Life Reaper Sume­rian/ Warner

Blunt - - In Review - CAMERON CHAM­BERS

There’s al­ways been some­thing a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing about I, The Breather, not a huge point of dif­fer­ence, but enough that they’ve avoided the cliché trap­pings that have plagued a num­ber of other Warped Tour com­bat­ants. Un­der­go­ing a rather sig­nif­i­cant per­son­nel shuf­fle in 2013 has only im­proved the band’s al­ready im­pres­sive sense of mu­si­cal­ity, as the Bal­ti­more- based out­fit de­liver a fiery amal­ga­ma­tion of Au­gust Burns Red­styled shred and mosh, along with the rugged, melodic sen­si­bil­i­ties of Sights And Sounds. “Soul: Seek” is one of the more rapid­fire of­fer­ings from the group, while the un­con­ven­tional chorus of “Self: Re­store” stands out as one of the disc’s true high­lights. Things get a lit­tle same- y to­wards the end, how­ever the more dy­namic el­e­ments of “Shape: Shifter” show that the band is ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing at a dif­fer­ent level when pushed.

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