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Chiodos

Chiodos


Genre: post-hardcore
Label: Razor & Tie
Released: 4/1/2014

Chiodos
“Devil”
Post-Hardcore
by: Gabe Nye

            If you are reading this review, then you are probably familiar with Chiodos, and you know that this is a review that doesn’t need to be written. If you’ve ever been a fan of the band then you should be ecstatic to listen to this album. This release features the return of original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost. Since Owens’s last record with the band, he has released an EP as the vocalist for Cinematic Sunrise, another EP as one of the vocalists in supergroup Isles & Glaciers, and an LP with the band Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.). Each of the projects that he’s been a part of has been phenomenal and has been enough to keep fans satisfied, but with his return to Chiodos, the scene exploded.

Devil is an album that seems to take everything that Owens has learned since his departure from the band in 2009 and incorporates it into everything the band has worked for since their formation. The lyrical themes of this album describe the struggles of everyday life, no matter how big or small they may seem. This is where the album title came from. According to Owens, the definition of ‘devil’ that is to be associated with this album is the challenges that we face every day, and the temptations that are put in our way. The lyrics certainly reflect this, and prove to be a more mature rendition of the Chiodos lyrics that we’re so familiar with.

The sound of the album is everything the listener could want it to be. The post-hardcore elements that have previously brought the band to #5 on the Billboard 200 make a return that crescendo into an energy that acts as the entire backbone to the album. There are songs that sound like Chiodos, there are songs that sound like D.R.U.G.S., and there’s even a song that sounds like it could have come straight from Welcome to the Black Parade. No matter the style that the band took with these tracks, each one is executed perfectly.

This album has earned a solid four and a half stars in my book, as I consider it to be the band’s most mature and impressive release to date. With the return of Owens and Frost, there’s not much more anyone could wish for. This is an album that’s been on repeat for the last weekend, and I’m sure will be on repeat for days to come. This album has definitely earned a personal recommendation, and makes me excited to see what the guys can come up with next.

5stars

POP DEFATORS RECOMMENDS: “Duct Tape”