Integrity
Humanity is the Devil


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cyan1d3 USER (3 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2012 | 103 replies | 7,533 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Integrity's "Humanity Is The Devil" matches the raw and aggressive power of their debut album while adding greater metal influences and throttling up the speed. An essential metalcore release.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Integrity is the band that perfected metalcore. A bold statement, but it's substantiated by the fact that no modern metalcore band has matched the raw passion of the music written by Integrity. Riffs that carry the momentum of a freight train, blistering solos, and tortured screams are all essential to the apocalyptic atmosphere that Integrity generates with their innovative blend of hardcore and metal.

The album starts off strong with "Vocal Test." Its catchy mid-paced riff helps to ease virgin ears into the chaos that ensues with the next four tracks. Beginning with "Hollow," Integrity slams on the gas pedal and rarely eases up through "Abraxas Annihilation." This is some of the most punishing metalcore ever released, and it was crafted before anybody else.

However, Integrity does understands the necessity of tempo changes. The bass fills at the beginning of "Psychological Warfare" and the breakdown at the end of "Trapped Under Silence" are excellent examples of the varied and unique song structures that make this record stand out. Don't be fooled though; the slower and mid-paced sections are still very heavy and are placed to build up to the next thrashy riff, rather than just to offer relief. However, the most outstanding achievement of this album is "Jagged Visions of My True Destiny." Everything that metalcore should be is contained in this song; epic melodies, heavy riffs, emotive shouted vocals, and a perfectly placed solo. The song structure is one of the greatest I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Unfortunately, the final two tracks are essentially throwaways. They contain little songwriting, instead consisting of pointless vocal samples and silence. It's too bad that the album had to end so terribly, as the first 15 minutes are nearly immaculate. Thankfully, these two tracks can simply be ignored. Their presence is not too bothersome due to the incredible nature of the first six tracks, and they can be easily deleted anyways.

If you have any desire for a faithful blend of metal and hardcore music, get this record immediately. Not since this record has any metalcore band achieved the brutal intensity and apocalyptic atmosphere contained in Integrity's musical vision.


Recommended tracks:
Tracks 1 through 6


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Fluttertrank
June 2nd 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the lyrics on vocal test are amazing, good review bro

Cyan1d3
June 2nd 2012



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't know how this was review-less, this is pretty damn awesome.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2012



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the lyrics on vocal test are amazing


i c wat u did there

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

eternium
June 2nd 2012



16332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally this gets a review.

Fluttertrank
June 2nd 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah arent i fucking funny.

Cyan1d3
June 2nd 2012



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"the lyrics on vocal test are amazing, good review bro"

lol. it's actually an epic introductory song imo

Fluttertrank
June 2nd 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, this guy is actually one of my favorite vocalists.

eternium
June 2nd 2012



16332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, Integrity pretty much created metallic hardcore, at least as far as I know. It was spearheaded by them, Starkweather, and Rorschach.

Cyan1d3
June 2nd 2012



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, but Integrity is definitely better than either of those two bands imo

Fluttertrank
June 2nd 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah integrity is better. without this band there is no earth crisis or hatebreed and no innocent victim.

eternium
June 2nd 2012



16332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's debatable. Hardly anyone has heard the Acme EP, apparently.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2012



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Hollow" is a sick tune

Cyan1d3
June 2nd 2012



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idk if you saw, but I already put Acme in the recommended music. To Reduce the Choir to One Soloist is pretty fucking great

eternium
June 2nd 2012



16332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's why I said that.

Fluttertrank
June 2nd 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i might check it out

Cyan1d3
June 2nd 2012



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"i might check it out"

definitely get on that. it's actually pretty similar to this

Cyan1d3
June 2nd 2012



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might review that album sometime...who knows

MMX
June 3rd 2012



4794 Comments


Album rules

Fluttertrank
June 3rd 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nope.

HSThomas
June 3rd 2012



668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This doesn't lay a finger on the debut tbh. Songs just don't have the same impact or power and the vocals are so buried in the mix it's ridiculous.



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