Erratic metalcore bands have become more and more common in recent years, but for some reason there is just not enough variety in this seemingly boundless genre. The Gentleman Homicide is another example of a band that simply doesn't do enough to detach itself from the norm, though this group isn't necessarily a bad one. Wide-ranging, throaty screams accompany high-pitched, distorted riffs and irregular drumming, the tempos and guitar lines often shifting unpredictably. The jarring effect is nothing new at this point, and besides some melodic lines that set The Gentleman Homicide apart later in the album, neither are the instrumental tricks the group employs.
Playing this type of music does take an ear and some degree of talent, but Undertanding the Words We Speak doesn't push any boundaries in metal, and often it just comes off as cheesy. The shifts are purposefully rough around the edges, but the element of sloppiness pervades too much of the album. The lyrics read like the usual bad teenage prose, except for the near-constant mentions of Jesus and the pleas to god for strength and "self control." Perhaps they should ask for some exceptional talent or originality next time. (5/10)
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