Killing. Mourning. Love.
Victory In Numbers
Killing. Mourning. Love.
931 Views / Released Sep 21, 2010 Bullet Tooth
Killing. Mourning. Love.
Review by Tanner Fisher - September, 2010

In 2002, Taking Back Sunday made a huge impact in their scene with their debut, Tell All Your Friends.  Immediately after the album’s release, every band tried to emulate what made that album so special.  While many bands failed, many bands succeeded in making comparable albums, and together, they quickly built a scene, popularizing the term “emo”.  Since then, the genre has taken off in a different direction, using the hooks they learned from their predecessors, but leaving behind what made the scene so special to begin with.  While Victory In Numbers doesn’t completely stay true to the sound of emo bands of the past, they do a good job of blending the poppier sound of today with the darker sound that made the genre popular.

“Midnight in London” starts off the album strong.  It begins in a modern fashion, with the use of keyboards, but nostalgia kicks in when the song softens, using twinkling guitar lines and softly spoken words.  The chorus comes in, and it instantly brings you back to the days when you were younger, when things were much simpler.  The tail end of the song sounds like it could have been a part of a TBS B-side, and that’s nowhere near a complaint.

The next song “The King is Dead” is the first single off the album, and it is probably the strongest on the whole album.  It starts off uniquely, using the soft, loud, soft, loud dynamic like you’ve never heard before.  The verses will make you dance, and the during the chorus, they bring in the dark and heavy sound that made bands like Senses Fail and Hidden in Plain View famous.  The mixture of dancibility and heaviness makes this song stand out.

“Dare You to Dance” is a great example of a pop song done right.  During the verses, the band sounds like if Haley Williams was kicked out and replaced by a dude. The chorus is torn directly out of NFG’s book, but considering that they are legends in pop-punk community, you can’t fault Victory In Numbers for wearing their influences on their sleeves.  

“Chemical” captures the band sounding like a modern-day The Starting Line.  The song has a great beat, and once again, the band shows off their ability to write a great chorus.  Towards the end, the band shows off their more delicate side with whispered vocals and softly plucked guitars, building up to the punching rhythms of the song’s finale.

“Hope that you know” is the beautiful closing track.  The song begins only with an acoustic guitar and vocalist Nick Passio’s voice, and it finds the band sounding rather tormented.  The song builds up to a wonderful climax, and during this moment, the band truly hits the mark, belonging right up there with the heavyweights of the genre.  I can’t think of a better way to close out the album.

Bottom-line, if you grew up listening to Drive-Thru Records and/or Victory Records, you are going to enjoy this record.  The album does get bogged down with some mediocre songs in the middle, but for the most part, Killing. Mourning. Love. acts as mixtape of the best moments during the early millennium’s emo movement.  Hit play, and let the nostalgia flood in.

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Victory In Numbers
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October, 2010
VICTORY IN NUMBERS has one of the best releases of 2010 with Killing. Mourning. Love., and by a first impression you should already be able to tell that this band is special.  They bring emo back to the days when it had more passion and heart, thinking back to early Taking Back Sunday, early The Academy Is.., early Jimmy Eay World, among others, while having enough modern... (read more)