Review of “The Pond” by Break Me Down

Review by Joshua Becker | October 15, 2019

Hailing from Milano, Italy, (the same place as Lacuna Coil), this band is an alternative metal band, formed in 2017- so, relatively new to the scene. Interestingly enough, this band has been the opening act for Lacuna Coil twice, and I hear certain elements of Lacuna Coil, not throughout, but in certain songs- particularly the ballad-type ones- whether intentional or not, I don’t know.

At first listen, it reminds me a bit of Paramore, and the lead singer, Irene Franco sounds vocally, like Hayley Williams of Paramore at times.

You can hear the heavy bass guitar and drums kicking in at certain moments of the songs, indicative of metal. Though I feel because of the lack of constant heavy guitars and drums, this album would be more of a hard rock than metal.

There are two tracks, for me that really stand out “Your Game” and “The Noose”. “Your Game” stands out because of the very catchy chorus, and it makes this song something memorable, and I can see why it was the first single to be released. “The Noose” is another song that stands out for me, partly because the instrumentation is rather catchy, but this one also has a very catchy chorus.

Throughout this whole album, I can really feel how much time and energy the band put into this album, and I can hear the soul Irene sings from.

One thing I found rather interesting, with the production of the album, the songs’ instrumentals seem to get more heavy as I progress through the album. It’s as if the songs’ stories grow darker in meaning with each passing track. Great job on that one!

The only critique I have, not being a huge fan of alternative metal is maybe adding more bass guitars, more heavy riffs, and just more that would make this album seem metal, rather than a punk-ish type rock.

At any rate, I really did like this album overall, and just wish it had more of a metal vibe to it, but overall, the production is great, vocals are clear and don’t sound like they were recorded in a basement. This actually seems like a professional in-studio recording. Kudos for that!

I look forward to hearing another album or tracks in the future, just to see what you took from my review.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5
*Giving less points only because of the lack of heaviness.

“The Pond” comes out officially on Thursday, October 17th 2019.
You can listen to them in every digital store.

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NEWS: Break Me Down Releases Video for ‘Your Game’

Posted by Jessica Clingempeel (15.09.2019)

Break Me Down releases their new lyric video for the song ‘Your Game’ which will be part of their new album ‘The Pond’ out on October 17th.

The song takes on the world’s insecurities and issues. Everyday we see violence and hate crime because of the many differences of people be it race, religion, lifestyle, etc. I recently watched a film based on Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend, a goth couple that were attacked for being “different”. Unfortunately Sophie’s horrific injuries ended her young life. Even though we are ending the year 2019 we still face discrimination something many have tried to eradicate for years. Something that may never be. We may not fit the mold others want us to be, but we need to learn to ignore the hate and to love ourselves.

The message in this video is powerful. The instruments mesh well together and compliment Irene’s voice well which are clear and easy to hear and understand. If this song is an example to what is to come of the album, there should be no disappointments.

Laerte says: “we live in a world where people do not feel comfortable with differences: color of the skin, language, religion, disability, faith, sex … love. “Your Game” invites each one of us to look around and understand that, these dissimilarities, instead of making us feel bad, can enrich us.. if we only accept  and welcome them as they are.”

Watch the lyric video below and follow Break Me Down on Facebook.