King Conquer
America's Most Haunted


3.5
great

Review

by promiseswept USER (14 Reviews)
December 11th, 2010 | 54 replies | 10,341 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Making all other deathcore irrelevant since 2002! (almost)

To be completely upfront- this CD makes Whitechapel and Suicide Silence look like pop bands. America's Most Haunted is a journey into a beautiful mix of accessibility for heavy music fans while still pushing the "extreme" genres. The Florida band do a lot of things right with AMH. However, they can't seem to escape a few of the pitfalls from making this a 4 or 4.5. Take the CD with a little grain of salt: it's their first full-length. Even All Shall Perish was mediocre at best on their first release. King Conquer are polar opposites of what seems to be nothing but disappointing deathcore debut CD's.

All Shall Perish have progressed to incorporate clean vocals and noodly guitar passages in their newer works. Oceano have progressed to straight un-listenability. Job For A Cowboy have left deathcore as a whole and have turned into a dumbed-down tech death metal band. If there's any definition for just straight up, good deathcore: it's King Conquer. If the genre as a whole isn't your thing, chances are you won't agree. If this is your thing however, read on. You have probably discovered a worthwhile CD.

King Conquer is:

James Mislow-Vocals
Tony Reid-Guitar
John Byrd-Guitar
Adam Whited- Bass Guitar
Chris Whited-Drums/Vocals

The good: The vocals. They reach indecipherable lows, and soar to screeching highs. James runs rampant through every track, using rapid-fire growls, gutterals, and tough-guy hardcore yells. Chris' vocals in themselves are impressive. He utilizes a mid-scream as well that is accompanied with an above average tone. The lyrics are above average as well. Every member of the band wrote lyrics for at least one of the songs. Adam wrote "Turmoil Before Enlightenment," which is about his constant battle with multiple sclerosis (he had to re-learn all of their songs twice because of it). The drumming (talent-wise) is great, keeping up with the trend of great deathcore drummers. Chris adds to his great vocal work with great cymbal usage, euro and straight blasting, and good kick drum polyrhythms. In addition, the kick drum sounds great on this CD. It's clear, crisp, punchy, and not too clicky/triggered sounding. The production guitar-wise is amazing. The tones achieved are heavy, clear, and distinct. Riffs are also above average (see "Wasted Potential" and "America's Most Haunted"). There is absolutely NO filler in the actual songs (excluding "Overdraft" and "Frequencies"), and songs do not suffer from being too lengthy or repetitive. "Return To Sender" features a mellow acoustic strumming riff for a few minutes before breaking into an above average breakdown to finish it off. "Trash Can Alley" is probably the best song on AMH for a few reasons: the eerie intro and outro riff. The breakdowns do not succumb to boring chugs, use of only one note, or too much open playing. The delay and reverb on James' screams are perfect: not too much, not too distorted, and don't take away from enunciation (when applicable).

The bad: Yes, there's songs about the government. That in itself isn't a bad thing. But, mixed in with seemingly every heavy band's need to write about it, it sure is. The first real track "Six Gallon Gasoline Stomach" is plagued by THREE f words in ONE sentence. Too much. The drums are sound-sampled (most albums are these days) which also in itself isn't a bad thing. The only problem is that the drums sampled in don't sound good. The snare and toms sound muddy and robotic during fast fills or blast beat passages. As mentioned before though, the kick drum sounds great, however it's mixed way too low in the mix for my liking. Around track 9, the songs CAN start to run together if it's your first few times listening to AMH. "3 Axle" and "Unborn Existence" are the two weakest tracks on the CD, as they contain some of the least-interesting riffs and breakdowns on the record. The bass work is almost inaudible, and the tone of it just doesn't sound good. It's too processed, too EQ'd, and too robotic. Individual strikes on the strings go completely unnoticed, as the instrument as a whole just runs together. To be honest it's a below-average production attempt on a very important aspect of a heavy CD. On a less-revelant subject, the artwork for AMH is cliche with a small hint of bad. Overall though, there's just not much to dislike about this.

This is a great deathcore CD when it boils down to it. If this is your thing, I highly recommend checking this out. If this isn't your thing, possibly give it a try as well, you could be surprised. America's Most Haunted is one of the better deathcore releases in the past few years.

Recommended Tracks:
Six Gallon Gasoline Stomach
No Regret
Trash Can Alley

Stay Away From:
Overdraft (filler)
Frequencies (filler)
Unborn Existence



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promiseswept
December 11th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haven't reviewed in like six months but i'm pretty happy with this

ZippaThaRippa
December 11th 2010


2417 Comments


Fuck this band.

promiseswept
December 11th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sad haha

promiseswept
December 11th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dont understand why someone negged. awesome

xxKillWithASmile
December 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beats me. Good review, dude. And I'm a fan of this album to boot.

promiseswept
December 12th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks dude

beav910
December 12th 2010


22 Comments


whered you get lyrics for this promiseswept?

randomguitarist
December 12th 2010


158 Comments


Terrible writing, good CD.

promiseswept
December 13th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bought the cd :|

promiseswept
December 13th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

terrible writing on the review? if you do think so i would like constructive criticism. i was pretty stoked on how this turned out

matthewk615
December 15th 2010


4 Comments


good review, i personally love this album.
i feel like its a perfect example of what deathcore should be.

for not writing something in almost six months, this was executed well. great ear to pick up on the production on the drums, i didn't entirely notice some of what you said until i really took notice.

promiseswept
December 16th 2010


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

-matthew

thanks man. I'm completely obsessed with drums and I like to listen closely to them. the fills just sound bad on a production level IMO

chrisconquer
December 30th 2010


2 Comments


im the drummer of this band. i like this review. but the drums are not samples. i made sure because i wanted it to be natural. the kick is a mix between a sample and natural. everything else is natural.

chrisconquer
December 30th 2010


2 Comments


and we also had a very low budget to record on.

promiseswept
January 5th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks man! i had kinda thought that because I have experience recording my drums too and that's what they did with mine. i'll correct it

Sinthus
January 9th 2011


36 Comments


The first sentence itself reeeeeally tempted me to neg for some reason, just struck a chord with me, but im not a douche bag...everything else in this review was very well done.

promiseswept
January 10th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks haha. idk i listen to no time to bleed by ss and it's just so weak compared to this. the cleansing was heavy though

Sinthus
January 14th 2011


36 Comments


I was referring more to The Somatic Defilement, This is Exile, and yah the Cleansing. So I suppose if you were referring to those two bands most recent releases, then your first statement would be correct.

promiseswept
January 14th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the somatic defilement is awesome haha. nothing like raping and torturing sluts

ATLbraves
June 25th 2011


193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great band, great shows, great CD, great review.

But "Unborn Existence" rules IMO...one of the best on the album.



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