The Showdown
A Chorus of Obliteration


3.0
good

Review

by Mikesn EMERITUS
June 24th, 2007 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


A few years ago I remember a friend telling me about a website called PureVolume, and how it was such a great site for finding new bands. So for the next few weeks I searched out the site for up and coming metal bands, jumping from random profile to random profile. To make a long story short, the site didn't really help at all. In fact, I only remember two of the several dozen bands whom I listened to. Yeah. Those two bands were Norma Jean, whom I just can't get into, and The Showdown. Now for those of you who care, The Showdown is a quintet hailing from Elizabethton, Tennessee. Formed in 2002, they've released two albums to date, and though their latest album is a fairly mediocre collection of southern rock songs, the band was once an interesting metalcore act with a hell of a lot of potential. Enter A Chorus of Obliteration.

Though A Chorus of Obliteration is not a particularly original offering, it did show listeners that The Showdown had all the tools to become a leader in the genre. The music heard throughout the 47 or so minute release is an excellent combination of energy, aggression, melody and brutality, all of which play an important role in the album's music. Heaviness and aggression are particularly stressed throughout tracks such as From the Mouth of Gath Comes Terror and Dagon Undone (The Reckoning), and the band does a decent job at conveying the ferocity of some of their lyrical passages. But what makes A Chorus of Obliteration so much fun to listen to is not the energetic breakdowns which the band slides through or the brutal screams of frontman David Bunton. No, the real story behind the band is the infectious solos, harmonies, and leads pulled off by guitarists Josh Childers and Travis Bailey. The Iron Maiden-esque melodic guitar lines found throughout songs such as A Monument Encased in Ash, Iscariot, or Hell Can't Stop Us Now add an interesting new dimension to the music.

Of course, with this being The Showdown's first record there will be some obvious kinks for the group to work out. A major issue with A Chorus of Obliteration is that it lacks variety. Most of the songs, specifically the middle three songs, From the Mouth of Gath Comes Terror (though this is one of the record's stronger outings), A Proclamation of Evil's Fate, and Dagon Undone, follow a very similar formula to one another, and at times the songs feel as though they are the same song repeated over and over. Another aspect which The Showdown could have worked on was the vocals. Though David Bunton's clean vocals are very well done, his harsh screams can get rather annoying. Especially in a song like From the Mouth of Gath where it is the only vocal style he employs for the song's full runtime, his efforts can get quite hard on the ears as the quality wavers from acceptable to cringe worthy.

Overall though, The Showdown's first offering was a decent debut album. Despite its obvious flaws, the band still managed to craft a handful of interesting, worthwhile songs. Tracks such as A Monument Encased in Ash and Hell Can't Stop Us Now do an excellent job at drawing in listeners and maintaining their interest, as they are chock full of fun song writing, aggressive riffing, and melodic leads. For fans of metalcore, or even just metal in general, A Chorus of Obliteration is definitely recommended as they piece together a vast majority of the elements important to a band of their ilk. It's too bad they ditched this style on Temptation Come My Way, as they definitely had a lot of potential with this sound.

Recommended Tracks:
A Monument Encased in Ash
Hell Can't Stop Us Now
Iscariot
From the Mouth of Gath Comes Terror
Your Name is Victory



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BallsToTheWall
June 24th 2007


49337 Comments


been a long time since ive heard this cd

Digging: Amelia Arsenic - Queen of Risk

Dethtrasher
June 25th 2007


2211 Comments


Heh, I thought you stopped reviewing for this site. Good review, very easy to read. The bad thing is that I don't like metalcore so I will probably not check this out. =/

Mikesn
Emeritus
June 25th 2007


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My last review was only 12 days ago :p



I'm not much of a fan of metalcore either, but I found this interesting for some reason.

Wizard
June 25th 2007


20208 Comments


Excellent review Mikesn. Even though this cd doesnt sound too appealing, I will still check it out because you seem to know your metal well.

NeverFading14
June 26th 2007


380 Comments


Good Review. This is one of my favorite cds of all time, The instrumentals in it will make you want to get out your bass/guitar/drums and learn every song on the cd. Too bad Temptation Come My Way is one of the worst cds i've ever heard.

NeverFading14
June 26th 2007


380 Comments


Also, To all the metal-core haters. These guy's aren't really your average metal-core, they do "step it up" a bit. Like the breakdowns actually have some pretty great riffs in them, not just open-chord drop-d/c/b chugfest of musical wankery.

zrosschristian
November 24th 2008


281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is pretty amazing considering it was their debut.

gutturalmaster
January 8th 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a well written album; good variety of songs, with some sounding like Death Metal

iamthenightmare
January 8th 2010


755 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the only good thing this band ever did

Mr. Lizard
February 6th 2010


632 Comments


That has got to be one of the worst band-names ever

Emim
February 17th 2010


27679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, the instruments on this are tasty. One of my favorite metalcore albums. Dave's voice really isn't all that annoying.

AbyssalCreation
March 27th 2010


2064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot how much I liked this album.

SatansLittleHelper
March 27th 2010


192 Comments


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EnricoPalazzo
March 27th 2010


626 Comments


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SatansLittleHelper
March 27th 2010


192 Comments


They jus one of those bands that try so hard but still suck, but isn't that all metalcore?

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EnricoPalazzo
March 27th 2010


626 Comments


That's a hell of a Freudian slip, buddy.

Waior
March 29th 2010


11627 Comments


Really dislike the clean vocals.

EnricoPalazzo
March 29th 2010


626 Comments


It's amazing how different his voice is on Back Breaker.

Skhrnykhsk
January 18th 2011


48 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good listen.

FatChickIrl
January 18th 2011


4095 Comments


lol



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