Living Sacrifice
The Infinite Order


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
January 16th, 2010 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death/Thrash/Groove/Whatever-Metal.

I hate delays.

I'm not goddamn kidding. When one of my favorite bands decides to delay a long-awaited album, whether it be the fault of the label, or personal troubles, it is one of the single most annoying things in the world. Sure, their singer may have left, and their bassist may have committed suicide, but I need my instant gratification.

When everyone's favorite Arkansas thrash/death/groove/whatever-metal band announced that they were to delay their album until late January (I think this was in November 2009), you can imagine my annoyance. 1997's Reborn is one of my most played albums in my extensive itunes library, and if these guys even thought about pulling a Lil' Wayne on me, drastic measures would have to be taken. But, in the extra 2-3 month wait, I became more and more pumped for this anticipated release, so by the time they began streaming it on their Myspace, I was totally psyched. I think that the delay may have even increased my enjoyment of the album, so in a way, I must thank LS for putting it off for so long.

But talk about enjoyment. The band's previous releases had showed great potential, with catchy riffs, face-melting solos, unique vocals, and above-average drumming. Their distinct, and, dare I say it, original, death-thrash/groove metal style had always intrigued me. Songs like "Spirit Fall" convinced me that these guys could become monsters in the metal market. But all their previous albums had one common flaw: the production. While it wasn't the most terrible thing in the world, it was an annoyance for me how many of the songs managed to blend together because of often sub-par production. But, fortunately for the world, they have officially fixed this nuisance with the release of The Infinite Order. The production here is stellar: the drums are tight, the guitars are crisp, the vocals are clear, and the bass is audible. So far, the only place these guys can go is up.

As I said before, these guys have an intriguing style. The first thing one may notice about the album is the vocal work by singer Bruce Fitzhugh. His distinct dry-sounding rasp is the biggest factor in making an LS song, well, Living Sacrifice. It has a certain death metal influence in its aggressive delivery, but still manages to steer clear of sounding like every other cookie-monster worshiper out there. For a great example, try the opener Overkill Exposure. His vocal attack is harsh and unrelenting in this track, and that, combined with some of the best drums on the album, and some very cool guitar lines, make it one of the best tracks on the album.

The guitar work is another highlight here. While none of the riffs are incredibly technical to the level of, say, Cryptopsy, they manage to hold the listener's attention. The heavily groove/thrash influenced riffs are incredibly catchy, and make for some tracks that, combined with speedy drumming, invoke a sudden desire to smah yourself on the head repeatedly with a brick. It also may be noticed that, as far as guitar work goes, these guys are very adept at tremolo picking. In fact, it seems to be the staple of many of their songs. Nietzsche's Madness, for example has some very fast alternate picking, as well as the added bonus of a very discordant, very satisfying solo.

The album is not, however, without its downfalls. One particular thing that irked me here was the inclusion of a few, dare I say it, clean vocals. When I say clean vocals, I mean nothing like your typical modern metalcore vocals, in the vein of TDWP. These are deep, harsh, grating, and aggressive clean vocals, which complement the deep, harsh, grating, and aggressive lead vocals well. Well, they would, if they were used right. Unfortunately, in most cases in which they are utilized, they don't fit the song. Take Rules of Engagement. The lead single for the album, while not being the strongest on the album, this has the potential to be a fairly memorable song. It all goes well until the chorus, where those annoying clean vocals are thrown in with the leads. I dunno, maybe it's all a matter of personal taste, and these vocals make the song for some people, but they aren't my cup-o-tea, and for me ruin what could've been a good song. They are also used, to a slightly better effect, on They Were One.

So overall, this is a very strong comeback for the boys from Arkansas, and it may very well be their best record to date. With the stellar production, the groovy, thrashy guitar riffs, the grating vocals, and, unlike many extreme metal bands, the memorable and unique song structures and ideas, this may very well be the album that pulls these guys out of the underground and puts them on the metal map for good.

Recommended tracks:
Overkill Exposure
Organized Lie
God is My Home
Apostasy



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Comments:Add a Comment 
wyankeif1337
January 17th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't done many reviews, and I felt a bit iffy about this one. So, please, (constructive) criticism would really be appreciated.
Album is boss.

Lakes.
January 17th 2010


27975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review.
Is there a stream up? I'm curious to hear this

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

wyankeif1337
January 17th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, on their myspace.

ninjuice
January 17th 2010


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But all their previous albums had one common flaw: total crap production.

We're obviously listening to different bands. We must be, cause the music I've heard from this has pretty similar production to the last two albums.

wyankeif1337
January 17th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, I dunno. It's just that upon going back to their previous releases, and comparing them to this
one, everything seems so much clearer here. Maybe it wasn't total crap: I might revise that. I just
feel that, compared to this, it was subpar.

Edit: listened to some earlier stuff again: you're right, it wasn't as terible as I had remembered.
Some was still subpar, and doesn't even compare to this album, but I was blowing it out of proportion.

TRMshadow
January 17th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great Review, pos. I can totally tell a southern metal influence. (eg: Pantera)

Sadly this is one of those bands that even if I bought the album I wouldn't listen to that much even thought they make great music. They'd just get buried under the stuff that I usually have at the front of my mind when I'm trying to pick something to listen to.

Yazz_Flute
January 17th 2010


18787 Comments


Never listened to these guys but now i want to.

Digging: Finch (US) - Say Hello to Sunshine

WhiteWallStargazers
January 17th 2010


2647 Comments


this is the first LS album I actually am considering buying because I liked it that much

ninjuice
January 17th 2010


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have three stellar albums before this people.

wyankeif1337
January 17th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loved Reborn and THP... Conceived in Fire was good, but not as good.
I still like this more as a whole, but Spirit Fall remains one of my all time favorites.

ninjuice
January 17th 2010


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

CIF is easily better than THP. The clean vocals don't sound gay.

Grimlin
January 17th 2010


845 Comments


They have three stellar albums before this people.

The three before that weren't bad either, Nonexistent especially. The vocals are so horrendous, it's good.

Ulsufyring
January 17th 2010


1724 Comments


god that bass trigger is annoying

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2010


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excellent review, especially as it's one of your first, pos'd. i ll listen to this later.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2010


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

liked this on first lusten. i ll give it a 3.5 for now, but that could rise. i ll proably end up buying this too.

Emim
January 17th 2010


26625 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have three stellar albums before this people.


this this this. Conditional and Ignite are some of my favorite songs ever from them. That Death Machine sampler was pretty ace too.

HeadbangMastermind93
January 17th 2010


624 Comments


wait, how did you write this? I thought this was coming out on the 26th?

HeadbangMastermind93
January 17th 2010


624 Comments


wait, oh okay their stream is up...nevermind...

I heard Rules Of Engagement and thought it was really good...a few of the others weren't as great and I was thinking of discarding this but your review has pumped me up to go give it another chance and possibly buy it... good review...

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2010


8370 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. Never heard of this band, but by your review, it seems absolutely my thing. Going to look this up right away.

ninjuice
January 17th 2010


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Someone put this up on mediafire SWEEEETTTTT



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