For those who aren’t very familiar with It Dies Today, this is not their debut recording. Their first album is called Forever Scorned, and it was released in 2001. The Caitiff Choir is their first album for Trustkill Records, but this is their second record.
If you’re expecting a complete copy of the first album, you may be dissapointed, because it definitely isn’t. Don’t worry, there are breakdowns and plenty of mosh parts, but you won’t hear them in every single song. In many cases, this usually results in a soft sophomore record, a track many bands take in order to gain more fans or sell more records. So why does this album still get four stars? Because it’s done right. IDT have managed to blend metal and hardcore intensity with pop hooks and harmonies without sounding the least bit soft. This is not an Atreyu clone by any means. IDT have their own sound and in a time where metalcore bands are more than plentiful, it’s nice to hear a band with their own sound. When the metalcore scene fades in the next few years, this band will still be making music. There’s nothing amazingly innovative or awe-inspiring, but the album hardly ever gets boring. Overall, a fun and exciting (yes, really!) album by a young band who knows what they’re doing. Can’t wait for the follow-up. Highlights include “My Promise”, “Severed Ties Yield Severed Heads”, and “The Depravity Waltz”.