Awakening (Blessthefall album)

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Awakening
Studio album by Blessthefall
Released October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)
Genre Metalcore,[1][2] post-hardcore[3]
Length 44:35
Label Fearless
Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette
Blessthefall chronology
Witness
(2009)
Awakening
(2011)
Hollow Bodies
(2013)
Singles from Awakening
  1. "Promised Ones"
    Released: August 16, 2011
  2. "40 Days..."
    Released: September 12, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Absolute Punk 60%[4]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[6]
IGN 7.5/10 stars[7]
Revolver 3/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]

Awakening is the third full-length studio album by Blessthefall. It was released on October 4, 2011, through Fearless Records. It is the band's second album with singer Beau Bokan and first album with rhythm guitarist Elliott Gruenberg after the departure of Mike Frisby. The album was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette, producer of the second album, Witness. On September 12, the song "40 Days..." was released on the IGN site.[9] It debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, selling over 11,290 copies in its first week.[10] In Canada, the album debuted at No. 88 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[11] The album also features a few songs without harsh screaming or death growls.[12]

Review[edit]

Revolver magazine briefly reviewed the album, though pointing out the "same-sounding guitar and drum patterns and dynamic shifts that showcase the group’s tight, precision playing but scream for variety."[2]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Awakening"   1:19
2. "Promised Ones"   3:36
3. "Bottomfeeder"   3:35
4. "I'm Bad News, in the Best Way"   3:50
5. "The Reign"   4:00
6. "40 Days..."   4:18
7. "Bones Crew"   3:16
8. "Don't Say Goodbye"   3:46
9. "Undefeated"   3:25
10. "'Till the Death of Me"   4:25
11. "Flatline (Interlude)[13]"   1:42
12. "Meet Me at the Gates" (Hidden track "I Love You Lord" starting at 10:33 on physical copy.) 12:15
Total length:
44:35

Personnel[edit]

Blessthefall
  • Beau Bokan - lead vocals, piano, keyboards
  • Eric Lambert – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Elliott Gruenberg - rhythm guitar
  • Jared Warth – bass guitar, screamed vocals
  • Matt Traynor - – drums, percussion
Production
  • Michael "Elvis" Baskette - production[14]
  • Chris Dudley (of Underoath) - Additional Programming
  • Jeff Gross - artwork[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "blessthefall: Awakening Review". IGN. October 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blessthefall - Awakening". Revolver. September 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Awakening - Blessthefall". New transcendence. October 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Ryan (October 3, 2011). "Blessthefall - Awakening". Absolute Punk. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Leggett, Steve (October 3, 2011). "Awakening blessthefall". AllMusic. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ableson, Jon (October 3, 2011). "Awakening from blessthefall". Alternative Press. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "blessthefall: Awakening Review". IGN. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Blessthefall Awakening". sputnikmusic.com. September 26, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ Chad Grischow. "Hear an Exclusive New blessthefall Track - Music Feature at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Metal Insider. "Metal By Numbers 10/12: Album Sales Take A Fall". metalinsider.net. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html
  12. ^ "blessthefall - Awakening". Alter the Press!. October 2011. 
  13. ^ Mattt Taynor. "Is 'Flatline' the interlude song? If not, which song is? | Formspring". Formspring.me. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Blessthefall to enter the studio May 17th". Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ matttraynor. "Hey bro who is doing the cover art for the new album..? | Formspring". Formspring.me. Retrieved September 25, 2011.