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Better Left Unsaid
The Fight Within
January 2009
Released: 2008, Stillborn Records
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Bruce Sanchez

From Modesto, California comes Better Left Unsaid, a constant touring monster that wishes to spread its sound to anyone willing to listen. Unfortunately, THE FIGHT WITHIN isn’t the all out brawl that the title suggests.

It’s not that they are untalented, because they know how to play. It’s just that they offer nothing unique to the genre. It’s the same metalcore stuff you’ve heard before. Guitar Squeals? Check. Breakdowns? Check. Melodic, clean-vocal chorus? Check. I hate to generalize Better Left Unsaid like that, but there’s really nothing to grab onto in their music. There’s nothing that makes them stand out in a lineup with other metalcore acts. They lack the powerful, arena-esque choruses that Killswitch Engage—whom BLU appears to desperately wish to emulate—packs into their songs. They’re not quite as melodically heavy as As I Lay Dying. And though it may seem unfair to compare Better Left Unsaid to such heavy weights of the genre, the only reason those acts are recognizable is because they cultivated a sound of their own working with the basic elements that defines metalcore. BLU definitely has the talent to grow and individualize themselves a bit more, but THE FIGHT WITHIN just isn’t fully there.

They must be doing something right to have attracted Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta’s attention and given a spot on his label, Stillborn Records. However, THE FIGHT WITHIN is an okay debut, but with countless bands coming out, this isn’t the era for debuts to be just “okay.”
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


Brent Terry – Drums
Adam Raffety – Vocals
Luis Barrera – Guitar
Rob Fernandez – Guitar
Adam Armstrong – Bass

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