ALBUM REVIEW: Kingdom Of Giants - 'All The Hell You've Got To Spare'

WRITTEN BY:  ALLEEN HUGHES

Release Date:  May 05, 2017

Debuting their sophomore label album on May 5th, metal band Kingdom of Giants have certainly boosted their capabilities with “All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare.”  ATHYGTP gives the listener hefty breakdowns, strong and solid vocals that are accompanied with profound bass leads; all of which are significant components to create a successful metal album.   The InVogue Records band have shown a vast maturation with this new album in not just their personal and intimate lyrics, but finding their true inner sound that makes them proud of this production as a whole.  It is these 11 songs that give Kingdom of Giants the well deserved spot out of the “Up and Coming” category and onto the same level as some of the big names in their genre such as In Hearts Wake and Wage War.  Throwing in a twist with a track mixed with a rap flow, ‘Lowlife’ was the only negative to the album with the luster it was lacking when rap and metal combine forces.  But one song doesn’t ruin an album and therefore the remaining 10 tracks are nothing but outstanding and impressionable such as ‘Runaway’ and ‘Lost Cause.’  

‘All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare’ is a superb return for Kingdom of Giants since their 2014 album ‘Ground Culture.’  This one is for you if you’re looking for an album that contains lyrics that keep you engaged from start to finish meanwhile administering sharp and vigorous instrumentals.   

9/10

Track List:

1.  Cash Out

2.  Lowlife

3.  Damaged Goods

4.  Bored To Death

5.  Runaway

6.  Shade

7.  Tunnel Vision (feat. JT Cavey)

8.  Lost Cause

9.  Motif

10.  Speakeasy

11.  Gray Area


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ALBUM REVIEW: Terror - "The Walls Will Fall"

WRITTEN BY:  ALLEEN HUGHES

Release Date:  April 28, 2017

Dread, shock, and intimidation are all words that can be used in replace of “terror.”  Makes perfect sense in reference to world famous hardcore band, Terror.  Since forming in 2002, the band has released 6 intense and legendary albums including their latest 2015 release ‘The 25th Hour’ via Victory Records.  Following a temporary absence from frontman Scott Vogel in 2016 due to neck surgery, Terror is back with a new EP titled ‘The Walls Will Fall;’ the band’s first release since signing to Pure Noise Records this past December.  

Being no strangers to heaviness, Terror opens up the 5 track EP with ‘Balance The Odds,’ a less than 2 minute masterpiece solid with gang vocals, thick bass riffs, and a breakdown that puts your mindset in the pit.  Offering up the most raw form of hardcore you can take, ‘Kill ‘em off’ and ‘No Love Lost’ showcase that Vogel is just as strong as ever with his vicious tone and enraged intentions.  Keeping true to their blend of hardcore, punk and thrash, ‘Step To You’ signs off the album with an energy that gives you reason to loop it around one more time because once just wasn’t enough.

Terror have clearly made their point across in those all-out nine minutes.  Although being considered a veteran band in the hardcore scene, they still have the strength and music to keep themselves prominent in a genre that is filled with tons of young blood thirsty to take over that reigning spot.  It’s been a long road for the guys but the bumps are behind them and they are back and just as solid as before.

8/10

Track List:

  1. Balance The Odds
  2. Kill ‘em Off
  3. The Walls Will Fall
  4. No Love Lost
  5. Step To You

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ALBUM REVIEW: While She Sleeps - 'You Are We'

WRITTEN BY:  ALLEEN HUGHES

Hailing from the UK, While She Sleeps have certainly made a name for themselves this year.  Not just for the album itself but also for the process of creating “You Are We.”  The band wanted to ensure this album sent out the message of who they are in terms of recording and funding.  The band self funded this album with help from their fans through a PledgeMusic campaign.  In addition to that, the 5-piece converted an empty warehouse studio into a multi-purpose studio. “There’s always been a very DIY aspect to this band,”explains vocalist Lawrence ‘Loz’ Taylor, “so going it alone a bit more now just reiterates that to everyone.”  With this dedication, a true genre dominating album was constructed.

Right of the bat you are greeted with a very clean intro that made me take a double look at who I was listening to.  I thought my player had accidentally started playing From Autumn To Ashes, but its that similar and that attention grabbing as FATA music can be.  Paired with crispy screams and fast drum pedals, songs such as ‘You Are We’ and ‘Feel’ cruise through from beginning to end with an enduring pace.  But not all tracks have this same feel.  It’s with songs such as ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Settle Down Society’ that give a clean blend of up tempo with parts including slowed down drums and bass riffs that make these tracks good candidates for radio play as well as a good match to multiple genre tour packages. 

With several play throughs I came to notice that group chorus lines are a few too many.  It’s understandable for bands to have multiple group chorus’ tracks for the fact of when these songs will be performed live, it gives the band a better chance for more crowd participation but on an album and back to back may cause the listener to want to skip over to the next track due to the song sounding similar to the one before. With the ability lead guitarist Sean Long has on this album, some repetitive gang vocals could have been replaced with more pedal effects from Long as he has that aptitude to keep listeners attention.  One vast improvement from While She Sleep’s EP “The North Stands For Nothing” is the increase in sound from drummer Adam Savage.  ‘Revolt’ proves this entirely.  Harder bass pedals in team with crunchy bass riffs from Aaran McKenzie send your mind directly to where the bands own mindset was when putting this jam packed album together.  

It’s the stable yet scratchy vocals, immaculate guitar sounds, and profound bass leads combined with proficient drums, “You Are We” is going to be making top lists for the year 2017.  The band made a wise move by selecting “Silence Speaks” featuring Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon as one of the preorder releases of this album.  It left fans asking for more of this progression from the band and eager to hear the rest. While She Sleeps have officially acquired the right sound for them.  With their debut EP, the metalcore influence was always there but it is with this full length that they have mastered their music and are now ready to show everyone this achievement.  

Check out their video below for "Silence Speaks" feat. Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon:

Release Date:  April 21, 2017

Rating:  9/10

Track Listing:

  1. You Are We
  2. Steal The Sun
  3. Feel
  4. Empire of Silence
  5. Wide Awake
  6. Silence Speaks ft. Oli Sykes
  7. Settle Down Society
  8. Hurricane Declick
  9. Revolt
  10. Civil Isolation
  11. In Another Now

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ALBUM REVIEW: Imminence - "This Is Goodbye"

WRITTEN BY: ALLEEN HUGHES  

Band:  Imminence

Album:  "This Is Goodbye"

Release Date:  03/31/2017

Label:  Sharptone Records

 

Taking a leap into a different direction, Sweden band, Imminence, has moved on from the "post-hardcore" sound that got them their start and growing up and into who they really with a new alternative sound for their newest album "This Is Goodbye" via Sharptone Records.  For fans of Bring Me The Horizon and Too Close To Touch, Imminence created an album full of ambient verses accompanied by electrifying guitar riffs that are complimented by trippy pedal effects. 

From beginning to end, this is one of those albums that even from the first play, you feel like you already know the lyrics.  Additionally, the flow of the album seems to go as it should.  With this style of music, its hard to flow an album properly without each song sounding like the track previous to it, but this isn't the case in this track list.  Songs such as "Daggers" and "Desert Place" give the album a good middle pace to it that intrigues the listener to wonder what lies in the tracks to follow.  

Allowing some heavier vocals into these songs, but not like what we normally hear from vocalist Eddie Berg, he still shines through with a clean downscale tone to pair up with the heavier instrumentals in tracks such as "Coming Undone" and "Keep Me."  There was however a few tracks that have a little too much vocal fillers creating that "copy" and "paste" impression between two similar sounding songs.

With 11 tracks + 3 acoustic tracks, this 14 song album was a two year writing process for the band.  This time definitely shows to be worth it for "This Is Goodbye."  Each song details the bands "no fear of boundaries or limits, valiantly breaking new ground and taking the alternative scene to the next level" (Imminence, Facebook).  And I would have to say I do see this approach to their music and why they wanted to put it all out there for everyone to know who they are now.  

Check out their recent video below for the title track, "This Is Goodbye" and which would have to be me my favorite song off this album.

 

8/10

For fans of:  Bring Me The Horizon, Too Close To Touch, I The Mighty

Tracklist:

  1. This Is Goodbye
  2. Diamonds
  3. Broken Love
  4. Coming Undone
  5. Up
  6. Daggers
  7. Cold As Stone
  8. Keep Me
  9. Not a Rescue
  10. Ivory Black
  11. Desert Place
  12. Diamonds (Acoustic)
  13. Keep Me (Acoustic)
  14. This Is Goodbye (Acoustic)

 


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