The Showdown
Temptation Come My Way


2.0
poor

Review

by Mikesn EMERITUS
July 7th, 2007 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


After hearing The Showdown's debut album A Chorus of Obliteration a few years back, I was quite excited to hear what the young Tennessee based metal band could whip up next. It wasn't one of my most anticipated releases of the year by any means, but I was still looking forward to it. So when I finally acquired the follow up to their 2004 debut, I was surprised for two reasons. The first" With Temptation Come My Way, The Showdown had completely ditched its metalcore roots in favour of a more southern rock/metal style. But I can dig that, I suppose. Progression is progression, right" Unfortunately, the other shocker is that With Temptation Come My Way, the band falls flat on their collective faces. And that is something I cannot dig.

There are many reasons why Temptation Come My Way will likely be one of 2007's most disappointing albums. Virtually everything that made their first offering so interesting to listen to has been stripped down and removed in favour of a more generic, lifeless sound. And I'm not talking about the infectious dual harmonies which were employed throughout the last release. But they're gone too. No, the problems surrounding the sophomore effort go much deeper. The ever present energy featured in past offerings such as Epic: A Chorus of Obliteration or Hell Can't Stop Us Now is no where to be found. Instead, the band drifts listlessly through virtually every song. The riffs, though fairly meaty and Pantera-esque are weak and do not add another dimension to the music like you'd expect them to. How exciting. Interestingly enough, one of two elements which were carried over from A Chorus of Obliteration (the other being the clean vocals, which I'll touch upon later), were the lack of variety in the songs. Nearly every track sounds the same, lacklustre riff after lacklustre riff, boring hook after boring hook. While some bands manage to reuse their formulas time and time again while keeping the record interesting all the same, The Showdown is not one of these bands. To be quite honest, after three or four tracks the material on Temptation Come My Way is extremely difficult to listen to, and in you'd probably be best in just turning it off.

If there was anything decent about The Showdown's second album, it would be the vocals. Unlike A Chorus of Obliteration, which featured shouts, growls, screams, and other harsh vocal attempts to go along with frontman David Bunton's clean singing, the vocalist limits his techniques to but two styles. The more enjoyable of his two styles is once again the clean singing, which David has managed to improve. Here, Bunton employs a more mid-ranged style, akin to something that could be heard in a rock, or perhaps even alternative rock record. Extremely radio-friendly, it gives the music an uplifting atmosphere which helps balance out the chugging guitars. David's second style is an aggressive shout, perhaps more fitting for the groove influenced southern rock/metal styled music stressed by the rest of the band. At times, such as in the albums title track, Bunton's delivery reminds me of a Black Album-era James Hetfield, but don't worry he doesn't shamelessly rip-off the Metallica frontman, nor is he as cringe worthy.

Along with Annihilator's Metal, Temptation Come My Way has got to be one of the most disappointing albums of the year. But unlike former's latest offering (which should have been fairly predictable when you think about it), this record came right out of left field. Gone are not only the elements which made The Showdown interesting to listen to, but also the band's identity. If The Showdown wants to expand into southern rock/metal, that is acceptable by all means, but if they want to enjoy successes in their career they're going to have to find a way to craft something that isn't listless and dull and hasn't been attempted several times before. Until then The Showdown will likely stagnate in mediocrity for a good while. The ball is in their court, and I feel they still have the potential to produce something good. But only time will tell.

Recommended Tracks:
I, Victim (Here's to the Year)



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kalkal50
July 8th 2007


2386 Comments


Excellent review, there were some sentences which I really liked. I might download their debut just to load my music collection with extra memory.

BallsToTheWall
November 15th 2007


49337 Comments


Not very popular I see, still in my opinion a fun listen. Good review.This Message Edited On 11.15.07

Digging: Amelia Arsenic - Queen of Risk

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 15th 2007


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

meh, whatever floats your boat

botb
November 15th 2007


12479 Comments


Shrug, I enjoyed it. haha.

bungiewolf
January 2nd 2008


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album. It's not as good as Chorus, but I also think they are two different types of metal.

beans
January 8th 2008


2328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im a fan of this album, its not breaking down any doors or doing anything really progressive but its a fun listen.

Aftermath
May 1st 2008


16 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Great all-around review, except I thought the vocals and I, Victim (Here's To The Year) were crappy also. Breath of the Swamp got it an extra .5, otherwise there is nothing really good about this one.

EpicDragon
October 10th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't get why people dislike this so much. Nothing amazing, but still quite enjoyable. I really liked it, anyway.

zrosschristian
November 24th 2008


281 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nothing really stood out about this album. Carry On Wayward Son is the only song I'd recommend a listen to from this album.



3/5

ninjuice
November 24th 2008


6760 Comments


Carry On Wayward Son is the only song I'd recommend a listen to from this album.

dido, I like that version a lot better.

Samwyze55
March 29th 2009


83 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hahaha Carry On Wayward Son is just an amzing song on its own really - and these guys do a fairly decent job of it! i also think the the solo in We Die Young is awesome...reminds me of A Chorus =D

MentalityOfA
May 13th 2009


1213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's an okay album, kind of a weird change though.

This is not one of their better albums.

MentalityOfA
May 13th 2009


1213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Kinda sounds like Metallica.

ninjuice
May 13th 2009


6760 Comments


A LOT like Metallica.
B-sides, that is.
.This Message Edited On 05.12.09

Waior
May 13th 2009


11627 Comments


Only worse.

ninjuice
May 13th 2009


6760 Comments


Not if we're talking St. Anger b-sides.

Waior
May 13th 2009


11627 Comments


And not if we're talking A Chorus of Obliteration.

Emim
August 3rd 2009


27679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh. Any band that calls to mind Pantera AND Metallica at the same time is alright to me. Bring Thrash back!

Unskathed123
March 27th 2010


368 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Breath Of The Swamp, the title track, and the cover song are the only reasons this album is even listenable.

Raz0rGrind23
May 5th 2010


462 Comments


At first, I thought your review was a bit harsh but then I realized most of it is painfully true. While I enjoy the first three or four tracks, the album really hits auto pilot until it hits tracks 10 and 11. Great cover track I might add.....

To each his own. I could see people eating this album up through and through....



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