I had only vague knowledge of this band, but once I gave it a spin I knew it for what it was – a brutal thrashing in your stereo! My goodness.
Every track pummels you breathless with aggression and melodic metal. Lots of screamo vocals, which I don’t always go for, but the tunefulness here makes up for any time they get too much. If I were to be unfair and compare them to other bands, I definitely hear Sevendust and many of their ilk, but there’s death metal in here too to give it more edge. When the dude sings cleaner I hear (oddly) Zack De La Rocha. Interesting.
Monster riffs, lithe and roiling guitar lines as well mixed in with the heavy chugging, and a bottom end built to destroy. No questioning the musicianship here.
This is a 2CD set, with CD1 the album proper, and CD2 containing two other live tracks (from an earlier album called The Oncoming Storm). The live stuff proves this band not only destroys in your stereo, they’ll do it to you in person if you go see them in concert, as well.
Whew! This was a punishing listen, but I really do appreciate what they do, and I can give it thumbs up to anyone into this kind of metal assault.