I Declare War
We Are Violent People By Nature


4.0
excellent

Review

by likeshad0ws USER (1 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2014 | 24 replies


Release Date: 04/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deathcore's album-to-beat for 2014

I hope you like breakdowns, because this album is chock full of ‘em.

We Are Violent People By Nature is I Declare War’s fourth full-length album, and it shows the band taking a step forward in every direction. While their first album was full of undifferentiable chugs and gurgles and the follow-up was not the improvement they needed, the release of their self-titled three years ago with new vocalist Jamie Hanks gave us a glimpse of a new I Declare War. One with certainly a lot more ability than its predecessor.

The vocalist isn’t the only thing that’s changed over the years. No original members from the band’s inception in 2005 remain. However embarrassing this must sound for the founders, but the band is far better off without them.

The album begins with opener “Quiet”, which starts off with an ominous atmospheric background as heavy guitar chugs thunder under a sweeping riff. Right from the get go, vocalist Jamie Hanks more than proves himself as the element that sets this band apart from the rest. And, unlike the band’s self-titled, he utilizes more of his vocal range as opposed to just low growls.

A great example of this is the ending of the track “Shadow Man.” The first near-two minutes are I Declare War being I Declare War, but after that, the song takes a massive shift. The band heads into a full-on brutal death metal slam complete with Jamie gurgling over it. It at first was going around that this was a guest vocalist, but the band has dispelled these rumors over on their Facebook.

Speaking of guest vocals, “A Dark Hole to Crawl Into” features Landon Tewers, vocalist of The Plot In You. Despite the seemingly-odd choice of guest vocalist for a deathcore release, Landon holds his own and is more than a just addition to the track with his anger-filled vocals over one of the more “djenty” breakdowns on the release.

The vocals aren’t the only thing that have stepped up on this release, the guitarists have also seem to found their niche in the deathcore scene and expanded upon it vastly. There’s, of course, more than your fair share of breakdowns, but they are, for the most part, executed much more tastefully than the majority of their counterparts in the scene. Chugging and death metal riffs alike are accompanied by an overwhelmingly dark and brooding atmosphere, which makes the album a great contender for all your “The World Is Ending” playlists.

I Declare War’s drummer is one of the most formidable in the scene, effortlessly nailing blast beats, groovy riff patterns, and even the occasional two-step here and there throughout the album. The man providing the rumble down under is, unfortunately, left on the back burner. As with nearly every modern metal release it seems, the bass is not audible in the mix.

The album is not without its share of flaws, however. A few of the tracks, especially the latter half of the album, seem to blend together. As with many deathcore bands, the lyrics could use some definite work and variety. The breakdowns are crushing, yes, but it seems as if sometimes, I Declare War put too much effort into their breakdowns and not enough into their overall songwriting. But, no matter what, progress is progress, and it will be exciting to see where I Declare War will progress next.

(This is my first review, all constructive criticism appreciated!)


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Devastator
May 1st 2014


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Band is ass agreed.

Diamondize
May 1st 2014


1367 Comments


"Deathcore's album-to-beat for 2014"

Hell no. Is this the first album you heard this year?

titanslayer
May 1st 2014


2111 Comments


"I hope you like breakdowns, because this album is chock full of ‘em."
You convinced me to never listen to this

Futures
May 1st 2014


12383 Comments


I hope you like breakdowns, because this album is chock full of ‘em.

neg

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Ayil
May 2nd 2014


75 Comments


Album's pretty good. Too many people being ignorant just 'coz it has break downs...

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2014


15213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Or because it's just shit

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Ayil
May 2nd 2014


75 Comments


maybe... Depends on your taste in music. I definitely didn't mind it.

Betray
May 2nd 2014


4770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They need to keep up with their trend of every record being better than the last.

This is their best shit to date. I listen to this a lot. It's FULL of breakdowns and the lyrics are pretty laughable but it's still pretty great overall.

Gotta admit I laughed at the review here though:
"The first near-two minutes are I Declare War being I Declare War"

mhm...

"but after that, the song takes a massive shift. The band heads into a full-on brutal death metal slam complete with Jamie gurgling over it."

oh... so.... I Declare War being I Declare War.... lol.

Anyways, great review man!

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J0ckstrapsFTW
May 2nd 2014


3659 Comments


I kinda liked that one single they released but I'll at least give it a listen. Love me some breakdowns

Betray
May 2nd 2014


4770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love that he uses more of his high screams on this record.

I've seen IDW live 5 times, (both with old and new lineups) and they slay every time.

Their new vocalist is CRAZY on stage. Facial expressions and shit.

ExplosiveOranges
May 2nd 2014


3884 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Band pretty much average. Album pretty much average. Review pretty much above average for a first. Have a POS.

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Diamondize
May 2nd 2014


1367 Comments


I'll give it to them, they put on a great show, but their music is just so bad.

likeshad0ws
May 2nd 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone!

Also, an abundance of breakdowns for me isn't a downside. I feel it's really easy to write a bunch of breakdowns and use them as filler in a song to make up for a lack of songwriting ability, but it's something else all together to write good, heavy breakdowns and use them effectively. It's all my opinion, though, I guess.

Jamie is crazy on stage. I saw them for the first time a year or two ago opening for The Acacia Strain ("Tomb Sleep" sounds like it could be off Wormwood, honestly) and he looked like he was about to stare the room in half or something.

Also Betray, yeah, IDW does do a fair amount of slams, but I wouldn't have listened to any of their other slammy breakdowns and thought it could've been out of a new track from Endisvulvaectomslampittriffmentectomy or however slam bands name themselves nowadays.

Betray
May 2nd 2014


4770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Endisvulvaectomslampittriffmentectomy or however slam bands name themselves nowadays."

p accurate

Betray
May 2nd 2014


4770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, jesus. TAS and IDW show? Must've been fucking awesome.

likeshad0ws
May 2nd 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was The Acacia Strain, Cruel Hand, I Declare War, Fit for an Autopsy, and No Bragging Rights. It really was an incredible show.

Devastator
May 2nd 2014


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album is still ass agreed.

Ayil
May 3rd 2014


75 Comments


stahp... STAHP IT :P

MudIdol
June 12th 2014


588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is awesome. Wish Jamie would do more gutturals tho. Part of the reason I still like their older stuff best. Huber was a monster.

Br00talK1d
July 25th 2014


300 Comments


This album sucks. Amidst The Bloodshed will always be their best.



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