"The Delusionist" (Hotfoot Records; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


In a music world that's too often overwhelmed with spongerock, when an album like Deciding Tonight's "The Delusionist" comes around, it's cause for at least a little rejoicing.

At first glance "The Delusionist" is just another CD that sounds like the other screamo bands out there. There are elements of Thursday, Taking Back Sunday and maybe even some Atreyu to be found here. But Deciding Tonight's clear and tight vocals,  driving guitar sounds and overall energetic performance are further enhanced by unique moments that make "The Delusionist" different. A suddenly different rhythm, an unexpected guitar riff or an unanticipated keyboard fill gives the entire CD a feel of its own, yet never one that steps too far away from the band's genre.

Fans of the previously mentioned bands will find plenty to enjoy on "The Delusionist," as will those who like the familiar modern sound with a slightly different twist. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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