Winds Of Plague
Against the World


4.5
superb

Review

by BatmanDTW USER (2 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2011 | 74 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: WOP return to their roots

As if Decimate The Weak and The Great Stone War, weren't awesome enough, LA natives Winds Of Plague come back with a vengeance and destroy their past work. No, seriously, just about everything on this album has improved. Full of vastly improved keyboard, a much larger variety in the drums, pretty good lyrics at times, and quite a few guest appearances by Mattie Montogomery of For Today, Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, and even The Ultimate Warrior. Yeah, this album was absolutely amazing.

First of all, despite what some say, I believe Johnny Plague is a compotent and even amazing vocalist. Sure, he inhales most if not all screams, he says "***" a lot, and he sometimes believes he's black (it's the LA in him), but he works with the band. He gives off a certain energy and it really helps the band in a huge way. That's especially apparent on ATW with his powerful battle music anthems. Every song makes you want to jump around or punch someone or slay a dragon or something ridiculous and over the top like that. He jumps from shrieks, gutturals, shouts, and just regular talking like it's nothing. He's personally one of my favorite things about the band.

Next, the keyboard, which is probably the biggest improvement over all. A common complaint I noticed with TGSW was that the symphonics felt more gimmicky that time around when compared to DTW. Well, that comparison can't be made anymore since new keyboarder Alana Potocnik got recruited. DTW merely dipped into symphonics and TGSW just experimented a bit with it. ATW has her jumping headfirst into it. Her keyboard skills really shine when playing horror type symphonics on tracks like the album intro, "Raise The Dead" and "Monsters." She also tries a few new things with Japanese sounding elements in the spoken word track, "The Warrior Code." She also improves on the already established "LOTR battle music" with tracks like "Built For War" and "Strength To Dominate." Her work on this album blew me away.

The drums were also a huge plus. TGSW saw a new drummer in Art Cruz, but that album suffered from extremely repetitive beats and breakdowns. It seems that Cruz took the criticism pretty well and changed that quite a bit. This album is full of diverse breakdowns, blast beats, and even a little bit of almost military style drums in the intro of "Built For War" and some old school hardcore type beats in "California" I wasn't impressed with Cruz on TGSW but he definitely proved he's a great drummer with some good ideas.

Lastly, the ridiculous and crazy guitar and bass from DTW makes a triumphant return. The crazy solos and extremely noticeable bass are back and better than ever. Both guitarists mesh well together and make sure to have plenty of complex guitar and not too much chugging. The solos are best on songs like "One For The Butcher" and the title track. However, the chugging is here and clearly evident, but it doesn't ruin the album. I also really enjoy how loud the bass is. Most bands seem to have almost non existent or very hidden bass, and that isn't the case here.

Overall, this album is near perfect. It experiments with some very subtle electronic in "One For The Butcher" and "Against The World." It doesn't seem like WOP will be going all dancebeats and autotune on us, but the electronic is hit or miss. I prefer the symphonics, but some variety is nice too. If you like this band, but this album. It's amazing. Against The World truly crushed everything.

Recommended Tracks:
Raise The Dead
One For The Butcher
Built For War
Monsters


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BallsToTheWall
April 23rd 2011


44785 Comments


BURN THIS MOTHERFUCKER DOWN.........

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Winsomniac
April 23rd 2011


8001 Comments


Compotent.

Random pun or vocabulary fail?

Digging: The Ghost Inside - Dear Youth

Neenahskater
April 23rd 2011


353 Comments


I hope this was a joke. This band sucks. They suck live too

cvlts
April 23rd 2011


8976 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nah they were legit when i saw them live. but yeah, album sux

dixoncocks
April 23rd 2011


2639 Comments


when the keyboardist put her boobs in my face, that was cool.

TechieCore
April 23rd 2011


662 Comments


God awful album. God awful band.

Acanthus
April 23rd 2011


9543 Comments


Oh this brought the lulz on many levels. You talk as if the album is a thing of the past, use "improve" (or variants of it) far too often, and comments made in the second paragraph blew your authority as a reviewer right out of the water.

BallsToTheWall
April 24th 2011


44785 Comments


Alot of people want to get beat down with carjacks it seems......wait till new Bury Your dead faggots then i'll come up to your doorstep and punch you in the brown.

Wizard
April 24th 2011


19607 Comments


As if Decimate The Weak and The Great Stone War, weren't awesome enough,

...

Digging: Full Of Hell & Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow

wrongsprite
April 24th 2011


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pretty decent album, but 4.5...just no. No. Nah. It's feel good music, but it's hardly excellence.

sifFlammable
April 24th 2011


2741 Comments


sweet album art tho, reminds me of dat cool scene in the movie 'sucker punch' which was otherwise an
awful piece of shit

ZombicidalMan
April 24th 2011


1904 Comments


Henker samurai > this band's samurai.

I'm not trying grab attention for my review, just making a true statement ;)

BatmanDTW
April 24th 2011


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this was only my second review but yeah, practice makes perfect. i really liked this album, but if no one agrees that's cool too. just my opinion.

you guys seem like you know how to review music. any tips?

BatmanDTW
April 24th 2011


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wait, did i understand this correctly? when new bury your dead comes out, your going to punch people in the asshole?

Neenahskater
April 24th 2011


353 Comments


Don't review WINDS OF FAG

BatmanDTW
April 24th 2011


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fag and plague don't even rhyme...

and why not? i liked the album, there was no review for it, so i thought i'd give it a try. i think my writing skills need work, not my musical taste. if i can enjoy it and give legitimate reasons why, i don't see anything wrong with that.

Neenahskater
April 24th 2011


353 Comments


fag doesn't need to rhyme. I want you to know when i left the show they were playing the drummer came up to me and he tried giving me a sticker and i said no. He got pissed and started to follow me and I said get the fuck away your band sucks and he kept trying to give me the sticker so i took it, bit it in half and threw it at him. Then I said to you get the message now.

They are by far the worst and most dissrespectful band I have ever seen

demigod!
April 24th 2011


44998 Comments


lol 4.5 really no

Digging: Autechre - LP5

Neenahskater
April 24th 2011


353 Comments


thats not why I 1'd it. I hate excessive use of inwards. I hate that fact that they need a hot chick to make their band popular. They breakdowns suck. And there music is way too simple. Its a scene more than it is a band

BatmanDTW
April 24th 2011


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whatever, man.



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