Kingdom of Giants
Every Wave of Sound


3.5
great

Review

by Mosh USER (5 Reviews)
June 30th, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 06/24/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another interesting debut from this high energy band. Kingdom of Giants are filled with passion to create unique music.

Abominable was such an interesting piece of work. I think the band had an idea of what they wanted to sound like from the start and nailed it perfectly with their debut EP. With using different punk influences and combining it with today's metalcore, Kingdom of Giants portrayed an unique sound that was just raw and gritty. They created a sound that I can only compare to a cross between bands like A Skylit Drive and Vanna; and strongly inspired by the beloved album "Translating The Name" by Saosin. As you can see, they concepted an artistic sound and it's an EP that really clung to me.

But of course in this obscure scene, the band lost a couple of signature members and for some reason they forgot their foundation of their musical roots. So before this debut album released, I knew they would change their sound tremendously. So I had the lowest of expectation when deciding to actually listen to this album. So I forced myself to give this a listen and after the first time around I was very surprised. Yes I was right, it sounded nothing like "Abominable" but they did create a sound that was passable. My expectations was they were going to go for what was more marketable, like using generic breakdowns and synths. But thank God they didn't and they actually stuck with the same gameplan.

Overall, the album is great. They aimed for a more distinguished sound of basic metalcore, very less experimental. They've created an up-tempo environment throughout the whole album, accompanied with surprisingly; great breakdowns. They actually composed creative breakdowns I have never heard from another mediocre scene band, so props up to that. Another strong point of the album is that it can be very melodic, adding interesting melodic riffs after and before breakdown and introducing haunting keyboards really creates an emotional and dreamy atmosphere throughout. The album is mainly heavy but it has no problem sharing their melodic ingredients, which intertwines very well. "Hope" is an interesting interlude that takes a break from the normal metalcore and basically resets the album. "Voltage" and "Broken Ocean" are two tracks that divide the soft and heavy aspects very nicely. The guitar riffs are satisfying to listen to, I get a sense that the riffs were inspired by the band Architects because it sounds very similar to Hollow Crown. I know this sounds weird but there's not much of a downside to this album. The only criticism I can make is that the album doesn't leave an impression. There's a couple tracks that stand out and each track is acceptable but the album is forgettable. In other words, it doesn't have a very high replay value.

It's sad to know that the unique musical sound of "Abominable" is ruptured. But in the end, they did bounced back and delivered a powerful debut. Every Wave Of Sound is a fun ride. Here are some recommended tracks: Obstacles, Voltage, In Focus, Broken Ocean, Delusionist and Hope.


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LivingThrowaway
June 30th 2013


44 Comments


Listened to some of abominable; hated it. Not going to check this. Okay review, you don't really describe the sound as much as go on about features of the sound.

AtomicShane
June 30th 2013


1832 Comments


Abominable had a couple catchy parts, not diggin this that much tho

moshpotatoes
June 30th 2013


583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it's not as catchy as abominable. You gotta listen to it with an open mind. They put out some great breakdowns though.

Digging: Set It Off - Duality

JustinKing
June 30th 2013


1337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually enjoyed this quite a bit.

TheCollectiveFacade
July 1st 2013


659 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

albums horrible. I actually liked the EP

Digging: Lights - Little Machines

MuhNamesTyler
July 10th 2013


4316 Comments


Lost their clean singer?? He was really the only cool part about the band

Digging: Revocation - Deathless

TrueBlood
July 10th 2013


1388 Comments


random quee art

thelastsignal
July 26th 2013


1370 Comments


Nice review man. I liked the Abominable ep, are there any clean vocals on this? I liked the higher register cleans, they were pretty catchy.

moshpotatoes
July 29th 2013


583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, yeah, I should of pointed out in the review that the clean vocalist left ( I feel stupid cause that was really important) but yeah, there is clean vocals but nothing spectacular. It fits naturally in their new broader sound of metalcore.

thelastsignal
July 30th 2013


1370 Comments


Ah, gotcha. Thanks for letting me know. I will check out a few songs then; I somehow doubt I will like this much without the C & C-esque cleans.

ConsumerOfNut
September 12th 2013


164 Comments


They were forsaken by the power of the riff.



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