Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


5.0
classic

Review

by Ty USER (11 Reviews)
June 27th, 2011 | 44 replies | 4,514 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I often think of you. Yet, rare is a night in these times where I let your sound be heard.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Pain is something dreaded by the human race. We do all we can to forget it, avoid it, and remove it from our bodies. We do everything in our possible power to pry it from our sad little existence. Yet, humanity has failed. Never will this race be free of pestilence, disease, heartbreak, or suffering. This is our earth, and we call it home. This is our obliterated earth, this is where we must remain.

Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me came at just the right time in my life. In the year of 2008 I was in a horrible place, I hated where I was and what I was. The previous year I had fallen ill to an odd variety of symptoms, the actual disease was never identified. It is assumed that I had Crohn's Disease, something that I believed I would have to battle for the remainder of my life. The pain I was in was crippling, and I found nothing that would take me through it, nothing to alleviate the pain I would feel continuously for a year. That is, until I found Brand New's magnum opus. I had never heard anything with such pain so evident in the vocals. I felt as if Jesse Lacey, the front man and chief lyricist of the band, had felt what I felt. He had been where I had been. When I was drowned in pain, I would plug myself into the pure emotion exuding from each and every track. Everything seemed to be coming to a close in my small life at that point. It pushed me through a time in my life which I thought would be the death of me. It brought me home.

My brother, he was dying. By arrival of 2008, he had been in and out of the hospital for 3 straight years and was, unlike me, officially diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. As all this was happening, I started to notice the first phases of mild Social Anxiety Disorder, and I pushed everyone at my school away. I never felt connected to them anyway, as none of them were people I particularly wished to associate with under any circumstance. I lacked company, however, and I had come to believe that my only form of companionship was being taken away from me. So, I drowned myself in the beautiful textures of Lacey's voice, the haunting guitar riffs, and the captivating drum work. In a world and a time when nowhere felt like home, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me became my solace. It helped me isolate myself from the world.

Now, the reader may be asking themselves why I have spent a great deal of time detailing this album's impact upon my life. Well, the answer is quite simple. The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is one of the most emotionally charging albums that I know of. During a time of utter chaos and despair in my life, it managed to connect with me in a way that not even a human could. Each individual chord or note is played out in such a way that prevents any moment from not being gut wrenching. Lacey's crooning voice spews out pain in even the slightest utterance. Emotion can be felt in every chord of his vocal performances within this album. There is not a single flaw, not a single weak moment or track. Everything is absolute perfection. Think of The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me like a leech. It latches onto you, seemingly sucking away at one's vitality. However, at the end of the record, one can easily raise their head above the surface of whatever dark water they may have been treading and face the next challenge with a renewed sense of being. Brand New has crafted an album that is nothing short of a brilliance, perfect for reflection upon the sad state of being in which humankind lives.

Though this may be the millionth review of this album that has graced this website, I feel as if it is necessary for me to write. Not so much for the readers out there, but for myself. I would be lost without this, I feel as if I owe some sort of homage to the album that changed my life and honestly turned me on to greater music. I am aware that my review, which is nothing more than text on an screen, will never quite repay what I feel I owe Brand New for writing this album. I rarely put this LP on anymore, as the storm which I faced for years has finally blown over. Yet, I tend to find myself thinking of the impact that The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me has made upon my life. Though it is no longer played on constant repeat as it was for years, I will always remember what this masterpiece helped me through. I will never forget.



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North0House2
June 27th 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ah, I have no idea how this turned out. To tell the truth, I did not proofread it. Kinda spilled a lot of semi-personal info. So, I apologize if it lacks enough information to really be a review. I tried to include the reasons why I love this thing though.

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North0House2
June 27th 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolutely.

fsharptrit0ne
June 27th 2011



4628 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Holy fuck, this album has a lot of reviews

YetAnotherBrick
June 27th 2011



4339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

probably one of the best albums ever. good review, too.

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vanderb0b
June 27th 2011



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gonna give this another shot sometime soon, this is one of the albums that I really should love, but never really got into all that much. Review was a very good read.

MrSnuffles
June 27th 2011



112 Comments


So glad this got a review

North0House2
June 27th 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Holy fuck, this album has a lot of reviews"

Lol, I know, but this has been something I've wanted to write about since I got it years ago.

bowlofsoup
June 27th 2011



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was going to say in b4 why did this get reviewed again, but I obviously got beat to it. Good review though, have a pos. I love this album

SowingSeason
Emeritus
June 27th 2011



14513 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

YES YES YES

North0House2
June 27th 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol thanks, glad people think this was a decent review.

fsharptrit0ne
June 27th 2011



4628 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Tis a good review. I'm not really into Brand New, I know, I suck

North0House2
June 27th 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man.
Ah that's alright, I suppose it's not everyone's cup of tea.

bowlofsoup
June 27th 2011



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Every time a song off of this comes up on my ipod I laugh. I usually don't listen to this genre at all. The stuff that sputnik can convince someone to listen to is hilarious

North0House2
June 27th 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha, I know, some albums I own now I would've never even thought of had it not been for Sputnik. I think of Sputnik every time La Dispute graces my ears lol. I totally never would've bought it if it weren't for this site, yet I love the band now.

bowlofsoup
June 27th 2011



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually, the same thing happened to me with La Dispute too. This site has given me a ton of good music to listen to.

North0House2
June 27th 2011



5619 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Seriously? haha, nice. Same here, I rarely buy an album anymore if it isn't viewed highly by the community here, mainly because my tastes seem to somehow relate to that of the user base here. It's a great site.

Blackbelt54
June 27th 2011



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. I could see myself 5'ing this one day

bowlofsoup
June 27th 2011



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I can honestly say that this site is definitely getting me into different types of music. I only listened to metalcore when I joined, lol.

bowlofsoup
June 27th 2011



1073 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ blackbelt54 It's pretty close to a 5 for me as well

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2011



7013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Length of list of album reviews > length of this review.

In any case, I for one am very glad music helped your healing process. Have a pos, mate.

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