Published Jun 10, 2008Using the term "frail to describe metal-influenced hardcore seems more emotive than throwdown. Yet with their second album, New Jerseys the Clone feel the isolation and desperation unearthed in these 12 songs reveals their fragile nature. Unfortunately, despite the inevitably furious pace, throaty vocals and crunchy guitars, the album fails to build upon what their acclaimed debut, Each Breath Haunted, achieved. Not that its a step backwards but more a shuffling of their metalcore feet. The same Hatebreed atmosphere pervades everything, albeit with more of a squealing vocal attack, as opposed to Jamey Jastas roar. This results in the sentiment that Frailty is a stable work but not a crucial addition to ones catalogue. Instead of being the support beam of metalcore, its just another rivet, an element of the overall structure. And were it to pop out, most probably wouldnt notice.