The Crimson Armada
Guardians


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Green Scarf Bandit of Italy USER (17 Reviews)
July 27th, 2009 | 135 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very atypical deathcore album that is strongly versed in both technicality and melody.

It's not often that one encounters a deathcore band like The Crimson Armada. The modern deathcore scene is heavily populated by a host of very similar bands that are all marked by a signature sound of tasteless homogenized guitar riffs and jackhammer breakdowns that serve no real purpose other than to inspire arenas packed full of screaming teenagers to mosh like there's no tomorrow. Perhaps the most confusing aspect of deathcore is the sheer amount of attention that it receives. Since its conception in the early 2000's deathcore has embarked on a shocking ascent into the mainstream and gathered a massive following. Why is this? The most famous figures in deathcore such as Bring me the Horizon and Suicide Silence are certainly not regarded for their technical skill or incredible song-writing capabilities. No, deathcore is loved because is probably one of the (if not thee) heaviest genre in all of metal. Your typical fan of deathcore isn't looking for blazing guitar solos or extremely technical riffs, they're looking for something to scare their parents or something that they can thrash about wildly to in public, and on both counts, deathcore delivers. So what happens when you get a band that can both set the crowds in motion and write a damn good song? The answer: The Crimson Armada.

From the very start of their debut album Guardians, TCA unleashes their full devastating potential with a storm of crushing riffs and typically explosive drums. Unlike most deathcore bands, TCA’s riff library is not heavily focused on mashing the open fret while palm muting the strings. Instead, TCA guitarists Dan Hatfield and Kyle Barrington explore actual song-writing and succeed in creating a slew of fret-burning melodies that blur past the listeners ear in a furious hail of notes. This is not to say that the palm moshing is completely absent on the album. As with all deathcore albums, Guardians is strewn with lead heavy breakdowns that are characterized by pulsing double bass and of course the signature chug-chug guitar sound. However stale the breakdown may have become, it actually fits snuggly with TCA’s blistering riff barrage, and the breakdown actually becomes a tasteful addition to the song rather than a pointless fill.

Unfortunately, the vocal aspect of TCA leaves a bit to be desired. Vocalist Saud utilizes three vocal styles throughout Guardians; the standard deep-throated growl, the piercing shriek and an odd and awkward bastardization of both that needs to be greatly improved, or abandoned completely. Saud’s growls and screams are standard to the genre, and nothing that will catch your ear (unlike the infamous signature vocals of Oli Sykes). However, Saud often tries mixing both screaming and growling to create an ugly braying grunt that sounds halfway between the sound of a pig being slaughtered and the sound of a gorilla trying to eat a package of industrial nails and failing miserably. The reason for this harsh and rather disgusting vocal style is beyond me, and I hope that it is not included on any of TCA’s later works. I am only consoled by the fact that at least it’s not pig-squealing.

All together, The Crimson Armada is a very unique band, bringing to the table a surprisingly strong deathcore album that dapples in both melodic and technical death metal and succeeds at both. Perhaps in the future, The Crimson Armada will abandon its deathcore roots and settle with either one of the death metal offshoots but for now, they’re at least brining a breath of fresh air to a stagnant deathcore scene.

Pros
[+] Tremendously good riffs
[+] Extremely technical and melodic
[+] Excellent song-writing
Cons
[-] Vocal performance needs improvement
[-] Album is a bit long

Recommended Tracks
Guardians
The Sound, the Flood, the Hour
A Filthy Addiction



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Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is good. For fans of the Red Chord or All Shall Perish. Good deathcore.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


very nice review man, this maybe even your best, good job! Also the full first paragraph is full of win, especially this sentence

The modern deathcore scene is heavily populated by a host of very similar bands that are all marked by a signature sound of tasteless homogenized guitar riffs and jackhammer breakdowns that serve no real purpose other than to inspire arenas packed full of screaming teenagers to mosh like there's no tomorrow.
that was very well written, one of the best sentneces I have seen in a review ever.

I dunno though, I am going to check this out if you say this is so good, but I am a very vocals based person so we'll see, if I can overlook them. Also i am a lil bit concerned you are turning into a br00tal kid, you have been listening to way too much deathcore lately, don't do that anymoe, refer to your last list and look at some rec's you got.

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not a br00tal kid yet... However I did just order four deathcore shirts.
However I'm evening it out by getting a shitload of old-school death and black metal. Don't worry.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


However I did just order four deathcore shirts.

you did WHAT???????? You need to be punished, cleansed and purified before it is too late

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you did WHAT????????

Job for a Cowboy
Despised Icon
Conducting from the Grave
Animosity.
So nothing like BMTH or Suicide Silence.

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Little bit over-dramatic there dude.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


now i fucked up your review page, serves you right, for buying deathcore shirts!

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm a 15 year old American teenager it was bound to happen some day.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


but shirts??? Why the shirts??? Now just wear skinny jeans and make yourself a gay haircut and you are br00tal. jk, but don't go br00tal, don't

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


ignore what metalstyles said, plz don't take that into consideration
I sure hope he doesn't haha. Otherwise I need to shut-up for good

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude, I hate skinny jeans and I don't really have all that much hair. My head is still recuperating from the buzzcut. No worries.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


well at least that's good. Ill check this out in the evening because I just got 2 In Flames cd's (yes I know you hate them but I love 'em) and I am blasting those now

TrojanWhore
July 27th 2009


752 Comments


The four bands zipper mentioned in his post slay IMO.

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^yeah that's why I got shirts.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


well yaah I actually haven't heard any of them exept Job For A Cowboy which is rather weak imo. I am just a bit close-minded when it comes to deathcore, sorry

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just like black metal...
Hey, have you heard of Doomriders? If not, kill yourself, then go look them up. Best hard rock ever.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


I haven't, ain't going to kill myself though, Ill look them up in the evening as it's now the time for me to go and have a drink or two.

And wtf I am not close-minded when it come to black metal, I never say bad things about black, I just don't really listen to it.

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spend some time with the lady I see...

Yeah, well I didn't like it at first either, you gotta listen to it a lot.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2009


8357 Comments


no not with the lady atm, atm it is just me and my best friend, going to drink some beer. I'll let you know tomorrow or in the evening what I though about this shiz here.

Zip
July 27th 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aight, works for me.



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