It’s taken me awhile to digest this album much like it took me awhile to digest Mongrel. But after months of tuning in and out of the album I finally took a good listen and I have to say, I love this album.
Regardless of how great the album really is, The Number 12 is an acquired taste. So, needless to say, Nuclear. Sad. Nuclear and Mongrel took me awhile to get into. But, honestly, I never liked the former so much. Mongrel was OK for me but it wasn’t an album that would stay in my CD player for too long. As much as I wanted to love it, the problem was, I couldn’t stay interested long enough. Sure, Mongrel had it’s moments, but it was a flawed effort and I felt annoyed at the vocals quite honestly. I love the idea behind them, but the constant high-pitched screams definitely have me a headache and that’s partly why I had trouble consistently listening to it.
Mongrel wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t perfect. This album had everything I wanted from Mongrel. The high pitched vocals are still there, but this time around, they’re not anywhere near as annoying. Probably because they’re a lot more cushioned then they were before. Mongrel had very raw sounding vocals. Also we have a lot more deep growling in this album and it complements the screams very nicely.
Glory Kingdom starts it off, and it’s definitely one of my favorites. It’s not a melodic as some of the other tracks, but it’s just way too catchy not to love. Once it gets to the creepy interlude of the song where “my sword longs to be wrapped with flesh” is chanted, you’ll just get mesmerized but the creepiness of the song and the amazing cymbal-work of Jon Karel, who, in my opinion, is one of the best drummers out there right now.
The rest of the album experiments a lot more with the jazz aspects of The Number 12, and it’s just so well done that I was simply floored. Simply put, this is my favorite release by them and I feel like they’re peaking now.
I love the talent in Mongrel, but I love the song writing and creativeness in Worse Than Alone even more. If you’re a Number 12 fan, or a mathcore fan, or just want to hear something different, then check this album out.