Review Summary: You’ve yet to hear such an emotionally evil album this year. I promise it’s worth the wait.5 of 5 thought this review was well written
I love when I have to eat my words and Crucified make me enjoy every bite. Personifying hate in ways that haven’t been heard since Cursed
’s ‘II’, Crucified is a hardcore band that have excelled in portraying one emotion, anger. As soon as the album kicks off with Man’s Rea
lead vocalist Nick Rockwell slaughters the track with a violent yell of “Crawling on my back!” and doesn’t let up from then on. An impressive range that's intentionally offensive dishing out demented death growls, and then flipping the script with ratchet cleans though seldom used. It’s a delicate balance that keeps the album particularly fresh. His rugged confession of “The nightmares control the fear in me” on Fear the Sleep
sounds so possessed it’s haunting and that’s what makes it so beautiful.
The instruments give off the impression of having a short attention span; 2 second leads that erupt into furious breakdowns and all out tirades litter the disc and make their stay short and pleasant. The drums performed by Joey Raygoza steady the rhythm upping the tempo at the most surprising of moments, like in Slow Burn
a fast paced aggression trip which halts the momentum in the most vicarious of ways. Sporadic fills or simple 4/4 carries the drummer makes his mark more times than one but never overshadows the bands best arsenal, the guitars, which fu
cking rock. Sexy riffs saturate this bad boy making subsequent listens a must; I mean if you aren't already repeating that ridiculous solo on Order Out of Chaos
already. The dark and moody metal guitar line that opens Cold Winter
stretches the boundaries of the genre before exploding into what may be the best hardcore song of the year. The two part closer Torment
and I Am Sin
gives off such a depressing atmosphere that pairing this in the black metal genre wouldn’t be far off.
This band may have released the angriest classic for the genre this decade already, and if not with this attempt it’s surely within their grasp. They have all of the right mechanics to get the job done, a bassist who doesn’t suck and who’s presence is known, two attack guitarists who don't stick to the mundane modern hardcore standards, a drummer who tears shi
t up, and lastly a vocalist who’s distinguished enough to make his presence known within the community. To not check this cd out would be criminally overlooking this bands potential.