Young and in the Way
When Life Comes to Death


3.5
great

Review

by NoSons USER (26 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2014 | 38 replies


Release Date: 05/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is perfectly alright to accept and overcome death.

A person's time spent alive are bookended by two natural forces of awe and fear. At one end of the spectrum, life and every waking moment. The other end is death and the haunting unknown that lies within that realm. When Life Comes To Death is an eleven track album that skirts the gray area, trying to win the war of life while being enchanted by the thought of not living anymore. Young And In The Way (YAITW) have brought this concept to life with this cataclysmic record.

This entire album feels like a thanatological war. It can be felt with every track, as if listening to the record is an attempt to bring a fight to the idea of death. This unleashes each track into a darkness, encompassed by a horrid yet beautiful ether. The trick of bringing this atmosphere to life is the combination of fire-fuled instruments and the exasperated tone of each scream let out by the vocalist. He vomits forth everything on his mind, leaving no realm of life or death untouched by his howls. These vocals are backed up by a furious black metal band with punk/hardcore influences. YAITW focus their approach with breakneck paced drums and vicious guitars. 'Be My Blood' kicks its way into the album with unbelievable blastbeats breaking through the heavy mix of guitars.

Opening track 'Betrayed By Light' calls for the war to begin, pressing the buttons of sorrow with a ghastly piano section complimenting the devastating first half of the track. These ominous instrumentals are moments of silence on the battlefield. Take a listen to 'Self Inflicted' and feel the eerie goosebumps race across your skin when the song unexpectedly cuts out to a daunting clean section. 'Final Dose' is the definition of an explosion as the track never gives any room for a breath between each guitar note and blastbeat. 'Take My Hand' is a melodic pause, focusing instead on attacking the oppressors with an emotional bridge lead as the vocalist trembles belting out "Just leave, please go, take my life and feel nothing. Watch me fall inside nothing." After this ardent incident, 'Shadow Of Murder' takes the fight to a beautiful string section, limped along by an acoustic guitar. The overwhelming darkness may have been lifted with this lighter track.

But it is not gone forever. Closing track 'Embrace Extinction' sets the war back in motion with a distorted black metal ttune full of oppression and eerie melodies. Halfway through the song the drums call out for the final clash, pounding and rolling their way into the destructive breakdown. The war ends as the vocalist realizes his death and lets the ambience of drones fill the void of what was a teeth-baring black metal album. Young And In The Way have released not just an album, but an entire battlefield of music that approaches each track with a different attack from the musicians. When Life Comes To Death is a crusted black metal record infused with tremendous hardcore punk influences. It keeps its momentum throughout all eleven tracks, including a beautiful back half lead by the ever ominous overtones surrounding the heaviness.



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NoSons
June 3rd 2014


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This needed a review.

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accompliceofmydeath
June 3rd 2014


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Never really dug what these guys had put out before, but I'll give this a shot.

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NoSons
June 3rd 2014


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is worth it man, the back half of the album is fucking heavy. And the graceful penultimate track really brings it together.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2014


8258 Comments


That album title made me laugh

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 3rd 2014


24007 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet album

Artuma
June 3rd 2014


25676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazing stuff

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cvlts
June 3rd 2014


9316 Comments


Never cared for this band strangely enough, but terrific review. Might check it out now because of it.

Grizzlypyro
June 3rd 2014


272 Comments


Great review, have to say I've only listened to this once so I should probably give it another shot.

NoSons
June 3rd 2014


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Both of you thank you very much! I tried to capture what the band was trying to highlight!

Relinquished
June 3rd 2014


32834 Comments


lol

Nikkolae
June 3rd 2014


5090 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

goddamit hep

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dimsim3478
June 4th 2014


7201 Comments


cool album yea

accompliceofmydeath
June 4th 2014


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listening to this now. Still nothing special, but "Fuck This Life" is pretty cool.

CrimsonLies
June 4th 2014


2556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, have a pos.



I found myself to enjoy this a lot more than I thought. Great album

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2014


21012 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album is pretty lame

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NoSons
June 4th 2014


136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the pos!

Diamondize
June 4th 2014


1367 Comments


it's tight yea

Imperial
June 4th 2014


1753 Comments


Snorefest.

adr
June 7th 2014


10580 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is pretty awesome

owen
June 7th 2014


4009 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ah so it's finally released, time to check it out

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