is. I agree there, look at zeppelin, foo fighters,

      I’m stating all of this based on the fact that I haven’t listened to this yet.

      My main argument is, I think reviewers, everywhere, mostly, here, jesusfreakhideout, and other certain sites, just rate albums way too high.

      To think of an average album, you know, nothing wrong, but nothing special, people want to give it a 4. maybe a 3.5. That’s not the way it should work. Because then every album that people really like, it’s a 5. So what seperates a hundred albums that got 5’s?

      Average is 3, even though people view 3 as bad for some reason. 4, is a really good solid album. Above average clearly.
      5 is amazing, in the music genre, none compare. Lyrics, and music are just rediculous good. 2- eh, not so great. nothing good, but not horrible.
      1- no.

      It’s all opinion and I understand that, I just wish people would be more reserved in reviews.
      Like- demon hunter, all the reviews on jesusfreakhideout, 4.5 over and over. They deserve a 5, i believe it, and as much as i want to give them 1 for any of the albums, they have not made that 5″ album.

    • metalhunter says:

      I think the reason why people think 3 as a bad score because of the fact that it is considered average based on the scoring. Why should I go out and buy an album when I already have it, ya’ know?

      As far as the over-production thing, I think that’s more of a personal preference. I for one can be over-critical of the production value of songs, either too much or too little. But in reference to what Steven called over-production, is was produced very good. I enjoyed it.

  11. Travis Aker says:

    That the reason why I don’t listen to most critics when it comes to bands or movies for that matter of fact. What I don’t understand what is the major gripe with the band’s recording,what is wrong with album being produced well. The labels are trying to put there best forward for these bands,to try get them the best opportunity to succeed in their careers. All of a sudden does everyone want the old recordings of like the old school days where everything is raw and tough. That just proves that the technology is getting better.

    • sam30 says:

      Agree to a point. There’s no point in making an album with bad capture if you’re able to get a better sound. However, some types of music call for a more accurate live rendition and mood to them. When I hear hardcore that sounds as clean and processed as bands like Gideon and The Ghost Inside, it really fails to get me inspired.

      The imperfections and human qualities – not to mention the actual feel of a real amp and drum sound – are what get me sold on a hardcore band. That comes form going to shows and loving those moments where it’s just you and the band, not wanting to hear what record executives think should inspire me.

      This is, of course, just my opinion. Anyone is more than welcome to disagree with me and I’ll not think less of you. If you want my opinion on what a really well-produced hardcore sound is (that doesn’t fall into over-production), check out Brothers from Michigan.

      http://brothers.bandcamp.com/track/starving

    • Iaya97 says:

      I don’t want Midi-sounding drums in my hardcore music. That’s just one example, there are many others.

  12. Travis Aker says:

    What more of a sound do you want from both bands. They both put there best foot forward as far as creating the album,but at least there not like the 95% of the pop singers who don’t even right their own songs.

  13. Steven Cosand says:

    In case y’all were wondering. I really really really like this record. Hahahaha.

  14. I’ve tried really hard to get into Gideon and I’ve never found anything that jumps out at me and says, “This is something unique and amazing.” There are too many -core bands out there, I never want to listen to one that doesn’t grip my attention.

  15. Brandon says:

    I have this album but haven’t really listened to it yet. I need to change that soon. Maybe on my vacation.

  16. Yorik Bruhl says:

    Just got this. And it rules, absolutly. 5/5 for sure. These guys keep it legit.

  17. CHASE says:

    I’ve had this album since it came out and it still continues to amaze me how good of an album this is. The passion, heart, and soul they put into it is obvious from the first song and doesn’t let up through the entire album. I already can’t wait for their next release!

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