I think this is one of the few bands that has yet to receive the recognition they deserve. Their first debut album, The Stings of Conscious was a superb first effort. Years have passed since that album met with a record label change from Eulogy to Metal Blade as well as a new drummer Mike Justain (the Red Chord). Whether you are familiar with that band or not, this guy is a pro and adds a whole new dynamic to the band. The guitar work is tight and very well done, improving even on the high standards set by TSOC. The riffs are original and melodies are excellently intertwined amongst the breakdowns. And the breakdowns are SICK – at least 2 or 3 per song and they are all unique and rhythmically tight. Just download “This Lying World” to hear what I am talking about. The vocals are also an improvement over TSOC. Trevor’s lyrics have always been good but on this album they are less abstract here. Unlike a lot bands today, particularly ones in this genre, they actually sing about issues of relevance and importance, about the state of this world and where we are headed if we continue these destructive trends. No dragons or crying over ex girlfriends here. The lyrics are pissed off as all hell and it does nothing but compliment the scope of this bands’ art. As far as the new record label goes, the production quality on this cd is ages ahead of what is heard on TSOC. I consider myself to be pretty picky when it comes to audio production but they got this right on. I’m making no understatement when I say the production on this cd is damn near PERFECT for this band’s sound. My only complaint would be the clichéd “soft” track titled “Aries.” I mean, it’s good…it just seems rather out of place, same with the acoustic ending of “Black Hearts Now Reign.” This band is about brutal metalcore and this record exemplifies it by pounding you into submission. This is definitely one of the best releases this year. If you have any respect for yourself and loud music, you owe it to yourself to pick up this album.
An open letter to heidi kakes,
Justain’s talent on this album shines through just as much if not stronger than in Fused Together. Also, there aren’t 10 breakdowns per song. You just couldn’t handle the couple that are there.
p.p.s. using the “open letter format” in reviews is lame. If people did that in the 80’s, it wasn’t cool then and it isn’t cool now.