Destroy The Runner
I, Lucifer


3.5
great

Review

by Michael Roberts USER (99 Reviews)
May 21st, 2008 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I, Lucifer is a pleasant departure away from Destroy The Runner’s previous cookie cutter metalcore sound. Natural progression and a new vision have allowed them to create a more melodic and more focused release which hints at bigger things to come.

An excerpt from Destroy The Runner’s myspace reads, “There comes a time in every artist's life in which he must find himself through his medium. He must pry himself from any hint of reliance upon others and their art, and embrace who he is and what he was born to create.” These pretentious statements have potential to ruin a record as the expectations are set way too high. In this case, the aforementioned passage actually assists listeners in understanding the group’s latest release. Obviously progression and change are expected. Judging books (err records) by their covers, just the jump from Saints to I, Lucifer in titles suggests polar opposites. Their departure from a run of the mill metalcore sound to a more interesting, melody based one is more of a subtle shift but still keeps to the theme of change. To unify it all, a new vocalist and lyricist allows for a new vision to be embraced. The final product is an impressive shift which will only improve with time.

Despite my initial predictions, this record is not screaming for mainstream attention. Many translate the words “melody based” to sell out. Don’t. In this case that could not be less true. Rather, the group realized what they would like to create and have done just that. The opener “Crumbs For The Murder” is the closest thing to their older style present. Even so the tastefully placed clean guitars and persistent bursts of melody immediately show progression. The screamed verses display an intense sense of urgency while the sung choruses soar with beauty. While the vocal transitions in many places here are predictable, this is the only song on the record to feature the famous Killswitch bad cop good cop structure. The first song released from the record “Mr. and Mrs. Cuckoldom” perfectly showcases their new style. The As I Lay Dying b-side riffs and drop C chugga chug breakdowns are almost completely extinct and in their place are quality blends of melody, atmosphere and heavy riffs with more unique construction. Then there’s the minor detail that there’s not a full section of the song which is purely screamed.

With the dominantly sung vocals and such a strong emphasis in melody, it’s easy to think the record is absent of heaviness. This is not entirely true as there are certainly flashes of the group’s older traits. “Luxuria” opens with some C chugs which persist throughout the verse in the rhythm section. The riff over it and the singing perfectly link their newer focus with their older traits. When the chorus hits, the smooth octave chords perfectly balance everything out. The guitar and vocal bridge certainly shows off some improved construction and gives the final minute of the song an incredibly dramatic feel. The album closer “A Mountain So Big, A Question So Small” lies in the same vein. Without a doubt it puts its focus on melody. But flashes of double bass with some lower pitched riffs give it a definite edge in certain sections. Once more the clean guitar and soft vocal interludes give things a definite sense of progression. The atmosphere accented intro and outro guitar parts further show fresh ideas from the group as I, Lucifer makes a bold statement of change through its dominantly melodic nature.

As bold of a statement as the musical changes make, the lyrics steal the show. Now between being on Solid State and releasing an album title by the name of Saints which constantly had references to faith, many labeled the group a Christian metalcore band. In reality, the group is just Christians in a metalcore band. Vocalist Chad Ackerman makes a hell (no pun intended) of a debut with the group. The title I, Lucifer does not refer to Satan, but more so the label of Christianity itself and in general how people label themselves. He hits on this label subject and the connotations that go along with it hard and often. The title track has some of the most powerful lines I’ve heard all year as he calls out groups that market their music based on religion “I will tell them the scriptures/and I will profit from your name./I will sell them the scriptures,/and I will pocket your fame.” Lines like “I speak of angels,/but host demons instead” definitely reveal a new vision for the group. No preachy messages, no condescending lines, just words that cut to the core with honesty. The record focuses on a variety of subjects from divorce to everyday struggles, all of which hold the same power and certainly serve as the highlight of the record.

With I, Lucifer Destroy The Runner bring plenty of surprises up their sleeves. Their debut was so cliché that this change came out of the blue. Their new vision lyrically is downright stunning and incredibly touching. But of course with progression comes problems. While Chad’s lyrics are stellar, his singing can get fairly monotonous. With certain songs not packing a heavy edge and having slightly lackluster construction, the result is sometimes less than spectacular. That is said in the sense that select songs are as easy to ignore as they are to get into. At the same time, plenty of the record is captivating and demands attention. As things come to a close, it becomes quite obvious that Destroy The Runner have found themselves. I, Lucifer brings a sense of identity to the group. With a new sound and a new vision, Destroy The Runner show notable progression. They might not be fully capitalizing on its full potential just yet, but this is something that will only further blossom and take them to new heights.

Recommended Tracks:
-Crumbs For The Murder
-I, Lucifer
-A Pathetic Psalm
-A Mountain So Big, A Question So Small



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Comments:Add a Comment 
jrowa001
May 21st 2008


8750 Comments


good review, but i couldnt listen to more than 2 songs from this. Saints was decent, but this is nothing that good imo.

Rexford
May 23rd 2008


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think this album was more melodic than saints, so they toned down alot of the hardcore but it still sounds good!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 23rd 2008


17920 Comments


YOU MUST THINK UR SUM KIND OF PIMP LOL U GOT ALL THESE GIRLS PICS ON YA PAGE LOL I KEEP THINKN UR LIKE 12 N THEM I'M LIKE WAIT NO HE'S NOT LOL YOU GET OLDER BUT JUST DNT GET NO TALLER HAHAHAHA I'M JP WITH YOU LOL

IAmInsect
May 23rd 2008


3800 Comments


is that someone's comment on their myspace

danrawkz
December 28th 2008


336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is okay, grows tired pretty fast though and their new singer is pretty bad live

Asiatic667
December 29th 2008


4648 Comments


YOU MUST THINK UR SUM KIND OF PIMP LOL U GOT ALL THESE GIRLS PICS ON YA PAGE LOL I KEEP THINKN UR LIKE 12 N THEM I'M LIKE WAIT NO HE'S NOT LOL YOU GET OLDER BUT JUST DNT GET NO TALLER HAHAHAHA I'M JP WITH YOU LOL


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'EY, Keep off my myspace page you scallywag!!


JES
February 4th 2009


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

singer can't sing like that live though

MisterBeefy
February 5th 2009


244 Comments


It's a welcomed changed. It's funny no one seems to mention the best song on the cd 'A Novel Of War'

loseit13
February 20th 2009


226 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agree about the "A Novel Of War" and my other favorite is "A Bag Of Marbles"

i prefer this over saints any day

Hastetheday09
February 27th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Awesome review. I happen to like most of this album. The album does seem to get repetitive though, but it's probably because of the fact that this is their first album with Chad, and their experimenting. I like the fact that they are, they just need more work. But some songs are pretty good, most are average with good parts, and others are kind of dull and boring.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2009


8012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, "A Novel Of War' is easily the best song on this album.

MacWeener
May 17th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

took a few listens to get used to and wasn't initially impressed, but I'm glad they're doing something that's they're own now.
Chad can sing like that live btw

sexpoi
March 16th 2010


599 Comments


the singer hits the same notes like the whole album. The guitar work and drumming are good but just cuz they got a new singer doesn't mean they need to overuse him. A lot of the parts that he sang over would have sounded better with harsh vocals. and i doubt he can hit those notes live seeing as he was struggling to hit them in the recording process. i'm glad they are trying to evolve and stuff and this album has a couple goods songs but I think they definitely need to bring in the screamer more cuz crumbs for the murder was a badass song even with its Killswitch-like formula of screaming verses and sung choruses.

bloc
March 16th 2010


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Absolutely terrible. On par with Overcome by All That Remains.

EnricoPalazzo
March 16th 2010


626 Comments


bloc, you make me cry...

bloc
March 16th 2010


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Sorry

EnricoPalazzo
March 16th 2010


626 Comments


You really think this is that bad?

bloc
March 16th 2010


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I do. Their first album may be nothing to write home to, but it was way better than this crap.

EnricoPalazzo
March 16th 2010


626 Comments


:'(

sexpoi
March 17th 2010


599 Comments


i agree with bloc in that it is pretty much the equivalent of Overcome for ATR. I think it's because in trying to progress and find themselves, they found a new singer and decided to go with what he wanted to do instead of actually finding a medium between their old and new sound. I know atr didn't change their vocalist but they weren't able to capitalize on their new sound, they made it worse imo by not incorporating more of their heavier side as much. Apparently DTR'S album that's supposed to come out this year is gonna be heavier though and I have a gut feeling it'll be good



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