thats about all i have to say. to even compare korn or trapped to this is a disgrace to darkest hour, and metal in general. this album will blow you away with how far theyve come. best metal album of the year no doubt.
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Yea I agree with the other guy, its not quite the cd of the decade but it is the best cd that has come out this year and that is saying something. And Franky I must state again your are really gay. Not because of ur ranking or anything just because you are trying to tell me that KORN!!!! the epitamy of sell outs along with trapt and 3 days grace (two of the worst bands to hit the market in years) are better than darkest hour. If you were a musician, which definitly you are not by the way you talk, you would appreciate the music more if you had any understanding of how much they have progressed over the years. And to say that the drummer is mediocre at best just makes you even look dumber. the drummers from the bands you are talking about couldnt come close to keeping up with him. and the solos that mike plays are a lot better than you think, but of course you wouldnt know anything about that now would ya. Sorry but you dont need to be saying stuff about bands if you dont know anything about music. Go back to ur 4/4 Korn and stay out of true metal you dumbf***!
Anyone who has seen advertisements for this album knows that it was being touted as “album of the decade” before it was even released. It’s not quite album of the decade, might be album of the year, but one thing’s for sure: this is the most balanced and focused Darkest Hour release yet. When the first track breaks into full stride about a minute in, 2 things are aparent: Wonderful production (by way of Mr. Townsend) and harmony. Gone (mostly) is the DH “Wall of Noise” sound they have become famous for. The aid of Devin Townsend has led the band to write fewer songs that were drawn out longer than necessary (like on “Hidden Hands…”) and develop a tighter, more unified sound and writing style. I’m glad to see them structuring their songs instead of just thrashing non stop. The single, “Convelescence”, is their most mainstream song yet – and I mean that in the loosest way possible. Though John Henry uses cleaner vocals in parts, it is still an undeniably powerful and heavy song. The intro to “This Will Outlive Us” may be the heaviest part of the record – Slayer immediatly comes to mind. The indisputible high point of the record, however, is “Low.” For the first time in their careers, they have tuned their guitars down from drop C, and it makes for a remarkably good tune. Sure, most Darkest Hour songs sound the same – they have never been ones for variety – but this is still a remarkable record and the highlight of their careers. I forsee this becoming a benchmark in American metal, and the standard for metalcore for a long time to come.
Favorite Tracks: “With a Thousand Words…”, “Low”, “District Divided”
Ok, so I just bought this album and I can’t explain the absolute bewilderment that an album could be this good. Darkest Hour’s first EP was an introduction leading to the epic “The Mark Of The Judas”, which in my opinion is very similar to this CD in its energy and power. Next came So Sedated, So Secure, an excellent follow up to TMOTJ, and next in my opinion their worst album Hidden Hands Of A Sadist Nation. After reading the other reviews on this website I was suprised to see how many people thought that HHOASN is Darkest Hour’s best CD… Personally, I think it has very little melodic thought and musicality other than Veritas, Aequitas.
Anways… getting back to the subject matter of this CD. Every song on this CD other than district divided seems to have a unique quality unparalled by any other Darkest Hour CD. With the great suspension part in With A Thousand Words To Say But One, and the crazy fast solo in Sound The Surrender, Darkest Hour really shows that this is the metal album of the decade.
Here’s my breakdown of the songs..
1. With A Thousand Words To Say But One – 10/10 (Great chorus and harmony with the most suspensful part in the entire CD)
2. Convalescence – 9/10 (Cool solo, but after listening to it enough times it just gets old)
3. This Will Outlive Us – 7/10 (Eh, almost random solo that doesn’t have a true flow and nothing else to really make it better)
4. Sound The Surrender – 10/10 (Best… Solo… Ever…)
5. Pathos – 9/10 (Great break from the constant hard metal)
6. Low – 8/10 (Not really pronounced and mediocre lyrics compared to other songs)
7. Ethos – 7/10 (To tell you the truth, I had no idea this song was on the cd the first couple times, I thought it was part of Low)
8. District Divided – 6/10 (Worst Song on the album, no unique features or solos, very boring)
9. These Fevered Times – 10/10 (Amazing solo, great chorus, all around spectacular song that gets stuck in your head)
10. Paradise – 10/10 (Gloomy lyrics, no pun intended, but amazing nonetheless)
11. Tranquil – 10/10 (This finishes off the triple hit of songs to make the end of this CD amazing.)
In the world of music it is truly unfortunate that some genres lack an accomplished quality of musicianship as a result of becoming diluted with bands that are ordinary, and worse yet, untalented. This seems to be the fate that has befell the metalcore genre, as it, more so than any other metal style, is overflowing with bands who have undeservingly received a record contract. Furthermore, this level of sub-mediocrity within metalcore further adds insult to injury by having the hordes of untalented bands thrust upon the listener by Headbangers Ball, which manages to dedicate a generous portion of air time to the videos of bands that are best left unsigned.
With that said, Darkest Hour is a WELCOMED exception to the preceding statement! This is a band that is not only talented, but possesses the ability to write incredible songs. “Undoing Ruin” is an album which showcases the bands proficiency for songwriting in all of its glory. Even individuals who are not fans of the metalcore genre will likely enjoy “Undoing Ruin,” as many of the songs on the album are fairly catchy and listener friendly. Make no mistake about it though, “Undoing Ruin” is an intense, aggressive, fast, and heavy album. Furthermore, it manages to be a standout album for a number of reasons.
First, the production is SOLID! For this, we must thank the great Devin Townsend (of Strapping Young Lad Fame). Devin Townsend is the consummate musician: a proficient songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Sometimes it seems that he can do no wrong. “Undoing Ruin” is yet another chapter of brilliant production added to Mr. Townsend’s impressive resume. The sound of “Undoing Ruin” is outstanding, as each of the instruments shines through with clarity. In addition, the album has a controlled-chaotic feel to it. By this I’m referring to the fact that “Undoing Ruin” has many moments where it is so aggressive that it would appear to be on the verge of spiraling out of control, but Mr. Townsend’s production abilities manages to allow this chaotic feel to be ever present while maintaining a degree of order that makes each song coherent.
Second, the songs are outstanding! With “Undoing Ruin,” Darkest Hour has managed to create an album that one could listen to from beginning to end…its that good. There are no fillers on this album, each song is an excellent composition of aggression and speed, which will no doubt appeal to fans of speed/thrash metal as well as metalcore fans. As an enormous fan of death metal (the most extreme genre of music), even my appetite for brutal music is somewhat satiated with “Undoing Ruin.”
Third, (and most important) John Henry has an outstanding voice. His vocals are fairly brutal and manage to perfectly capture the intensity of the music contained on “Undoing Ruin.” A few octaves lower and his vocals may qualify as death growls. The vocals on this album are far and away the highlight of “Undoing Ruin,” as it seems that it is the vocals which ruin most metalcore albums. Henry displays an amazing degree of control over his voice (rather than screaming forcibly and uncontrollably). Furthermore, he has a unique vocal style for this genre of music, as his vocals border on growls rather than mere screams.
Fourth, with “Undoing Ruin” Darkest Hour breaks away from the typical and predictable song arrangement that plagues most metalcore albums (i.e., aggressive verse consisting of grinding guitars and screaming vocals, followed by a more mellow chorus comprised of clean vocals). “Undoing Ruin” is intense and aggressive from beginning to end.
Though an excellent album, “Undoing Ruin” does have a flaw – a lack of breaks between many of the songs. This can be somewhat annoying, as the lack of pauses between songs create some confusion concerning where one song ends and another begins. Though each song is unique and distinct, the ending of certain songs serve as a bridge to the beginning of the next song, which manages to make the two songs sound like one long song rather than distinct entities. Given the solid production of the album, I feel as though this was intentional and meant to be a stylistic component of “Undoing Ruin.” However, this is only a minor flaw that will be remedied after only a few listens.
In conclusion, “Undoing Ruin” is an album worth owning. It is unfortunate that Darkest Hour (like Trivium) will never achieve the degree of success that they deserve. This is not due to a lack of quality of musicianship, rather it is due to the musical tastes of fans toward the mainstream. With “Undoing Ruin,” Darkest Hour has proven (at least to me) that they stand alongside Killswitch Engage, Atreyu, Lamb of God, Unearth, and All That Remains as the most elite metalcore bands. It will be interesting to see how Darkest Hour develops in the future. I have not heard any of their previous work, but if “Undoing Ruin” is any indication of what we can expect from this band, we are in for one hell of a ride!