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Format: Audio CD
Coming off 2011's Against the World, Winds of Plague has returned with their fourth studio effort, Resistance. As I listened to the album for the first time, there was no denying that this was a different band. Although it's only been two years since their last release, there has undoubtedly been a drastic change in their musical direction, which leaves Resistance sounding unlike anything this group has released thus far. Instead of following the usual deathcore formula heard on their first trio of albums, this latest effort is cloaked with a new hardcore sound that may wind up alienating some listeners.
Resistance opens with "Open the Gates," which kicks off the album with a soft piano piece--think "Make It Bleed" off Whitechapel's self-titled album. Unfortunately, this is the most you hear from Alana Potocnik, as Winds of Plague's symphonic elements take a back seat on their latest offering. This is unfortunate for many reasons. For starters, their strong use of keyboards is one of the things that attracted me to the band in the first place. Sure, it can still be heard occasionally, but there is no denying that it's not as prominent as it has been on past releases. As a result, the album fails to offer anything fresh to a usually redundancy-filled genre.
In addition, Resistance suffers from a severe lack of identity. As previously mentioned, Winds of Plague's fourth album is infused with a new hardcore sound. Although this helps add some variety to their discography, I couldn't shake the feeling that, at times, it sounded as if the band started writing moments after listening to every Hatebreed record ever made. The worst example would be track seven, "United Through Hatred." While the song itself is far from terrible, it sounds like something that was ripped right out of Jamey Jasta's handbook. In fact, the similarities between this record and those found on The Divinity of Purpose are astounding.
To make matters worse, there are two cuts on here that are extremely mediocre, at best. The first would be track three, "Sewer Mouth," which is just a joke from a lyrical standpoint. Giving us such gems as, "You spent your whole life sucking d**k, you should be used to this," this Vincent Bennett-assisted track is nothing to write home about. Then there is track six, "Time to Reap," which sounds chaotic and unorganized. There was no unity between the band members, and Johnny Plague sounded terribly off-beat at times. Given the fact that the band sat on this album for an entire year to make sure it was perfect, it's unfortunate that it has these issues.
With that said, though, above all else, what Winds of Plague did was deliver an album that kicks your ass from start to finish. There is never any downtime during the album's 34 minutes, and there was never a lack of energy from the group either. Once the intro transitions from the melodic piano to the screaming guitars, it's on. From that point on you can expect to have a good time, headbang--if you're into that-- and release some pent-up energy. Resistance is far from perfect, but it still manages to get the job done and make itself a worthy addition to any fan's collection.
Standout Songs: "One Foot in the Grave" & "Good Ol' Fashion Bloodbath"
Overall Score: 7/10 - Although I do have my gripes with the album, Winds of Plague's latest effort was still a blast to listen to. It's energetic and powerful in all the right places, but it tends to deviate too much from the sound they have built upon in the past. Instead, they made something that seems to draw from multiple different groups, which could be the result of a lack of creativity or a general lack of inspiration. However, while Resistance may be different, it isn't necessarily bad, and I guess that's a good thing, right?