Bassist Max Green comments on the sound of the album: People are going to be blown away and definitely surprised when they hear Craig's vocals mixed with Escape's diverse sound. This is the next generation of rock. [...] We've been through a lot of shit this last year, and we took all that anger, frustration and sadness and molded it into an album with huge rock choruses, in your face riffs and melodies, and drums that will give your parents a heart attack. This new album isn't going to be a hardcore metal album and it's not going to be a soft melodic album, we are who we are, we are Escape the Fate.
—Max Green, The album debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard 200, selling 13,000 copies in the first week.
Starting on September 2, 2008, fans of Escape the Fate went to a special page on Buzznet to help unlock "the first track" off of This War Is Ours. Once the page had 50,000 viewers at the same time, the new song was then released to play and download for free. In order for a user's "page view" to be considered a contribution to the counter, the page had to remain open and active. Other sites could be used through different tabs or new windows, as long as the Buzznet page stayed open. Because this was a difficult task, fans were asked to "tell everyone [they] know to come to [the] page" in an attempt to reach 50,000 views as fast as possible. About 30 hours after the project started, the new song titled "The Flood" was unlocked and was also available for free download to anyone (whether they participated or not).
On October 1, 2008, the band released "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)" for download.
The official video for "Something" was released to MTV on January 12, 2009.
The video for the album's third single "10 Miles Wide" was released June 9, 2009.
"This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)" is the fourth single off the album. The video was shot in Santa Ana, Califorina on January 9, 2010. The video was released along with the deluxe edition of the album on April 27, 2010.
Deluxe Special EditionEdit
In an interview with Max and Craig, they stated that they would re-release This War Is Ours with a bonus disc with many different features not seen before.
The CD includes two new songs, "Bad Blood" and "Behind the Mask", an acoustic version of "Harder Than You Know", and a remix called "This War Is Mine" by Clown of Slipknot. It also comes with a DVD that features the music videos to "The Flood", "Something", "10 Miles Wide", and "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)". It also comes with a world tour documentary and a behind the music feature. The deluxe edition was released on April 27, 2010.
There is a typo in the insert booklet for "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)", the lyrics for "10 Miles Wide" are listed. However, "10 Miles Wide" has the correct lyrics printed.
For the "10 Miles Wide" video on the DVD, any time a curse word is said that word is censored. However, the official video for "10 Miles Wide" on Epitaph Records' YouTube channel is not censored. Behind the Music and the European Tour (featured on the DVD) also do not censor curse words.
- "We Won't Back Down"
- "On to the Next One"
- "The Flood"
- "Let It Go"
- "You Are So Beautiful"
- "This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)"
- "10 Miles Wide" (featuring Josh Todd of Buckcherry)
- "Harder Than You Know"
- "It's Just Me"
- "Bad Blood"
- "Behind the Mask"
- "Harder Than You Know" (Acoustic)
- "This War Is Mine" (Shawn Crahan Remix)
Escape the FateEdit
- Craig Mabbitt - lead vocals
- Bryan Money - lead & rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar, keyboards and backing vocals
- Max Green - bass guitar and backing vocals
- Robert Ortiz - drums, percussion and backing vocals
- Josh Todd - vocals on track 9 and 10
- Julian Feldmann - additional vocals
- Benji Madden - additional vocals
- Matt Appleton - keyboards, synthesizers, horn, ukelele, churango and vocals
- John Feldmann - keyboards, percussion, programming and vocals
- Kyle Moorman - kalimba and vocals
- Jess Neilson - flute
- Shawn Crahan - remixing on "This War Is Mine"
- Produced, Engineered and Mixed by John Feldmann
- Credits Directed by Brett Allen
- Credits Directed by David Neely
- Credits Directed by Adam Topol
- Engineered by Matt Appleton
- Engineered by Kyle Moorman
- Art Direction and Illustrations by Casey Howard
- Drum Technician by John Nicholson
- Management by Joey Simmrin