I FAIL play a sort of post-punk dark hardcore that isn't afraid to be melodic. In some ways you could even suggest this is melodic hardcore, but that shouldn't be a bad thing. There was a time when melodic hardcore didn't mean pop-punk or even that it was "happy".
A few early 90's bands come to mind, again bands that kind of took that post punk approach to their hardcore. Remember when emo meant HEROIN and not Dashboard Confessional? I think that's where we are going here. And there is always the dark hardcore underbelly that keeps I FAIL interesting to me. This darkness of which I speak is a two fold attack one point the back up vocals and the other being the shredding guitars and the tones used. The screamed back-up vocals are the modern edge to main vocal that at times is again, even melodic in delivery. Really well done. Together they provide for sing along opportunities and some air guitar even.
I found this to be a powerful record and worthy of several spins. This will be one that stays in my personal collection for future enjoyment.
But...I do have questions. There is a pro-American/Republican, Christian, stance to some of the lyrics and imagery that I found a bit distracting. On the other hand though, something tells me this is a bit tongue in cheek. I tried to find some info online regarding this but came up with nothing.