Review Summary: Five minutes and twenty-eight seconds of blind rage.
Children of God - Coup de Grace
Rage. Think of all the bands you can come up with that best exemplify that most basic of human emotions. Some will probably come up with the fury of Weekend Nachos, some might bring up the well thought-out, calculated anger of Dangers, others might reference the socio-political act of Punch, yet others might think of a more streamlined sound of rage through bands like Hatebreed or Parkway Drive. Regardless of your individual thoughts of these bands, we can all agree that at least some people might think that these bands are the best sonic format to rage. Yet the truth of that is far from it. The truth is, is that rage, in its most pure form, is not well thought out. It is not calculated, it doesn’t have its own agenda, and it certainly isn’t processed or streamlined. The true sound of rage is brute shot of emotion; of the white-hot fury of every sense, come alive, forming into a near incoherent song of anger. Yet through all the incoherence and babble, even outside parties can’t help but discern a frightening sense of understanding for the suffering member.
Southern California hardcore act, Children of God, on their first EP, Coup De Grace
, have captured the raw, messy, and unclean sound of pure, unrequited rage in sonic format. Right from the dual feedback of opening track ‘Sheep, Meet Blade’, there’s a disturbingly inviting atmosphere that encourages the listener to keep out ears in tuned for what is about to come. An open door to a very angry band that, while even sounding childish with its above and beyond breakdowns and almost out-of-tuned blast beats, makes you can’t help but relate to all the times when the only thing you can do it just scream of hatred. ’31 Seconds of Blind Rage’ is just that, a near half minute of messy sounding drums, an absolutely frantic frontman, and a bleeding guitar that radiates all the emotion of blind rage. Coup De Grace
's ending climax on final track ‘While You Sleep At Night…’ sends shivers down your back with its sliding bass track, crushing feedback-heavy guitar breakdown that leaves you more disturbed at the end than you at the very beginning of the EP. It only makes you want to listen to it again, as the whole EP is only five minutes and twenty eight seconds. Yet after you’ve given it time to sink in, after you’ve listened to this repeatedly, there’s no denying that Coup De Grace
is five minutes and twenty eight seconds of blind rage.