Shattered Skies
The World We Used to Know


4.0
excellent

Review

by SitarHero USER (36 Reviews)
January 18th, 2015 | 45 replies


Release Date: 01/12/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Djent that even your grandma would love.

Are we living in the Post-Djent world yet" Has Djent ever been big and mainstream enough to warrant the spawning of as many bands claiming the djent aesthetic as there currently exist" Is every band that came after Meshuggah technically Post-Djent" Well, I don’t have answers for these questions, but Shattered Skies’ debut full-length effort may very well be the first true pop-oriented Post-Djent album, although Destiny Potato’s Lun and Skyharbor’s Guiding Lights may also lay claim to that title. What we have here is a big shiny pop-metal record with excellent musicianship, soaring vocals, hooks galore, impeccable production, and oh yeah, plenty of groovy palm-muted riffs.

The fact that the riffs on this record are largely played on extended range guitars and palm muted may completely turn you off it, but that would be a shame, because while Shattered Skies may be johnny-come-latelies to the scene, they’ve put out a fine record. The instrumentalists, while not being particularly groundbreaking, are actually a breath of fresh air because of the restraint they show. While they are playing that particular brand of technical metal we have all grown to love, they rarely if ever overplay a song, which has become one of the defining characteristics of the genre. Guitars, drums and bass and electronica are not competing for the spotlight, but actually work together to drive songs. And make no mistake, the songs here have focus and direction, and are not just a sequence of random musical left turns. There is no weirdness for the sake of weirdness, and no complication for the sake of complication. While fans of more unpredictable songwriting might be disappointed, those who appreciate good anthemic pop-rock with one foot firmly planted in techy progressive metal (surely I can’t be the only one) will find plenty to love.

Front and center are the vocal contributions of singer, Sean Murphy, who could very easily have been dismissed as yet another Daniel Tomkins/Ian Kenny-type clone because of his clean high register singing. However, while he doesn’t seem to have as much personality or versatility in his singing as some of the possible “greats” of the genre, he has a great ear for melody and hooks and consistently delivers on them. Over the course of the album his lack of versatility shows a little bit. While he does do a pretty good job on the epic balladry of “Elegance and Grace” and “Aesthetics” (and how often have you heard largely piano-drive ballads on djent albums"), he seems to be at his most comfortable when the guitars and drums are kicking up a ruckus around him. When the band collectively really hits its stride, such as on “End and the Rebirth”, “Haunted” and “As the Sea Divides”, the music will leave you feeling confused about whether you would rather air-guitar or dance, and really that’s never a bad thing. But even at its lowest points – which aren’t really that low – the band provides enough melody and bluster to make even your grandma bob her head.



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SitarHero
January 18th 2015


5973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is up for streaming on the band's soundcloud page:



https://soundcloud.com/shattered-skies

thejared
January 18th 2015


229 Comments


My grandma is dead.

ConsumerOfNut
January 18th 2015


325 Comments


This sounded pretty solid, will have to check it out.

Totengott
January 18th 2015


4130 Comments


Sounds like something I have to check out.

Pos, great review.

RadicalEd
January 18th 2015


8575 Comments


post-djent? omg.

kill it with fire.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2015


15789 Comments


sounds awful. will listen

Hopelust
January 18th 2015


2747 Comments


calc your av is hilarious.

Parallels
January 18th 2015


8858 Comments


"Are we living in the Post-Djent world yet?"

This sounds like something that would start a feedback disaster. Totally not interested in the group, but good review man. Pos'd.

SitarHero
January 18th 2015


5973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This sounds like something that would start a feedback disaster."



Ha! That was originally gonna be my review summary, but I'm trying to avoid the insta-negs.

ChoccyPhilly
January 18th 2015


11667 Comments


The album art is mesmerising

Digging: Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2015


5446 Comments


Great review, pos'd!
I think I came across these guys about a month and a half ago - their guitarist has some crazy-arse fingerstyle technique that looks like a mixture of slapping and tapping which I wouldn't have thought would have worked for the heavier parts of this.

ChoccyPhilly
January 18th 2015


11667 Comments


vocals are awful

YakNips
January 18th 2015


18944 Comments


yeah vocs immediately turned me off



Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2015


5446 Comments


Dunno, I quite like the vocals, they have a vaguely power-metal quality to them I think. Prefer them to a lot of the ones from the new Skyharbor at any rate.

Ryus
January 18th 2015


15594 Comments


my grandmas dead

Digging: DJ Richard - Path of Ruin

Ryus
January 18th 2015


15594 Comments


omg posted before i even saw the second comment

DurzoBlint
January 18th 2015


1335 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This was pretty lame, very cheesy.

Daedus
January 18th 2015


124 Comments


It isn't the vocals, it's the lyrics. The frontman can sing just fine, but contextually most of it sounds like the vocalist is either rhyming the first things that come to his mind or making barely cohesive declarative statements. Just poorly written stuff altogether. The noodling is mostly enjoyable, but the rest is really, really shallow.

semancoj
January 18th 2015


3 Comments


Lyrics set aside, I think this is a great album. Definitely could use some work but what do you expect from "djent" bands nowadays...

ComeToDaddy
January 18th 2015


1611 Comments


Cool review. I enjoy my djent more than most people here seem to, so I'll probably give this a spin some time. Though even after reading the review, I want to check out 'Destiny Potato' more than anything



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