Acts of Tragedy – Left with Nothing

Rating: 3.5/5
Memorial Records
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Band Line-up: 

Alessandro Castellano – Drums
Andrea Orrù – Vocals
Lorenzo Meli – Bass
Paolo Mulas – Guitar
Gabriele Murgia – Guitar & Backing Vocals


1. Under The Stone
2. Melting Wax
3. The Worst Has Yet To Come
4. The Man Of The Crowd Part I
5. Smoke Sculptures and Fog Canvas
6. The Man Of The Crowd Part II
7. Incomplete
8. Nothing
9. Vice
10. Oaks


Acts of Tragedy are an alternative metal/post hardcore band. They have just released their addiction and vice themed concept album, Left With Nothing. It was recorded at V-Studios, and was produced by Jay Maas, a man who has worked with Defeater and Bane.

What’s it like? Well, a lot of stuff goes on throughout this album, that’s for sure. It may be impossible for some to be bored when hearing it, as the listener (or perhaps victim) is never far from a drum break, or a change in guitar riff type. The strings switch to dissonant screeches, to moshing breakdowns to tremolo picked epileptic fits so often, ADD may well plague the musicians. Even though the instrumentation here is impressive, it is also rather forgettable, however. This is because it seems to be more focused on technicality that songwriting. What’s wrong with an intelligent chord progression, and a fitting melody? It’s hard to think of a classic metal song that is merely a collection of hooks. AoT may seem to be little more if not listened to closely enough. Furthermore, in Left with Nothing, ideas sound similar, in several instances. Many ostinatos are rather formulaic in rhythm and note choice, and therefore are easy to predict.

AoT’s “The Worst Has Yet To Come”, starts off with an interesting jazz fusion style chord progression and light(ish), though flashy drumming. But rather prophetically… the worst (relatively) is yet to come; the music returns back to the cliched craziness that all modern metalheads are familiar with. But it’s not all insanity and repeated patterns, in this collection of songs. “Nothing” features clean, arpeggiated and strummed guitars and emotional, if not over the top singing. It is a pleasant song, but it is also a bit strange. As it develops, the song’s vocals build in intensity, but no new instruments are added to the mix. What results is a sense of anticlimax. The biggest let down of the music here, however, is the way it ends without reason. Just finish the f***ing song. “Oaks” is the other song that is excessively sweet, and clean all round. Well, until it suddenly builds to the more familiar chaos, that is.

In conclusion, Left With Nothing is good, in that its contents are technically challenging, but not so good in that no one cares. Not only joking, no one with TASTE cares. Whoops, I’ve done it, again. What I meant was, Left With Nothing is good in that its contents are technically challenging, but being technically challenging is not the most important thing in the world. The songs on the aforementioned record aren’t bad at all, however, even though they are stereotypical. If you’re new to this kind of music, go ahead and buy it; it may sound very exciting to you.

Review by: Simon the Mighty