Salt The Wound
Kill the Crown


4.0
excellent

Review

by promiseswept USER (14 Reviews)
March 18th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Salt The Wound 2.0

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Salt The Wound officially disbanded in January of 2010. Now back from the grave as a two-piece (officially), it came as a very pleasant surprise to me when they announced they would be getting back together with original members Kevin Schaefer (vocals) and Jake Scott (guitar) to record and release a new CD. With Brandon Tabor (also drummed on Carnal Repercussions) filling out the lineup as their studio drummer, Kill The Crown was officially released a few months later. This is nothing like the band that released Carnal Repercussions and especially Ares. This is Salt The Wound 2.0: back from the dead, and sporting a brand new and very welcome sound.

Melody. The word is a very universal and unique one. It is also something that almost all deathcore bands are void of. While past releases from Salt The Wound mixed a little bit of melody and a lot of heaviness, Kill The Crown is actually the complete opposite. Breakdowns are used very sparingly, riffing is aplenty and filled with talent, and the songs have a lot more structure than on past CD's. Salt The Wound grow in almost every way on Kill The Crown. Some of the more riff-oriented tracks include "To The Top," "Early Mornings And Late Nights," and "A Year In The Suburbs." Jake shines on Kill The Crown, plain and simple. His very accommodating, free-flowing riffing style perfectly compliments Brandon's technical thrash/death metal influenced drumming. Jake also finds a way to include a lot of melody on the ten tracks, without coming off as redundant and shifting the band to a metalcore sound. Salt The Wound is still very much deathcore; they are just a better version of it.

Kevin Schaefer's grating, throat-heavy scream can be a love or hate aspect to Salt The Wound. While definitely having a unique sound, it's safe to say that some listeners may be a little turned off by it. However, Kevin has definitely improved since Carnal Repercussions, and it shows. Gone are the pig squeals, the cracking scream, the excessive layering. The production on Kevin's voice is good enough that it doesn't need the help of processing or layering. Another positive to Kill The Crown is Brandon Tabor's drumming. Not too over the top or complex for the riffing, Brandon is the epitome of a solid deathcore drummer. He mixes euro-blasting, bomb blasts, and even a few gravities in there; all while maintaining the traditional thrash drummer feel.

To be honest, there aren't many negatives to Kill The Crown. The CD as a whole is a little short, but overall it's a pretty original take on deathcore that mixes elements of melody to compliment the dark feel of the CD. If I had to recommend a few tracks, definitely check out "Consequence" and "Elle Ess Dee." "Consequence" is an emotional instrumental, filled with soaring synths and mellow riffing. It's a great end to a surprising CD. Salt The Wound is back, they have redefined their sound, and Kill The Crown is undeniable evidence of that. Welcome back!



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promiseswept
March 18th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks man!

promiseswept
March 18th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

came out a little short than I wanted. But I'm still feelin it


accompliceofmydeath
March 18th 2011


4252 Comments


I've heard this band is decent for deathcore. Perhaps I'll pick this up.

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

promiseswept
March 18th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

do it! check out consequence. sick song

djunior
March 18th 2011


796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no, not doing it for me.

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inca829
March 19th 2011


15 Comments


couldn't really get into this...

SteelErectedb4you8er
March 19th 2011


2618 Comments


This band used to be a stoner band I thought. I may have my names of bands mixed up, but they used to play at The Note on Stoner Rock Wednesdays in Chicago. God, I miss that shit.

AbyssalCreation
March 21st 2011


2041 Comments


I dug this quite a bit.

promiseswept
March 21st 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ditto!

DjentThePie514
March 21st 2011


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FROM MY HOMETOWN FUCK YES, so glad there back and excited to play with these guys!

Good review dude.

R6Rider
March 21st 2011


4679 Comments


these guys used to practice a couple rooms down from me

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promiseswept
March 21st 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haha were they good

Eulogize
March 24th 2011


2969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No! What has happened to the old Salt the Wound? What happened to Gloves? Their Carnal Repercussions album was good, I just can't get into this. Nice review anyway.

crayolacore
March 24th 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As much as I like Carnal Repercussions and Ares, I have to say this is their most focused effort yet.
I'm glad to hear that all the immature pig squeals have been done away with and that the songwriting
is tighter than ever!

Great review, btw.

krig9412
April 29th 2011


794 Comments


So if I liked Carnal Repercussions, but found Ares to be a total piece of shit, will I like this?

AbyssalCreation
April 29th 2011


2041 Comments


I think so yeah.

xandermander
May 1st 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoyed this album quite a bit, and good review, but it seems like almost all the riffs are
completely stolen from Parkway Drive. "Why don't you have a seat?" uses the exact same riff as
Parkway's "Sleepwalkers".

Not too familiar with the band either, if anyone's seen them live do you have any idea why they use
exclusively inhales in their live sets? Most of the vocals on the album sound exhaled so it really
caught me by surprise when they blew chunks live.

HylianNightmare
July 6th 2011


72 Comments


agreed about the melody part i used to not be a very big fan of them because of the lack of melody but this album is great for sure

Pharoh
August 9th 2011


3326 Comments


wow this is better than i thought

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2011


7095 Comments


It's not overly bad.



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