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This review is from: Kingdom Of Sorrow (Audio CD)
Pehaps an acquired taste that can best be described as a mix of Hardcore & Doom Metal (or more accurately Hatebreed meets Crowbar) that should appeal to both your Black Sabbath devotees and to your Agnostic Front/Biohazard fans.
I enjoyed it - it was a bit different lyrically to the impression that the album artwork gave though. The battle/fantasy cover suggested something perhaps more in Candlemass or even Dimmu Borgir waters but the lyrics struck me as a slightly less confrontational/more introspective take on Jamey Jasta's scribing for Hatebreed.
Vocals were just a LITTLE more varied from Jasta than heard with HB with just a faint touch of melody and were complimented by the more dulcet tones of Kirk Windstein of Crowbar. The dual vocal approach worked well with both singers often crossing slightly into each others style.
Musically, again, very solid with a good variety of tempos ranging from Metalcore breakdowns to doom laden riffs up to 100mph adrenalin rushes. Some good riffs, the odd generic one or two, and the occasional GREAT riff. Leads are sparse but effective when used, and fairly melodic. Excellent gutar tone always though. Bass is fat and chunky, not overtly flashy, but very heavy none the less. Good drums with decent snare sound and some harsh but again never OTT double bass drumming.
Production is perfect for this; organic but never sounding too raw either. A different approach from producer Zeuss, this time sounding a bit more 'epic'.
Sometimes Hatebreed can be just a little too full on so this may appeal if you like Jasta's primary band but can't cope with a full length album of that level of intensity.
Hopefully this isn't a one off, as although far from perfect, there is a bright future!
It's certainly encouraged me to invest in some Crowbar, take another look at Corrosion Of Conformity, and reacquaint myself with the likes of Sabbath & Candlemass.