Ungrateful (album)

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Ungrateful
Studio album by Escape the Fate
Released May 14, 2013
Recorded February–March 2012;June–September 2012
Genre Heavy metal,[1] hard rock,[1] metalcore[1]
Length 39:36
Label Eleven Seven
Producer John Feldmann, Monte Money, Brandon Saller
Escape the Fate chronology
Issues Remixes EP
(2011)
Ungrateful
(2013)
Singles from Ungrateful
  1. "Ungrateful"
    Released: February 12, 2013
  2. "You're Insane"
    Released: March 18, 2013
  3. "One for the Money"
    Released: September 2013[citation needed]
  4. "Picture Perfect"
    Released: May 6, 2014[citation needed]

Ungrateful is the fourth studio album by American rock band Escape the Fate. Several of the tracks on the album were produced by John Feldmann, who also produced the band's second album This War Is Ours; however, other tracks were self-produced by the band. It is the last album to feature Michael and Monte Money on guitars and TJ Bell on bass. The Money brothers both resigned the band in October 2013 and TJ Bell was moved to rhythm guitar. The album was released on May 14, 2013 through Eleven Seven Music.

Background[edit]

Since the release of their third album, Escape the Fate, the band had begun writing material for their tentative fourth album. Recording began in February 2012, following the recording for Craig Mabbitt's solo project Dead Rabbitts, and ended in March. The band hinted towards the new album on a Facebook post on New Year's Eve saying "Happy new year everyone. We love you all. Next year will see a new album for all of you!!!".[2] The band's lead guitarist, Monte, originally left their tour in 2011 because he did not feel comfortable around Max Green. During his absence from the tour, he recorded over a hundred guitar demos for the album. In March 2012, the band announced that bassist Max Green had left the band due to personal differences.[3] Despite the departure, Green remained friends with the band to the point where he even attended a concert by them. To replace Green, the band made former Motionless in White member, TJ Bell, who had already been touring with the band since early 2011 in place of Max, an official member. Along with this, the band also announced that touring member, Michael Money, had become an official member, providing rhythm guitar for the band.[4]

On Twitter, Mabbitt and TJ Bell revealed that Patrick Stump is working with the band to write a new track. This was later confirmed and the title of the song is "Painting", and ultimately on the album was titled "Picture Perfect".[5] In an interview, the band spoke about the song they wrote with Mick Mars of Motley Crue. Mabbitt said that although they liked the track, they did not feel it was right for them, thus voting against using it.

The band later announced that John Feldmann, who worked with the band on their This War Is Ours album, will be returning to produce their fourth album. Craig commented that because of Feldmann returning to work with the band, the sound of the album will be more like This War Is Ours with some elements of their self-titled album.[citation needed]

After completing their South American tour, they returned to the studio in June to continue with the recording process, and completed the album in September.[citation needed]

On December 17, 2012, the band released a short clip of an upcoming track titled "Ungrateful", along with the official statement regarding joining Eleven Seven Music. Mabbitt commented on joining the label, saying, "We are excited to be working with Allen and all the people at Eleven Seven Music and having Monster partner with us in 2013! We are stoked to get shit rolling again and we are thankful for all our fans that have stuck with us during this down time. We hope everyone is ready to go hard with us in 2013." Eleven Seven Music EVP Joe McFadden added, "We are extremely excited to have signed ESCAPE THE FATE. We've been watching them for some time now and we look forward to working with them as they define the future of rock and roll."[6]

The first single from the album, Ungrateful was released on February 12, 2013 on iTunes. Along with the single, the album also became available preorder, set for release on May 14, 2013.[citation needed]

Singles and promotion[edit]

To promote the album, the band co-headlined the This World Is Ours tour with metalcore band Attack Attack!. Other acts on the tour included The Word Alive, Secrets, and Mest.[7] The first leg of the tour was in North America, and started on April 5, 2012 in Buffalo, New York, and ended in Vancouver, Canada on May 16. On the tour, the band played a new song from the fourth album titled "Live Fast, Die Beautiful" with Attack Attack! lead singer Caleb Shomo possibly hinting towards him being featured on the song, which ultimately didn't end up happening, although Shomo helped write the song. There was originally going to be a second leg of the tour in Central and South America, starting on June 23 in Curitiba, Brazil, and ending on July 1 in Mexico City, Mexico,[8] but Attack Attack! announced that they were cancelling it. Escape the Fate then announced that instead, they will be joining Underoath and Protest the Hero on a different South American tour, starting on May 26 in Curitiba, Brazil, and ending on May 30 in Santiago, Chile.[9][10]

The first single from the album, "Ungrateful" was released on February 12. The song was made available for free during the first 24 hours of the release on the Alternative Press website, as a thank you to the fans. They have also shot a video for "Ungrateful", on March 7 a music video for "Ungrateful" was released. On March 18, the next single, "You're Insane" was also made available for those who pre-ordered the album, and on April 1 the music video was released as well.[11]

On April 29, Escape the Fate streamed their song, "Until We Die" through Artistdirect.[12][better source needed] To further promote the album, the band will partake in several music festivals in 2013, including Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, and others. A track entitled, "Forever" was said to appear on the physical deluxe version but it never did and instead of "Losing Control" being on it they were replaced by, "I Alone" & "Father, Brother" instead, with "Losing Control" being an iTunes exclusive along with "Apologize" being a Japanese exclusive.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

Ungrateful debuted in the United States at number 27 on the Billboard 200, with sales of around 17,000 copies in its debut week. This nearly matches the sales and chart rankings of their previous album, Escape the Fate, which charted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 with around 18,000 copies in its first week. Despite not charting as high on the Billboard 200 as their self-titled album did, Ungrateful charted at number 34 on the Australian charts, which is significantly higher than their self-titled, which charted at number 58.

On smaller charts, the album debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Hard Rock albums chart, number 22 on the Top Digital Albums chart, number 6 on the Top Alternative Albums chart, number 7 on the Top Rock albums chart, and number 5 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[13]
Alternative Press 2/5 stars[14]
Q Magazine 2/5 stars[15]
Rock Sound 3/5 stars[16]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[17]

Ungrateful received mixed reviews from critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100, the album currently holds a 56, indicating "mixed or average reviews."

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 34
US Billboard 200 27
US Top Digital Albums 22
US Top Hard Rock Albums[18] 2
US Top Alternative Albums[18] 6
US Top Rock Albums[18] 7
US Top Independent Albums[18] 5

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by John Feldmann, except where noted

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Ungrateful"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Brandon Saller Monte Money, Brandon Saller 3:23
2. "Until We Die"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Craig Mabbitt Money, Saller 4:26
3. "Live Fast, Die Beautiful"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Mabbitt, John Feldmann, Caleb Shomo   3:52
4. "Forget About Me"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Mabbitt, Feldmann, Martin Johnson   3:04
5. "You're Insane"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Saller Money, Saller 3:34
6. "Chemical Love"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Mabbitt Money, Saller 3:29
7. "Picture Perfect"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Mabbitt, Feldmann, Patrick Stump   3:51
8. "Risk It All"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Feldmann   4:00
9. "Desire"   Monte Money, Michael Money, J Angel   2:45
10. "One for the Money"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Mabbitt, Feldmann, Johnson   3:19
11. "Fire It Up"   Monte Money, Michael Money, Mabbitt, Saller, Joe Cotela, Julien Jorgenson Money, Saller 3:53
Total length:
39:36

Personnel[edit]

Escape the Fate
  • Craig Mabbitt - lead vocals
  • Monte Money - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Money - rhythm guitar
  • TJ Bell - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Robert Ortiz - drums
Production[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Escape the Fate powers past turmoil on album No. 4". 
  2. ^ "Happy new year...". Facebook. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Max Green departed from ETF". Hollywood Waste. March 4, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Escape The Fate on their new lineup and their make or break fourth album". Alternative Press. April 4, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Escape the Fate working on song with Patrick Stump". Hollywood Waste. February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Escape The Fate Signs With Eleven Seven Music". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "This World Is Ours Tour". HouseOfBlues.com. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "ESCAPE THE FATE TO JOIN AND CO-HEADLINE SOUTH AMERICAN DATES WITH UNDEROATH IN MAY". Escape the Fate. May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Escape the Fate to join and co-headline Underoath's South American Tour". Underoath. May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Big Red Radio". 98kupd.com. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Escape the Fate Team Up with ARTISTdirect.com to Debut "Until We Die"". April 29, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Escape the Fate - Ungrateful". AllMusic. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  14. ^ "Ungrateful Reviews-Metacritic". Metacritic. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  15. ^ "Ungrateful Reviews-Metacritic". Metacritic. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Ungrateful Reviews-Metacritic". Metacritic. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  17. ^ "Ungrateful Reviews-Metacritic". Metacritic. 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Escape the Fate - Escape the Fate". Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Allmusic.com, Ungrateful Credits".