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Death Will Reign (2013)
by: Gabe Nye
listening to when you want to be in a good mood the rest of the day. Their music is
heavier than most people have ever heard, and despite being an openly Christian
band, their lyrics are some of the darkest I’ve ever read. Whenever I suggest them to
a friend I always tell them to listen with a grain of salt, because they’re a band to be
was their heaviest album to date, save their debut album Nailed. Dead. Risen. which
many disregard for some reason. From the very first song, the tone of the entire
album is set. A dark, grungy, aggressive sound permeates every track and
immediately becomes the overall atmosphere of the album.
stroke after another, the aggressiveness of the album is entirely driven by the guitar.
At times, however, drummer Brandon Trahan’s blast beats add the final element to
create a symphony of energetic death metal that makes you want to throw down.
Not to mention Brook Reeve’s vocals are better than ever. His lows have gotten
lower and his highs have gotten higher and more powerful. With his vocals at their
best and a resounding bass for them to ride on, the sound this album gives off is
sound of Death Will Reign is powerful and jaw dropping, the music itself is nothing
impressive. The songs are very choppy, as though the band tried to incorporate
multiple elements to a single track, and ended up forcing them in. Random silences
that don’t make sense, incredibly simple and (after ten tracks) boring guitar riffs,
and a failed attempt at adding cinematic piano to bits of the album, the overall lack
of technicality cannot be hidden by power alone.
release. However, Death Will Reign was not their best album, and I would say that
it’s arguably their worst one yet. The way the songs were put together didn’t make
any sense, and the whole thing was fairly bland after a while. However, the lyrics
were fantastic, and that’s enough to push this album up to a solid three stars. Not
the greatest album for those who love good music, but a great album for releasing
anger and finding great lyrics to tweet.
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