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|review by Matthew Haumschild___|
Uncompromising, destructive metal.
When a band releases album #2, some people have certain expectations,
especially when the band has been seen live. I live across the pond and
unfortunately, Despite have yet to cross over so I can view them first
hand. When I optioned to review this CD, I didn’t know they were even
recording another one. I liked their first album a lot and I was
fortunate enough to interview Alex, their singer, soon afterwards.
Which, I should say, is a very nice person and I’ll always have good
things to say about him. You, the reader, can read that interview here,
at gryphonmetal.ch. I didn’t know what to expect from this album. Was
it going to be like their last album or something completely different?
After more than a few listens I can honestly say that it isn’t
bad at all. Some bands just completely flop on their second attempt at a
record. Despite, for the most part have remained heavy, however I will
have to say that it is very different from their previous effort.
Especially with, “...of the End.” The
whole track is an eerie piano interlude between track 4 and track 6.
It’s unique because I truly didn’t expect that out of this band
which is half-hardcore half-melodic death-metal. Speaking of track 4 and
6, Out of the whole album, “All the Eights” and “Bruised
Machines” sound the most like they could have been on “In Your
Despite.” Uncompromising, destructive metal with some of the harshest
vocals this side of metal, which sums up the album as a whole.
leads to some of my criticisms, “In Your Despite” had a lot of
catchy songs where “Clenched” does not. Some metallers do not care if
there are nor not, but for me, who likes to work out while listening to
metal, I had a hard time finding a song where I could say, “holy crap,
listen to this!” I could be wrong where some of these tracks sound
fantastic live. “Clenched,” is also different from it’s
predecessor where it sounds darker and heavier but nothing it grabbing
me. The track, “Clenched” kind of does this, but I think if it were
mixed differently it would have turned out better. Not that there
anything wrong with the way the album was mixed down, I just feel that
with this song, if it were mixed differently, could have been the
shining star on the whole album.
I would say, see this band live. As for buying the album, I would say
it’s worth it. It would be great to drive to but not that great to
work out to, And if you’re reading this without hearing their first
album, “In Your Despite”, I would say definitely get that.
written by Matthew Haumschild
is a staff writer/editor for
gryphonmetal.ch since 2002
He is based out of
Minneapolis Minnesota USA he can be reached at email@example.com
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