This is the first album that Impending Doom
released that was ACTUALLY GOOD! Their debut is completely mediocre, their sophomore release is a disappointment, and nowâ¦There Will Be Violence
(I fucking love that album name!). I think Iâm now to the point where I really donât enjoy having a minute-long breakdown as the opening track for an album. The reason why Iâm saying that is because Impending Doom
does that on all of their albums. Hereâs the most unique thing about this album: it has THREE guitarists on it! Now, why the hell would you need THREE guitarists on an album thatâs not that technical? The answer: it gives the sound more power. And Iâll tell you this, they did just that.
The first actual song album is what completely blew me off my feet. A lot of pure deathcore out there (especially these guys) isnât really that powerful and crushing. But once the buildup at the beginning of There Will Be Violence
had reached its peak, what came next was like something huge had shaken the earth. What the hell happened to these guys?? The first positive thing that I noticed was how fast the drummer was hitting the snare during that initial buildup at the beginning of the song, but I still wasnât anywhere near prepared for the violence that this song threw at my face. After the album finished, the first thing that I asked myself was âwhere did THAT come from?â Where did all of that brutality and fury come from? And why did they do such a better job on this than on The Serpent Servant
? WHY AM I ASKING ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS!?
Although Iâll never know for sure, hereâs what Iâve noticed: after The Serpent Servant
, the band got a new drummer and the addition of two new guitarists. My guess is that the new members were a lot more committed and interested in making GOOD music. So with new members, that probably meant that the band got along much better and created a more committed atmosphere. Not only that, but the new drummer is better than any that theyâve ever had.
âs debut so far still remains the heaviest album theyâve ever written, but this one has come pretty close considering the driving brutality minimal use of weak breakdowns. The song structures are much less predictable and also much more creative, but still stay completely true to the PURE deathcore sound. The most unique quality that this album carries is how smooth the music transitions in and out of breakdowns. Donât think that a rough transition in and out of breakdowns is a bad thing, because sometimes itâs actually what the music requires. But in this case, the smoothness of the transitions is like almost nothing Iâve ever heard before (Iâve heard transitions this smooth before, but itâs VERY rare and very hard to pull off). The general sound of the songs vary from being a slow chugging style to being a constant driving wave of brutality to almost having a complex Meshuggah
-ish sound (Peace Illusion
Something obviously clicked in the band that caused them to get serious about actually making music and being connected to it. This album is the best release that Impending Doom
has come out with so far and I will never forget the wave of brutality the second track brought upon me. I would give this album 16/20 for winning my support and appreciation to this band. Still, I wouldnât suggest to anyone who isnât very appreciative of the generic and traditional forms of deathcore, but if you want to hear something by Impending Doom
, There Will Be Violence
is what you want to hear first.
Yes, I know the music video is lame, but the song is the one I was talking about before, so LISTEN to it instead of WATCH it.