Integrity
Humanity is the Devil


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cyan1d3 USER (3 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2012 | 98 replies


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.

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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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


16433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the lyrics on vocal test are amazing


i c wat u did there

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

eternium
June 2nd 2012


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally this gets a review.

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

eternium
June 2nd 2012


16338 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

eternium
June 2nd 2012


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2012


16433 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


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's why I said that.

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


4829 Comments


Album rules

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.

NWOAHM666
June 3rd 2012


849 Comments


Album reigns supreme alongside with their debut.

YoYoMancuso
June 3rd 2012


11147 Comments


good review, haven't heard the album yet but i found it on amazon for $17, is it worth that much?

Cyan1d3
June 3rd 2012


137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know about $17, considering there is only about 15 minutes of actual music. Just buy/pirate the mp3's for the first 6 songs

demigod!
April 7th 2013


44714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

gonna jam this

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

ViperAces
May 24th 2013


12466 Comments


this rules so far, despite the fact that the vox arent so good.
cant wait for the 30 min track

demigod!
May 24th 2013


44714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its mostly silence lol

i should listen to this again maybe idk



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