Review Summary: Redemption
TDWP has redeemed themselves once again!(for me at least) First of all, I'd like to say I absolutely admire this band for being so devout and even applying biblical references to their albums. Not a lot of bands out there are self-proclaimed Christians like they are. 8:18 features amazing chord progressions, fresh electronic Linkin Park-ish sounds and breathtaking instrumentals, but at the same time cohesiveness to the genre.
With James Baney's absence, Chris and Jeremy (my sweet) definitely stepped up their game on this one. Mike's vocal style has changed as well. I'm not gonna lie, it almost sounds like he's in excruciating pain when he sings but it actually grew on me. I just had to get used to his "New" voice. His reasoning behind this less crunchy screaming voice is that he wanted to sound consistent all throughout, from digital recordings to live performances. I myself have seen them 3 times live now and witnessed Mike's slowly deteriorating screaming voice. Kudos to him for changing it up though. It will be much easier for him not to mention his vocal cords. (We don’t want another Nate Barcalow incident now do we?). My first impression was "Man, they're going downhill eh?" but that was probably because I was MAYBE still a tiny bit bitter from Baney's departure (What can I say the guy's awesome! His extremely hyper stage presence will definitely be missed)
That aside I still gave it a shot and I'm glad I did. The songs are much shorter than their "With Roots above and Branches below" album very similar to "Dead Throne" but more melodic and less intense. Now you may not agree with me for saying this but I feel 8:18 is not as heavy as Dead Throne. However this does not disqualify it from being nothing short of awesome. I'm not too sure which one of them comes up with those chord progressions but you sir are a genius.
Songs that stood out for me were Rumors, First Sight, Sailor's Prayer, Transgress, and Home for Grave. Now is this an album to be considered a classic? Mmm...Not quite there yet however it is definitely one to be remembered.