Top positive review
on 25 April 2012
Another consistent album with a handful of very good tracks. The style has changed slightly from The Almalgamut, it's less heavy and brash but just as confident. The subject matter also helps to calm things down and creates a sombre ambience that suits the mellower tracks. However it still does have a few up-tempo moments and loud guitars are the order of the day - just not too loud.
'Soldiers of Misfortune' starts everything off perfectly. It is one of the best tracks on the album and plays a nice balance between heavy rock and industrial, whilst also being a perfect mainstream single, complete with a very good chorus. And it feels worthy as opposed to simply jumping on the bandwagon of Bush administration-hating. 'What Next' is another winner. Great chorus, it's more of a heavy track with some searing vocals by Patrick. 'The Wake' is not as good as the first 2 but is still a great song. 'Cold(Anthem for the Damned) sits well as a title track of sorts. Again it does pretty much the same job as those tracks that preceded it with an outstanding chorus. 'Hatred...' is quite tuneful insomuch as you'll be humming the chorus quite quickly after hearing it. 'Lie after lie' is equally as contagious, more stripped down and acoustic for the most part. And 'Kill the Day' has a similar vibe, it's quite sunny and strummy. But all very good.
After the first 7 tracks the quality becomes less consistent. 'The Take' is ok but could have been shaved from the final cut in my opinion. 'I Keep Flowers Around' i cannot seem to gel with at all. It's a bit sprawling and angular but in a drum-machine kind of a way. Again, it's not so much bad as just not very interesting. 'In Dreams' and 'Only You' though are both very good. The first is a mid-tempo rock song similar to the opening salvo. And the latter is an excellent ballad of sorts that is one of the best songs on the album. 'Can Stop This' has the perfect title. It is another like 'The 4th' from the Amalgamut; ambient dance music with no real tune as such.
Overall on a par with The Amalgamut in quality alsthough slightly lighter and more thoughtful in tone. Not as good as the monster that is Title of Record but definitely another worthy addition the the slowly growing Filter catologue.