Corpus Christi
The Darker Shades Of White


3.5
great

Review

by Ryan Williford USER (48 Reviews)
March 15th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Darker Shades Of White is an album that is worth checking out if you have the means and want to execute a random buy.

Corpus Christi, out of Cincinnati, Ohio, looks to be an innovative band that will spawn imitators. However, one has to ask themselves how can you create imitators if you are an imitator? It is just basic press release bull*** about how band A is different from bands B-ZZZ. Corpus Christi is a band that does technical metalcore the right way. This Christian metal band signed to Victory Records and quickly set to work writing their debut album for the label. On February 17th, The Darker Shades Of White was released to the masses.

The album starts off fast and in your face and the guitars transform into a nice technical riff. The chorus on “Parade Of Scars” is one of the best and shows how well the clean singing is done by the band. With about a minute left in the song, a great technical riff has been placed there. Sadly it’s short. Not to worry as the guitarists are clearly talented as shown throughout the rest of the songs, including the wonderful intro on “It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn”. The first solo, found on “Marilyn”, is a beauty. “Marilyn” also has a top-notch breakdown before it goes to spoken words then to a clean verse.

The vocals are pulled off very well, and are varied enough to not be considered monotone. The band seems to have the experience to know when and how to use different vocals for the effect they want. They lyrics mostly deal with religion and some typical fare seen in all the other bands. The lyrics are not the best in the world, but they are by far not the worst. They still have room to improve in that department though, so it is okay. The drummer loves to keep his foot on the double bass pedal, but he does add a lot to the songs.

Corpus Christi are great craftsmen that know how to write great songs. The Darker Shades Of White is an album that is worth checking out if you have the means and want to execute a random buy. While some Victory Metal bands have been disappointments or boring, Corpus Christi may have a place right up there next to Darkest Hour and Between The Buried And Me

Recommended Songs: Marilyn, Starry Nights Cloudy Hearts, and Fight For Your King



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KYZAR
March 15th 2009


513 Comments


looks alright... but i dunno i don't think i could take much more metalcore

ziroth
March 15th 2009


1252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0



Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2009


8019 Comments


Fix the tracklist

MentalityOfA
April 25th 2009


1213 Comments


Not too impressed with the vocals, but it's still a good album.

Slimjim367
April 26th 2009


512 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

theyre ok
just another metalcore band
they dont advance he genre or do anythign special
just another so-so metlcore effort

MacWeener
May 26th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just about to give this a listen, sounds pretty decent from what's on their myspace

ThusSpokeZarathustra
May 26th 2009


293 Comments


Heh, at first I thought this was a thread about about the black metal band then I remembered they spell their name with two i's



MacWeener
May 27th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so far enjoying this, nothing amazingly groundbreaking but good music nevertheless

MacWeener
June 7th 2009


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This has grown on me a whole lot, the sound is so full and heavy - it's great!

sspedding
June 7th 2009


4782 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah its pretty phat.

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Groink
August 19th 2009


774 Comments


Good review. How well has the album held up over time?

Unskathed123
August 19th 2009


368 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I love the screaming vocals, but I think the clean vocals dominate the mix (in a bad way) and bring the band down to the "dirty verse/clean chorus" mediocrity that is metalcore.

Intothepit
September 1st 2010


2359 Comments


A bit of a guilty pleasure for me.

Spec
August 18th 2012


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Marilyn is a great song.

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