This is the album that got me into Deathcore
and subsequently Death Metal
was over a year ago, and I feel I can properly review this album objectively. This album combines standard tuning guitars played in a melodic fashion with a punishing but not too down-tuned bass, and of course Winds
of Plague's famous keyboard. This is by far their best album and their new stuff is complete shit. Best tracks are "Anthems of Apocaylpse", "Decimate
the Weak" and "Angels of Debauchery
". This release is noted for the symphonic elements and non-chug style. I believe this album to be the culprit for much of the experimentation we see with Deathcore
Johnny Plague is vocally at his best here. This album contains lyrical content typical of Deathcore
- some gore, some sadness, basically average. The exception is "Anthems of Apocalypse
", where the fast tempo and apocalyptic message are very well crafted. The high screams are punishing but decipherable, the growls are very deep, and not overproduced like their newer albums. We also have a couple pig squeals. The vocals are pretty much average.
The guitar work here is the best of Winds
of Plague, and their only album played with the guitars tuned normally. Many tracks have melodic structure and audibly pleasing guitar solos, which are nothing technically. But the solos paired with the epic symphonic style creates a very nice sound. The riffs and low notes are varied but consistent, but I don't listen to this album and get bored easily, like I do sometimes when songs are breakdown after breakdown. Overall the guitar work is exceptional, at least for a Deathcore
record. The bass work is average but well-done, I do appreciate how the bass used to accent the guitars in the choruses of some songs.
The drums are crisp and tight sounding and overall very well tuned into the mix. The patterns themselves for the drums are very basic however, and this album contains few time signatures. The drums accent the rest of the work well, it's just that many bands in the genre have upped their game with technicality and this is a flaw I see in this album. Drums are average.
Overall a very good Deathcore
album, one of my favorite ever actually. Winds
of Plague may be a piece of shit now, but at least Johnny's heart was in the right place when they started. This is WOP's only record where they apparently put any effort in, so enjoy it. Good guitars, good vocals, catchy breakdowns and stuff, a Deathcore