The Unbeliever

How good is The Unbeliever on a scale of 1-10?


  • Total voters
    55

srfc

Ancient Mariner
Conversely, the small bridge linking the intro to the first verse (0:21-0:34) is awful and could have been made much better. The fact that it appears twice in the song is enough to bring it from a 10 right down to an 8.

It's also literally the melody of a guitar tuning up, i.e it's the 6th string open, followed by the fifth, followed by the 4th followed by the 3rd and then the sequence reversed.
 

Jer

Yes, Yes, Another Beer!
A peppy intro gives way to a monumentally stupid guitar-tuning bit, which rolls into an odd-rhythm verse that was probably a good idea in paper but doesn't work at all in reality, IMO.

The pre-chorus would be OK, but Blaze is off-key with inconsistent delivery again. Then the chorus kicks in and Blaze tries and fails to sing beyond his range, so he sounds just horrible.

The multi-part musical break after the chorus is very nice, with tasteful solos, before returning to the intro and flowing into the verse and chorus again.

Blaze continues to blow chunks on the chorus, and then we come back to the intro and finish off the album on that awful guitar-tuning bit again. Blecch.

If it weren't for the strong musical break in the middle, I would have rated this lower. 4/10.
 

Desdemona

Trooper
I have grown to like how Blaze sings here, especially with the chorus he sounds like he's really feeling the lyrics and it makes me overlook him struggling at times. Now some of the random changes were awkward (like in the intro) and could have been left out. But I like the mood of the song. It's dark and fits in with the album but it's also hopeful so it works nicely as the last track. 8/10
 

Shmoolikipod

What are we, but men without eyes?
Very odd almost monotonic verses are the glaring issue about this song. But you know on the second go after the (pretty good) middle section it's much better. Jumping in with that nice intro and into these hard heavy verses make it tiring at the start. The switch from the verse to the slow chorus is also very sudden but because it's not much different in terms of speed it drags it on even more, and I think it fits the song well.

Fast chorus is the best part, that's when the song gets interesting, although I don't think it would be good to jump from the heavy verse to the fast chorus, the slow chorus acts like a bridge between them. Also I love the guitars before the fast chorus and they make me think of Judas Priest :duckie:

At the end it feels much longer than Paschendale and maybe even Legacy, just because it's much less dynamic.

I think I'll raise it to 8, it has some problems but it works great as a whole imo
 

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
A great opening leads to a great performance from Blaze with some really good lyrics that lead to a weaker but still strong chorus. The instrumental section is the highlight here, feeling like a summation of the entire album. "The Unbeliever" isn't as good as some of the other songs on The X Factor, but it's still very strong and a great closer. 8
 

Formula409

Invader
This one should have been a B-side. I get that they went experimental and thats’s great and all, but the result is just a mess.
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
Interesting intro. The chorus where Blaze sings powerful is great. The highlight is the middle part for sure - great melodic riffs. After that part it has a short fast riff (which is great..., I wished that riff was present 'till the end). A different kind of song for the band. It's not a strong album closer. 6/10
 

Murder of Rue Morgue

Educated Fool
The dumbest way to waste the best instrumental I have ever listened by them. The darkness of the solo section and the depth of Janick's harmonic at the beginning of his solo are amazing. The rest of the song is pure shit, the only exception being, potentially, the acoustic chorus.

4/10, and I'm not lowering it to 3 thanks to the instrumental only.
 

Eliot1988

Educated Fool
The lyrics seem to be an internal dialogue of someone who
is in an identity crisis. Torturing questions arise
framed in a musical sum that gives them almost ironic
tone.
subject
At the end of the track, Harris is heard saying, "That's the one! Nig,
I said, let’s go listen to it! ” ("This is Nig [Nigel Green - co-producer],
I said, let's go listen to it! ").
 
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