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Better Left Unsaid: The Fight Within

Jamey Jasta and Stillborn Records have unleashed upon us all a new face in the world of metal. They say some things are better left unsaid, well; this band is not one of them. With a fury that borders on maniacal, Better Left Unsaid is nothing short of a mega dose of extreme metal that manages to weave in a melodic approach that is simply put, irresistible.

A lot of bands are turning to this style but you have to have a singer who can pull it off. Adam Raffety is one that can. From a snarling growling beast he transforms into a pure singer with a flick of the switch. He has a great voice no matter what avenue he takes. All you have to do is listen to the song that should be a hit single "Testify" and you will hear him go to both extremes. This song is worth the price of admission alone but the whole album is a terrific piece of work. I could find no weak spots at all.

They have shared stages with acts such as Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage and Bury Your Dead. It will not be long before you will be hearing about the bands that have shared a stage with them! This one has been in constant rotation on my player and I do not see that changing any time soon!


Track listing:
1. Mourn For No One
2. Testify
3. Repletion
4. The Fight Within
5. Under My Skin
6. Dedicated
7. Impurity
8. Never Again
9. Far Too Long
10. Marla
11. No Regret

Added: October 19th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Ward
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1088
Language: english

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Better Left Unsaid: The Fight Within
Posted by Dean Pedley, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-10-19 07:53:20
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The Fight Within marks the debut release from Better Left Unsaid, a five piece Metalcore outfit from Modesto, California. Already having shared a stage with the likes of Hatebreed and Killswitch Engage, Better Left Unsaid have been around since 2004 and its testimony to their perseverance that this debut effort has finally been realised via Stillborn Records. Whilst they may lack originality and creativity in an already cluttered scene they evidence raw aggression and an energetic, hard-working approach that should stand them in good stead for the future.


Vocalist Adam Raffety delivers the as-to-be-expected clean and scream approach that has become too formulaic and lacking in inspiration; nevertheless he acquits himself reasonably well although lyrically there is repetition of the song title ad nauseum. This aside, Better Left Unsaid serve up some intense riffs and well structured breakdowns that at times threatens to breathe new life into a stale genre and "Testify", "Dedicated" and "Marla" evidence strong song writing skills and technical prowess. If they can continue in this vein for their second album then Better Left Unsaid may well succeed in emulating the success of some of their peers.



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