Inhale Exhale – Movement

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Inhale Exhale – Movement
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3.4 (10 votes)

Band: Inhale Exhale
Album: Movement
Label: Red Cord Records
Release: 10/9/12
Reviewer: Brody B
Traklisting:

  1. Aesthetics
  2. Party Drama
  3. A Poise For Poison
  4. Mirage in the Middle of Summer
  5. The Collectors
  6. Low
  7. Carpe Diem
  8. Ain’t No Trip to Cleveland
  9. See You Later
  10. Under Sheets Stained in Blood

Inhale Exhale has always been a band that had a soft spot in my heart. I can not count how many times I have defended them against friends who just wrote them off as generic metalcore. I would always make a case for the underlying instrumental technicality and the sheer passion front man Ryland Raus brings to the table. “Movement” is no different in bringing the things I have always loved about Inhale Exhale back after a 3 year hiatus.

The first thing I noticed about “Movement”, which is it’s largest downfall, was the production. While not bad per say the production is just a little weird for lack of better term. The bass and guitars are very muffled while the bass drum is seemingly the lead instrument. Vocal wise, Raus’ voice has a distinct live quality to it as there is no hint of being studio enhanced. While I am a huge fan of  the drums provided by Tony Saffell, I found them to be a bit overwhelming for my taste mostly because they distracted me from focusing on the other instruments at times.

On the other hand, the feeling given off from the vocals works in Raus’ favor tremendously. I have always found Ryland Raus to be one of the best front men in the industry because of his energy is unreal vocal range. “Movement” truly showcases these strong points and allows the listener to feel as though they should be wearing a poncho for fear of getting doused by a tsunami of sweat and spit from the front man.

Production aside, “Movement” is some of the band’s strongest material. This record is not only the heaviest, but also the most technical. Party Drama finds axeman John LaRussa giving his fingers a workout for the whole duration of the song. From pummeling breakdowns to intricate riffs that most other bands with the luxury of two guitarists would struggle to play.

A Poise for Poison is a song the band seemed to write just to make the listener feel dumb as they go from head banging to swaying back to violently thrashing as the band effortlessly transitions from mellow meandering to some of the heaviest sections on the record. The chorus of this song sounds like something that would not be uncommon to be found on top 25 radio, while the rest of the song is so vicious it would have the average radio listener scurrying for cover.

The Collectors is a fun thrash induced song that breaks out of the mold of singing and screaming at preconceived times that most of Inhale Exhale’s other songs tend to follow and seems to truly let Raus and the gang experiment with where they decide to be tame and where they want to unleash chaos. The fact that the song is about an alien invasion seems to help it gain the title as the most fun track on the album. I still can not help but head bang as Raus bellows, “You are not on solid ground anymore!” during the bridge of the song. Equally as enthralling as the previously mentioned track, Ain’t No Trip To Cleveland is a rambunctious display of rowdy riffage as LaRussa proves to be a one man wrecking crew, splintering his fretboard with furious dexterity.

While at first, See You Later rubbed me the wrong way with its’ inherently cheesy breakdown of, “See you later/ MUCH!”, after numerous listens, the song became a favorite. Slightly immature lyrics fall to the wayside because of how much skill they are delivered with, similar to the freedom found in The Collectors.

It seems that at moments when Inhale Exhale strays from the path of what is comfortable for them is when they shine the most. The chorus of A Poise for Poison is far more pop induced than the band has ever touched before, and that helps that part really stick in the listener’s head. The Collectors and See You Later both benefit greatly from a refreshing freedom that comes from the band experimenting with song structure. Instead of the typical pattern found in the majority of their other songs, these two make the biggest impression both musically and vocally as both vocal chords and music are not limited to where they go.

Overall: Inhale Exhale make a great comeback after their hiatus, seemingly never missing a stride since their last album. In fact, it’s almost like a lot of the songs were written at the same time as the tracks from “Bury Me Alive”. While more growth and experimentation from such a mature band would certainly have been welcome, this band still manages to hit a soft spot for me and create incredibly fun and passionate music. Even if it isn’t the most original, “Movement” is a great collection of songs to herald Inhale Exhale back into action.

RIYL: I Am Alpha & Omega, Destroy the Runner, Haste the Day

Inhale Exhale - Movement, 3.4 out of 5 based on 10 ratings

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29 Responses to 'Inhale Exhale – Movement'

  1. epicarson says:

    Thank you. I had a huge problem with the production, but thought it was only me. Glad to see it wasn’t. Other than that though, they put out a solid album that I enjoyed. I think I would enjoy it so much more if it didn’t sound like a 128 kbps rip. Everything sounds so muffled. I wanna hear them live to appreciate the songs fully :) Good review!

    • Zac says:

      Yeah, either this is the worst producing I’ve ever heard, or there just isn’t any.
      This album would have been good- their good songs, but the production really ruins everything.

  2. I kinda/ sorta agree wit the review, but i def agree wit the scor. It just seems like “Bury Me Alive” part 2 4 me, wich i also thot was a 3. Wile these last 2 albums r gud, i stil like the first 2 beta.

  3. John says:

    Hiatus? Three years between albums, but they’ve been playing the whole time.

    • Zac says:

      Yeah, hiatus was the wrong word. Saw em earlier this year at ichthus, they put on a good show, and it’s sad that the album is as disappointing as it is.
      Good songs, bad producer.

  4. I was wondering, was this a promo that was reviewed? I have the physical album and the production and mixing seem to be alright.

    • Steve says:

      yeah I have the CD as well and the production and mixing are fine.

    • Brandon J. says:

      Most of the music reviewed at IVM are based off of “promo” copies sent to us by either a label, publicist, or band. We do not have a mailing address so the only things we receive are digital files. Sometimes a reviewer will buy the CD (or vinyl) on their own and review based off that.

  5. That’s what I figured. Every review I’ve seen for it, go to town on the subpar production.

  6. ParkerloveJesus says:

    There’s more than a few bands on Red Cord with production problems.

  7. The production on the physical CD is alright. I heard the promo was not a final copy.

  8. Kevin says:

    I like their music, but I wish they were truely Christians with lyrics to match.

    They need to step up their message or go secular.

    • Loren Wade says:

      “Truly Christians with lyrics to match”? Since when was it up to us to judge a band member’s salvation? It’s not. Their message is what it is. Maybe they’re actually fulfilling their calling, maybe they’re not. Still not up to us. Leave it to Jesus.

      All you get to judge is whether you like the message and/or music and make a decision on that. :)

    • Zac says:

      Lorren Wade. The voice of reason in all matters, thank you

    • Loren Wade says:

      Thanks man, just trying to provide clarity in matters that confuse many of us when we get into these bands. :)

    • Tyler says:

      Didn’t Jesus say you will know them by their fruit, that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks? The very definition of a Christian is a disciple of Jesus Christ and Jesus himself. I wouldn’t expect my fellow Christians to believe i am a disciple of Jesus if im not talking like one. Thats just sound judgment… If someone is saying they are a christian and are talking like they arent then yeah i have a right to question whether they are who they say they are. Just as i would expect others to treat me the same way. I dont think Kevin was judging their salvation but rather their claim to be followers of Jesus.

    • Loren Wade says:

      Of course we judge them by their fruit. That’s why I said you get to decide if you like the lyrics and music or not. What you DO NOT get to decide is if they are “truly Christians” or not. Period. Judge them by their fruits all you want. If you don’t like their music, don’t listen. The music is their fruit. As I already said, that’s your prerogative.

      The very idea of the word Christian in our society is whether someone believes Jesus is the Christ or not. THAT is a matter of salvation. To say, “I wish they were truly Christians with lyrics to match” is very clearly implying the listener is wishing the artists were real Christians. That is downright judgement of ones faith, which is, by essence, wrong.

      It is NOT a Christian’s job to judge one’s salvation, only their fruits. Otherwise, that’s the antithesis of the love we claim to profess.

    • Tyler says:

      He didn’t judge their salvation. In fact, its clear he is judging their fruit (lyrics) as he specifically mentions their lyrics. If we will know a christian by his fruit and they bear bad fruit then they must not be a true christian… or at the least a person stumbling. by saying we can judge their fruit but not if they are a christian is a contradiction. Jesus said if we continue in his words THEN we are his disciples(john 8:31). so a christian is someone who continues in the words of Christ. what if they dont continue in his words? they arent a christian…

    • Loren Wade says:

      Wrong. He said he wishes they were truly Christian WITH lyrics to match. The lyrics are an afterthought.

      Dude, I am agreeing with you about judging fruit. He is blatantly saying he wishes they were truly Christians, which implies they’re currently not.

      “what if they dont continue in his words? they arent a christian…” I disagree. We are saved by grace alone. That’s what makes us Christian. Not the fruit of our works. You can judge where someone is at by their fruit, but you can never know their salvation (Christian or not).

    • thruchristalone777 says:

      Tyler, what Loren said about the last line of your comment is correct.

      “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”- Ephesians 2:8-9

      Yes we are called to abide (or continue) in God’s word, but that isn’t a factor in a person’s salvation. As stated above, our salvation is based on God’s grace, through our faith in Christ, not works or deeds.

      One of the ways that we express our love for someone is by serving them. The same goes for Christ. If you truly love Christ, than your desire should be to serve Him and obey His commandments. With that being said. it is important to remember that your salvation is not based on that obedience. We have been given liberty through Christ. We are no longer under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). And with that liberty, we are given the option whether we will choose to follow God’s will or not. So why bother living for Christ then?

      “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”- John 14:15

      We serve Him because we love Him, not because we are trying to earn our way to heaven… Because you can’t. There is no deed or good work you can do on this earth that can save a person. Only through the blood that Christ shed can we be saved.

    • Tyler says:

      I am aware that salvation is by grace alone. but if you have to ignore the words of christ, or twist them to fit salvation by grace into your theology, there is a problem…

      John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

      Is jesus not suggesting that if you do NOT continue in his words that you are NOT his disciple? do you think you can be christian without being a disciple? Im not suggesting that we are saved by works. we are saved by a faith THAT works through love (Galatians 5:6) even the grace that saves us teaches us to do those works.

      Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 TEACHING us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

      notice we are redeemed from lawless deeds and purified through his grace. That is a process that happens simply by being saved. James made it quite clear that there is a specific type of faith that saves us, faith that has actions to back it up. our works are simply our evidence of our faith

      1 John 3:6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

      can i be saved without seeing him or knowing him? I dont think so…

    • Loren Wade says:

      “our works are simply our evidence of our faith” Precisely.

      Those works, however, could mean very different things to different people. We cannot simply glance at someone’s works and determine they’re not truly a Christian. “I wish they were truly Christians” is still judgment.

    • Tyler says:

      Perhaps, but if their message is a reflection of their hearts then maybe it is a just judgment. I honestly dont know as i have not read their lyrics but if their lyrics are carnal then they are carnal minded. Its not like we are not supposed to judge things at all, we are supposed to judge rightly. Obviously what he is suggesting is that he enjoys their music but wishes their lyrics reflected true Christianity. I mean we could all be naive and act like everyone is whatever they claim to be, but I dont think thats how Christians should be.

  9. Jay says:

    I’m confused at the review, it seems like you really liked it Brody. But 3/5? My copy sounds fine also.

    • Brody B says:

      To clarify, I did like it. There was just nothing special about the release, and nothing that really set it apart from anything else in the pack, besides a greater level of skill than most bands. So with that all being said, I saw it as about an average release. Good, and a fun listen, but nothing spectacular. And a 3/5 is a middle ground score.

      As far as the production values, I just reviewed what I received to review regardless of if it’s a finished version or not.

      Hope that clears things up a little bit! :)

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