Camilla Rhodes
The Onyx Sun


3.5
great

Review

by Xplisit USER (3 Reviews)
May 30th, 2010 | 36 replies | 4,002 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Quality deathcore, I swear it exists!

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Camilla Rhodes was a five-piece band out of Quebec, Canada that played a brand of hardcore tinged with death metal stylings (occasional death metal riff, low growls) resulting in the popular deathcore label. In 2008 they released their sophomore (and final) full-length, entitled The Onyx Sun, which they produced themselves before disbanding in 2009. I was shocked upon learning that this was a self-produced album because everything sounds professionally done in terms of arrangements and mixing. In fact, as far as deathcore goes, this might be the premier album in terms of audible bass licks. You’ll hear them right from the opening track, dancing behind the (not always) chugging riffs and impressive drum-kit work. Orthostatic Intolerance is a great track that seems to stand out as being uniquely put together. The band has no problem playing at break-neck speeds. Ex The Plasmarifle drummer Jade Simonetto really stands out on a lot of tracks with his impressive fills. The vocals on the album are delivered in two different styles: a medium ranged hardcore shout handles most sections, while a low death growl comes in for some of the heavier moments of the album. For those of you who are turned off the “pig squeal” type of delivery, you might want to avoid this disc because Ben Landreville experimented with them quite a bit here. Same thing goes for breakdowns. The breakdowns found on this album aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, in fact a lot of them are well placed and greatly executed. On the whole, however, most people will feel that they are in excess.

As is the case with most deathcore, the average ear will probably hear most of these songs start to ‘bleed together’. Over time though I feel like this album has potential for lasting power. Fed Upon Mercy is a track that starts off slow by the bands standards, but it’s the one song on this album that features a guitar solo. I can’t say it’s a solo that was overly impressive but it was a nice change of pace. Growing a Seed in Waterproof Soil is a great display of the bands’ ability to play fast, with every member of the band shining through (even the bassist). Though the vocals are consistently varied, lots of people will be turned away by the lower growls. But at the end of the day, this is an album which should be talked about in any conversation involving 'top deathcore releases'.


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Mclovin
May 30th 2010



293 Comments


Short, but strong review. I might have to check this out. You end it on a weak note, however. Give it a valid conclusion.

buckfutter
May 30th 2010



2164 Comments


Lol, and you told me you didn't listen to deathcore

Emyr
May 30th 2010



6 Comments


LOL ^

EBTCardMania
May 30th 2010



512 Comments


in before "dis ban es named afftr an betwwn da burrud an meh songz"

Xplisit
May 30th 2010



1646 Comments


i wrote this for you, buckfutter

also, review edited, thanks for feedback

Zettel
May 30th 2010



582 Comments


Good review. You sold me the band without trying to convince me it is the second coming of Christ.

Have you heard Starring Janet Leigh's Spectrum? It was a very impressive mathcore album from last year , also from Canada.

Xplisit
May 30th 2010



1646 Comments


I've always put off listening to that band for some reason, but i didnt know they were Canadian

Zettel
May 30th 2010



582 Comments


hXc:

I do not think you would be disappointed.


Xplisit
June 7th 2010



1646 Comments


get this album peeepz

Xplisit
December 22nd 2010



1646 Comments


not enough ppl have checked out dis here albuumm!!

accompliceofmydeath
September 14th 2011



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll have to check this out.

Xplisit
September 14th 2011



1646 Comments


I think you'll like it. If you can tolerate "pig squeals" in your deathcore you should be okay. I love the bass licks.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011



15727 Comments


did they name themselves after the mulholland drive character?

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Xplisit
September 14th 2011



1646 Comments


yep

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2011



15727 Comments


oh boy

accompliceofmydeath
September 14th 2011



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a huge fan of the squeals anymore, but as long as they don't over do it, I'm down.

Xplisit
September 14th 2011



1646 Comments


@electriccity ..okay!

accompliceofmydeath
September 15th 2011



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So... this is awesome.

MalleusMaleficarum
November 15th 2011



13783 Comments


^ yes, yes it is

sweet review dude! ;)



Drsmith4
November 15th 2011



1712 Comments


This. Is. The girl.



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