Integrity
Seasons in the Size of Days


3.5
great

Review

by HSThomas USER (33 Reviews)
April 13th, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What is gained with one hand, we lose with the other.

As times changed so did Integrity. Their revolving cast of musicians prevented any consistency throughout the nineties. Those Who Fear Tomorrow presented a dark, titanic unearthing of humanity’s deepest demons but as the group evolved, the sound was stripped back and experimented on until, by the time of Seasons In The Size of Days, the entire sound had been streamlined to a fine point. The majority of the songs upon this short LP are thrash-influenced bouts of hardcore fury. Dwid’s voice has also been toned back; no longer sounding like a psychotic Lemmy, his vocals sound more in tune with one of the howling souls of the damned that he rants about. In a way this toning back of all the elements of a band’s sound signals a form of maturity and indeed that is partially the case here.

There is absolutely no filler on this record. Not one of the songs rely on the chugging riffs anymore. The soloing has been cut back too, in exchange for low-end, thrash metal riffs that add more variety and aggression than many of Integrity’s previous attempts at the short song. Combined with rather basic if energetic drumwork, the album charges through nine of the eleven songs with all the subtlety of an iron bull. Great but this aggression also feels disconnected from the whole premise of the album. The idea of mankind’s last days on Earth doesn’t just bring the idea of brother turning on brother in recriminatory violence or of Mel Gibson rolling into town in his Falcon but also the desperation and sadness that comes with the downfall. This was an intrinsic part of Integrity’s earlier works and it gave the music emotional dynamism. On this album, though, it is mostly stripped back and overridden by sheer rage. There are some moments where the diversity is displayed; the tempo and tonal shifts of “Orbital Teleplastic Emanation” produce a concentrated explosion of futility and anger; the sludge-metal ballad “Millenial Reign”, which starts off well but ends up feeling strained and repetitive; and the crowning jewel of the album “Heaven Inside Your Hell,” a minimalistic, piano-driven piece that conveys the darkness and despair of the album better than any other song. These moments are too few and too inconsistent in execution though. This record is ingenious at one moment yet disjointed at the next. It’s fully an Integrity album but for that very reason, it’s its own worst enemy.



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accompliceofmydeath
April 13th 2011


4607 Comments


Awesome review. I don't listen to this album as much as other Integrity records though.

One thing I noticed: "Mel Gibson rolling into town on the back of his Harley" is this supposed to be a reference to The Road Warrior/ Mad Max? If so, I don't think he ever rode a motorcycle in those movies.

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iFghtffyrdmns
April 13th 2011


7047 Comments


"lconsistency" should be consistency
"partly" at the end of that paragraph sound better as "partially"

other than that, nicely done. congrats on 25

accompliceofmydeath
April 13th 2011


4607 Comments


Ahh, you may be right. I retract my previous statement.

BallsToTheWall
April 13th 2011


48093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Major fucking respect to reviewing this. If you review Bloodlet next you'll be my hero.

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accompliceofmydeath
April 13th 2011


4607 Comments


OMG, BLOODLET YES!

Zettel
April 13th 2011


661 Comments


I do not particularly like the review, but this is positively an improvement. Concise and clearer, I got a better picture of the whole. Pos.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2011


7503 Comments


As time changed so did Integrity.

This opening sentence was so bizarre (and quite silly) that I just stopped reading. Sorry.

(PS - Time doesn't change. But that's probably just semantics on my part)

NOISECORE
May 27th 2011


80 Comments


I love how the RYM rating is so much higher than this.

demigod!
November 1st 2013


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

digging this a lot more than systems overload so far

demigod!
November 6th 2013


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

confirmed for rockin

ResidentNihilist
November 12th 2013


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heaven Inside Your Hell is one of Integrity's greatest songs.

demigod!
November 12th 2013


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

millenial reign too. such massiveness

ResidentNihilist
November 12th 2013


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always found that song went on for way too long though, drawing out the sludge way too much. Ending acoustic part rules really hard though.

demigod!
June 12th 2014


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dirt stained smoke fills the air

JokineAugustus
July 3rd 2014


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so this is rated high than those that fear on rym

adr
July 3rd 2014


11711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea, but rym are rly wrong for that one, this is still underrated here though, avg must be 3.7-8

JokineAugustus
July 3rd 2014


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahh ok. Gonna have to check all their albums out one day.

demigod!
July 3rd 2014


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea idk what's up with that but this album rules, probably their second best full length

adr
July 3rd 2014


11711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prefer To Die For over this, but yea this is awesome. 3rd best for me

demigod!
July 3rd 2014


49220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

need to jam that one more honestly, seems pretty close tho



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