The Showdown
Blood in the Gears


4.0
excellent

Review

by itsxjoe420 USER (1 Reviews)
September 18th, 2010 | 17 replies | 6,436 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blood In The Gears proves The Showdown are willing to shift gears, once again. Solid, heavier, and a stable release from a band who can't quite please all fans with previous albums. Well here's the album that can please everyone.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

First and foremost, this is my first review. So im open to criticism and all that. There will soon be another review of this album by another member here on Sputnik and I hope someone writes it soon because mine sucks. I just wanted to get my opinion out there and this album had no review so I gave it a shot. This is not the most descriptive review, but again, this is only my first review and I plan on doing more.
So here we go...


The Showdown have without a doubt shifted their musical direction since A Chorus of Obliteration. I was a huge fan of these guys until they released Temptation Come My Way. Their sophomore album was a great disappointment to me and the majority of fans. There was always a southern-type feel to their debut, A Chorus of Obliteration, but nobody was expecting such a difference in style upon the release of Temptation Come My Way. After that album I decided I wouldn't purchase another upcoming album, only because I figured they would continue on in the direction of southern rock.

So then Back Breaker was released and I wasn't interested in even listening to a single song. But, I was curious so I read a review here on Sputnik and to hear that it was heavier and there was a return of the dominating screams by David Bunton, I instantly bought the cd. It was an amazing album, it had a very heavy groove to the entire album. Still southern feeling, but there are a few really heavy and hard-hitting songs on Back Breaker.

So now here we are in 2010 and as a fan of The Showdown (once again) I was anticipatively waiting for the new album. Blood In The Gears will shock anyone who liked A Chorus of Obliteration. It definitely is a benchmark record for these guys. It's the album that sounds the most like a return or even a tribute to their old metalcore roots. It surpasses Back Breaker in many ways.

Songs like A Man Named Hell, Heavy Lies The Crown, Bring It Down, Dogma Enthroned, Graveyard of Empires, and the Hidden Track are all great tracks to listen to if you're into the heavier side of The Showdown. The music still has that heavy, southern, groove metal atmosphere to it and it's no doubt that it's apparent.
I'd like to mention that the drummer isn't AJ Barret, as the 2 previous albums featured him. The new drummer Isaac Harris brings alot to the table. The drums are amazing on this cd, very powerful, energetic, and fast. He definitely sets the pace for the album and thats made clear in the first song.

Take Me Home, The Crooked Path, and Diggin' My Own Grave are the songs that are reminiscent of the soft/southern rock songs heard here and there among Temptation Come My Way and Back Breaker. Good songs, executed near perfection, and are obviously songs that would be good for radio rotation.

The vocals are the highlight of this album though. David's screams sound better than ever. The deep screams are flawless and are what makes me enjoy this so much. The normal pitched screams and yells/shouts also couldn't be any better.
And for his clean singing voice, I can't say much about it. They're not bad by any means, but still room for improvement.

There is some great, creative guitar work on here also. Not much to note about it though. One thing I would like to note is that the musicianship seems to work phenomenally.

Overall this is an album worth listening to whether you're a fan or a skeptic.


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Emim
September 18th 2010



26196 Comments


Decent review, I'll pos. You should go into more detail about the album and instruments and less about the history of the band.
I'm the other user that's going to review this, I've just been lazy up til now.

Album is the best in a long time.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2010



7762 Comments


take the first review part out of your actual review and put it in the comments below

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fromtheinside
September 18th 2010



16485 Comments


Album is the best in a long time.

what do you mean?

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Emim
September 18th 2010



26196 Comments


It's their best since Chorus of Obliteration.

itsxjoe420
September 18th 2010



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was going to throw the album on and listen to it while i wrote it but it was getting late and i hastily wrote this. I was just trying to get post one before anyone else did. haha.

This album is without a doubt the best since A Chorus of Obliteration

Emim
September 18th 2010



26196 Comments


Hey, I've put off writing a review for this for like 2 weeks now; you had nothing to worry about.

ThePalestMexican
September 18th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Fairly solid album and review
It's your first so I'll pos', just keep writing and shape up your chops.

itsxjoe420
September 23rd 2010



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but honestly who agrees that this is by far the best since their debut?

Emim
September 23rd 2010



26196 Comments


I agree with that. This seems like a band that's not trying to be anything, they're just making music.

itsxjoe420
September 23rd 2010



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so much potential turned into so much mediocrity. but im honestly lovin this new album

Chevy182
October 18th 2010



116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best album from this guys! Heavy and passionate!
Back Breaker is good only listening one half, stop for 30 min then listening the other half cause if I try to listen the whole thing it just bores me out...
Good review btw, history is good especially for this underrated band...

itsxjoe420
October 20th 2010



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks.
and Back Breaker, in all honesty, only had at the most 5 good songs. the others seemed to be just the same riff and drum beat over and over again.
Blood In The Gears is a breath of fresh air, especially for being released in 2010, where every other band is just re-brutalizng the brutalness thats been re-brutalized time and time again.

Structure is the key!

Skhrnykhsk
January 18th 2011



48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Epic vocals.

Spec
April 23rd 2011



26846 Comments


Forgot about this.

Emim
April 23rd 2011



26196 Comments


Got old fast, but still some great tunage to be had here.

Itwasthatwas
April 24th 2011



729 Comments


whoa completely forgot about these guys, haven't listened to them since the debut came out
gotta go hunt for my copy

sailSAway
September 16th 2011



812 Comments


its good, but just makes me wanna go back to a chorus of obliteration, their massively underrated album!



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