Capture The Crown

Til Death

Written by: BL on 29/07/2013 23:54:50

Everyone knows that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right? Well I don't think anybody can deny that Australian quintet Capture The Crown are the living example of that phrase when it comes to imitation. You probably have to be deaf, stupid or in plain denial (maybe even all three) if after listening to their debut album "Til Death" you don't think that these guys are trying to be Asking Alexandria. Take Asking Alexandria's debut album "Stand Up and Scream" and barf it all over everything generic from their sophomore "Reckless and Relentless" and you have exactly "Til Death" right down to the dirty dance electronics, the brutal screeching and growling, the atrociously junvenile lyrics, the breakdowns, all of it.

Everything on this record reeks of copycat songwriting to the point where it becomes a joke quite literally (not that I want to call it stealing ideas - Asking Alexandria aren't exactly pioneers of original music either). In some ways it's a bizarre twist of fate to think that Capture The Crown ended up on the same label as the band they're quite clearly ripping off to put it bluntly. Right from the beginning everything is apparent - a short intro consisting of a breakdown with an alternating drum rhythm over techno electronics, or how about some chugging dual guitars in the first song "#OIMATEWTF" where the hook lyric being repeatedly screamed for emphasis is "What The Fuck?!" (as opposed to "Oh My God!") and the word "bitch" mentioned about a billion times. The rest of the band's lyrical repetoire is mostly half pseudo-rock-n-roll-metalcore attitude where it's cool to hate on everything and everyone, and half meaninglessly shoehorned phrases meant to sound "bad", culminating hilariously with "I hope you fucking die" being screamed over an outro breakdown. It's not all a laughing matter fortunately as "Ladies & Gentlemen...I Give You Hell" and "LAX" manage some decent melodies here and there amongst the drivel.

"You Call That A Knife? This Is A Knife!" is the lead single, and is perhaps their best and worst song at the same time. On one hand you have crisply produced but cheesy dual metalcore riffs with random chugging galore while on the other a poppy chorus that is actually pretty memorable for a lot of good reasons except the lyrics. All of that is hilariously torn apart to make way for the most obnoxious barrage of breakdowns on the album (nothing like the lines "You filthy fucking cunt!" and "face down, arse up, that's the way you like to fuck!" to get you all pumped and energetic). "Storm In A Tea Cup" is an electronic mess of an interlude, better forgotten for "Help Me To Help You" and "Deja Vu" which has more riffing than most of the album up to this point combined - not that it was much of a feat admittedly. The latter featuring a pleasant chorus though still plagued by the usual bundle of recycled half-ideas plastered ontop of each other (and of course ends poignantly with "fuck you!").

The final arc of the this mature album starts with the lenghthy "RVG". A song that is directed solely at all the jealous haters and keyboard warriors out there who are merely ignorant fools who don't know any better or so they would have you believe. I still had to skip to the chorus mind you and the ending is shoddily put together if anything else (and yes even I could probably could do better). Meanwhile the album namesake song and "The Departed 2.0" following on must have been written by a different band because it's suddenly all positive sounding, with no expletives in sight. The latter even marches into acoustic ballad territory. Final song "Welcome To My Worlds" doesn't really know what it wants to be and is sort of all over the place - you can definitely expect some heavy but aimless riffs, a clean chorus yet again that is pretty standard, and maybe some more techno breakdowns because everybody loves those.

Truth be told, looking for any more positives to say by this point is like trying to eat someone else's leftover scraps at a restaurant, or licking some dregs off an empty barrel, all while teenagers hurl verbal abuse at you. If I were a betting man, I'd wager that "Til Death" is sadly not going to be placing high in many people's books. A poor man's Asking Alexandria is scant reward although it can be worth a laugh or two if you aren't offended by misogyny or acting like a complete douchebag.


Download: "You Call That A Knife? This Is A Knife!"
For the fans of: Asking Alexandria

Release date 18.12.2012
Sumerian Records

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