Winds Of Plague
Decimate The Weak


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bobby Bowcut USER (5 Reviews)
January 31st, 2008 | 203 replies | 31,668 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death Metal and Metalcore finally has something new to sound like

Deathcore, known as the mix between Hardcore and Metal, with Death Metal influences. Such bands as All Shall Perish, Job For A Cowboy, and a whole bunch more coming there way into the new Metal scene. With all these bands, your thinking, not another generic Death Metalcore band with lame predictable breakdowns talking about Shredded wheat. In comes band, Winds of Plague, hailing from Upland, California.

Jonathan Cooke - Vocals
Nick Eash - Guitar
Nick Piunno - Guitar
Jeff Tenney - Drums
Matt Feinman - Keyboard
Andrew Glover - Bass

Starting when you put the disk into the player you first notice something different, the keyboards used. This isn’t a trick, this isn’t just used in the intro only, this is Winds of Plague. The intro settles you into the album, really its nothing too big, just a good set up to the first song Anthems Of The Apocalypse. From the first real song the guitars lead you in with a nice clean sound to the guitar, with the double bass rapidly playing with the bass, and the rhythm guitar using minor breakdowns. This song is probably the best example for what they typically sound like. They lead you with interesting melodic guitar riffs, that ever so often will be interrupted by breakdowns. The keyboards then are added to add a more epic atmosphere. During this song the tempo is changed a lot, usually ended by the breakdowns after the lead guitar is halted.

The next song, The Impaler, shows off the more guttural sound of the vocalist where he can sound extremely low. The vocalist only problem is he doesn’t have much range when growling, he doesn't show that he can hit highs like All Shall Perish, instead when he ends a sentence or line he trails off, which in this case the keyboards really come in handy, and mixes well. In the next two songs, in my opinion the best songs, the keyboards play a huge role in adding a haunting/epic feeling to the songs. Almost like how Nile, and Egyptian themed Death Metal band, does. The best parts are when the lead guitar takes control of the song and plays in harmony with the keyboards, instead of just adding like a filler part. As that song trails off, the intro of Origins And Endings starts with almost the same theme as the last song which makes perfect sense. Using the same techniques as the last song, its proven that this formula of the keyboards acting like an orchestra role in the songs, works well to give that dark feeling.

One other stand out song that comes in mind in this album is Reloaded. Reloaded is almost Punk Death Metal, the style in which chanting is dominate, and the vocal style you would often here with heavy hardcore influenced bands. The song is a nice change but often I listen to it, it becomes more and more obvious it just doesn’t belong in the album, and the lyrics are quite lame. The only good thing about this song is its change in sound showing they can write other style songs. Plain and simple, this just didn't belong.

The high points of this album is the great use of the keyboards, probably one of the better albums I’ve heard from a hardcore influenced band. Instead of making it as like the keyboards were just thrown in there to make it sound cooler, it actually adds to the music, and plays a big role in its success. The lead guitars are also another huge plus for this band, in which it played very well with the keyboards and had some very interesting solos, and guitar leads that make it a treat to listen to. The low points are some of the lyrics, the “mutha ***ers”, and the chanting doesn’t do anything for the album but make it more childish sounding. Also, the breakdowns are a little too much at times, and get a little typical with the formula. Overall, I really enjoyed this album even after 10 listens, it was a great refresh to hear something a little original instead of a lot of the same thing I’ve been checking out lately.

Recommend Tracks:
Anthems Of The Apocalypse
Decimate The Weak
Origins And Endings


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White_Trash_Hardcore (5)
this album will stand the test of time as one of the few bands to trying some new in the "deathcore"...

Jewish Dickgirl (2.5)
How many cliché's can we fit onto one recording to trick impressionable kids into buying our record...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Pebster49
January 31st 2008


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any comments would be awesome, does anyone know how to indent paragraphs?This Message Edited On 01.31.08

Pebster49
January 31st 2008


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks, ya im just makeing minor changes in which I didn't see the first time I proof read it.This Message Edited On 01.31.08

Pebster49
January 31st 2008


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya, they have some thing they need to work on, like being predictable at times.

DWittisarockstar
January 31st 2008


1501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ballstothewall likes these guys. I don't have this album, I have their other album. Haven't listened to it yet though.

asdemonsburn
January 31st 2008


793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well done, it seems every review I've read on this site since joining has read my mind in some if not all aspects.

This one is no different. In regards to Reloaded, to put it bluntly, the song sucks, its like a turd in a field of flowers.

Other than that, the cd is solid, yes even epic at times (which seems oxymoronic when describing anything w/ a "core" label, but not in this case, it was what the band was aiming for, and they delievered for the most part). I still need to listen to it more, but I'll probly give it a 4

Hopefully more deathcore or preferibly just pure death bands incorporate symphonic elements in the future. I really enjoy the sound, but every band I've heard besides WOP makes me cringe because of the vocal stylings utilized.















Pebster49
January 31st 2008


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya chickenfish, I totally forgot about Angels of Debauchery, that song really finnishes off well, with that jazzy like interlude in the middle of the song, with the sweeping right after it.

i am the robots
January 31st 2008


1027 Comments


eh, this is pretty boring tbh

i am the robots
January 31st 2008


1027 Comments


nah dude, its extremely boring, especially the vocals

cvlts
January 31st 2008


8955 Comments


people hav different view... nuttin new with these guys. a deathcore version of bleeding through. But they do the scene well

botb
January 31st 2008


9673 Comments


i love this record. the harp in one body too many. oh so epic.

beans
January 31st 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sounds like something ill like so ill be checking this out

Wizard
January 31st 2008


19389 Comments


Death Metal and Metalcore finally has something new to sound like

This sounds awkwardly worded.
Ok review, this album sounds god awful. I will still give it a listen through. Besides All Shall Perish, nothing has really appealed to me out of this sub-genre.

Digging: Mistigo Varggoth Darkestra - The Key to the Gates of the Apocalypse

i am the robots
January 31st 2008


1027 Comments


and its completely innacurate

Wizard
January 31st 2008


19389 Comments


and its completely innacurate

Whats inacurate, this review?

i am the robots
January 31st 2008


1027 Comments


saying that its something new

Wizard
January 31st 2008


19389 Comments


Hahahaha is anything completely new anymore?

rasputin
January 31st 2008


14544 Comments


simple plan

i am the robots
January 31st 2008


1027 Comments


yes theres lots of new stuff

im just saying this album is so fucking typical its indescribable

beans
January 31st 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it really is, ive just finished listening to it, and its really just
bland
meh x10

Pebster49
January 31st 2008


2992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bleeding Through sucks, they are one of those bands I was talking about that add Synthesizers and the really shouldn't because it adds nothing to the music. I hate the lead singer in that bad too, he so bad.

Now for this band, all they really need to learn how to do is get better at transitions, so they don't have to use so many breakdowns.This Message Edited On 01.31.08



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