Conducting from the Grave
Revenants


2.5
average

Review

by Kyle Seubert USER (4 Reviews)
November 6th, 2010 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bring on the breakdowns!

Conducting From the Grave’s 2009 full length, When Legends Become Dust, presented the metal community with something that had been lacking for quite some time: decent deathcore. It’s not that When Legends Become Dust was ground breaking, completely original or even Album of The Year material, it was just plain fun. It was an album that allowed for a great show of technicality and some fantastic, albeit extremely cheesy, guitar leads that kept the momentum of the album flowing. With only a year in between When Legends Become Dust and their new album, Revenants, it’s become very clear that time has not been too kind to the band.

It’s not to say, however, that Revenants is a grand departure from their sound because that would be completely untrue. The technicality of the guitar leads and the melodic lines are still present, along with strong presence from the bass and the drums, however Conducting From the Grave have fallen into the typical deathcore stereotype with an over abundance of breakdowns and songs that tend to become unmemorable and even undistinguishable from one another.

Revenants starts off with “And Our War Will Dawn” which begins with a softer, almost acoustic interlude, before the song kicks into full gear. Once it does, it sets a trend for the rest of the songs on the album: When the song gains momentum, it’s time to break it down. Guitarists John Abernathy and Jeffery Morgan do their best to keep things interesting with some good harmony and a strong showing of technicality. The solo in “And Our War Will Dawn” is a good example of this as well as the sweeping outro in “The Tyrant’s Throne.” Examples of their competency on the guitar is littered throughout the rest of the album, especially in the head of the melodies in “Her Poisoned Tongues,” “Path of a Traitor,” and the title track “Revenants.” Drummer Greg Donnelly and bassist Steven Lovas do their best to keep up with the guitars and even show spots of brilliance, however, for the most part, are kept to playing behind the guitar lines.

In the department of the vocals, Mikey Powell is a giant step up from old vocalist Lou Tanuis. Powell’s lows have a much better, if not more processed, guttural sound to them than did Tanuis on When Legends Become Dust. Also, much improved in the aspect of the vocals, are Powell’s high screams and screeches. They sound much more natural than and not as forced as Tanuis’ which allows for a much easier listen. Lyrically, Revenants is about the same as When Legends Become Dust by dealing with themes of death, destruction, and even betrayal.

In the end, all is not lost. The jazzy interludes of “Unholiest of Nightmares” and “What Monsters We Have Become, Pt.2” show that the band has not lost all touches with their more progressive side and can still execute some very excellent songwriting. However, the departure of the longer song structures seen on When Legends Become Dust has the unfortunate effect of forcing breakdowns into songs which easily disrupt the flow of the song and does not give adequate time for the melodic lines to completely mature. In the end, Conducting From the Grave must find a way to subdue their newfound love for breakdowns or run the risk of becoming another generic Sumerian band.

Recommended Tracks

“Unholiest of Nightmares”
“Path of a Traitor”
“We Who Shall Conquer”


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Darion Paone (3)
Conducting From the Grave leave me with disjointed outlooks on their musical abilities and depth....

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The biggest letdown of 2010...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Derkyle
November 5th 2010


188 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was actually extremely underwhelmed with this album. I never thought they would go this direction, but it's not the worst thing that I've heard all year.

On another note, be kind, its my first review. I had more that I wanted to say, but once you start writing, its way to easy to get lost and lose what you had planned to say. Any criticism is welcome. (Especially when it comes to italics and bolds)

bloc
November 5th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh man, only a 2.5? I have this on my pc and am pretty curious to check it out.

ShadowRemains
November 5th 2010


21054 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

they're no Born of Osiris THAT'S FOR SURE















still luv ya bloc...

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

bloc
November 5th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Har har har, Shadow! But new Osiris in 2011? Call me excited.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2010


31362 Comments


Such a bad band name

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

ShadowRemains
November 5th 2010


21054 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i'm JUST A TAD bit more excited for ulcerate

bloc
November 5th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Who?





I kid, I took a listen to Ulcerate's last album once more and I started to get into it much more than the first time.

Yeah, the band name is pretty cheesy.

Scoot
November 5th 2010


17817 Comments


damn, the debut was actually promising

Derkyle
November 5th 2010


188 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah the band name is very cheesy.

I almost had this at a 3 but it just wasnt as good as their first full length.

ZippaThaRippa
November 6th 2010


2434 Comments


HEY Sumerian has a few very decent bands

Scrambled
November 6th 2010


391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Nice review, I was thinking of reviewing this and happy someone did. i completely agree with your rating as well

Emim
November 6th 2010


26646 Comments


Hope this isn't a 2.5

crowing51
November 6th 2010


3453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hear the record label made them change there sound with this album and add in alot of breakdowns and crap. Sucks ass if that is true because this band is really good. Not as good as the debut at all.

Spec
November 6th 2010


27189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Noooooooooo

climactic
November 6th 2010


19371 Comments


I heard Sumerian makes u add more breakdowns if you dont have enough js

Emim
November 6th 2010


26646 Comments


Bring*

bloc
November 6th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn

Emim
November 6th 2010


26646 Comments


It's still a sentence, but I was pretty sure you meant bring

bloc
November 6th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I did mean "bring", thank you.


But Sumerian isn't all bad. I think they'll either put out a really enjoyable album or a terrible album. There's hardly ever any middle ground with them.

Emim
November 6th 2010


26646 Comments


I don't really even know what bands are with them



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