Phinehas
Till the End


4.5
superb

Review

by Paul Quinones USER (5 Reviews)
July 15th, 2015 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Spread the Shred: the journey of four of metal's faithfuls in preservation of an endangered dialect.

If you told me a decade ago that most the bands releasing some of my favorite albums would, within the next five years, either disband or maul their own track record so much that they'd be considered inconsistent as best, I'd've laughed it off nervously. The metalcore genre was having a renaissance; NWOAHM's onslaught of innovative new sounds for the genre of metal seemed endless. Lo and behold, metal was inherited by the cautionary tales of Avenged Sevenfold, All That Remains, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, etc. The blows dealt to NWOAHM were fatal. In response to the chaos the next generation inherited metalcore's wounded name, only to disregard it's esteemed upbringing (when it wasn't spitting in the face of it). Though not entirely lost, those who bear the herald of metalcore's true lineage are now without the power to reclaim their rightful place on the throne. The audacious usurpers have the voice of the new generation, and they use it fuel their excommuncation of metal's true fathers. Now if you had also told me in the same conversation ten years ago that a savior would be spotted on the horizon as light descends in the rearview, I would've found a blast shelter and began tallying the countdown. Enter Phinehas. Armed with the conviction to expand the banner of those recognizing metal's last great kings, they stand among few righteous brothers as Keepers of the Shred.

Till the End is the foursome's third installment of their chronicles, this time with a gamut of new precedents. In the previous two, their dedication to puristic testimony resulted in meager public success. Red Cord Recordings was the conduit to which their words were voiced, and by integration to the megalodon Victory their partnership was put out of its misery. Also departed from the Shred movement was one of their own in Jason Combs, and for a moment the future of Phinehas was in question. Miraculously the gods of metal heard their cry, and granted to them was none other than Daniel Gailey. Reputable for his own contributions to the stalwart Becoming the Archetype, Gailey proved to be even more gifted in his expression of true metal than his predecessor. But not only was Gailey instrumental to the band in his arrival, Artery Recordings became the crew's new sponsor. Despite a worrisome track record, Artery recognized the importance of renewing the Shred and has become an even greater boon to it than they know. Most importantly about the lineup and sponsorship changes within the group, a new mentality was instilled. With the knowledge of their previous two releases ultimately falling short of any true influence, Phinehas took a look at the other side of the fence. Trapped in an impasse of passage into metal's greatest threshold and a less commendable place where they could comfortably reside, Miss May I consulted the group of their shortcomings in contribution to the Shred. Phinehas then honed in on the early ventures of Miss May I along with that of Trivium, Motionless in White, and Parkway Drive, letting their ideals dot the landscape of Till the End. Their intention to educate the younger that it IS possible to continue their more juvenile exploits while still giving themselves to the Shred is an idea that a Shred purist of old may be cautious to condone, but integration from above as below is the only true way to let the Shred spread from generation to generation.

In the stead of groups who crumbled under pressure of their stellar potential like Miss May I and Trivium, Phinehas's third release will stand the test of time as the example of metal's disciples who took the path of righteousness and stayed the course. The indigenous of metal's deep and far away caverns will preserve their own tribal livelihoods, only conflicting with the great herald of Shred now standing tall when they crawl close enough to witness it's blinding light. The Shred very well may never be restored to their throne, for the wind in the massive capitol shifts incessantly and each new king has his short reign only to again be swept away, but Phinehas's Till the End will never be forgotten as a true testament to the Shred.


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Gameofmetal EMERITUS (3.5)
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pjquinones747
July 15th 2015


3117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey folks, it's been a while. I don't think I can take myself serious with real reviews anymore and this analogy really just rolled off the tongue for me.

Digging: Loma Prieta - Self Portrait

Insurrection
July 15th 2015


24736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was like a more accessible and less interesting august burns red to me. it doesn't do much to differentiate itself from other metalcore

review is alright, idk how i feel about the whole shred angle but i do think it would be a stronger review if you took out most of the bookend paragraphs and talked more about the music. also this sentence

'Till the End is the foursome's third installment of their chronicles, this time with a gamut of new precedents.'

sounds like it belongs in a CW show

it's well written for the most part though

pjquinones747
July 15th 2015


3117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The shred thing is one of their things. "#spreadtheshred" they call it

Insurrection
July 15th 2015


24736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah, well shows how much i know about this band.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
July 15th 2015


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album doesn't prove it very well, was pretty stale compared to their last two but those had some genuine old school metal shred moments and other things that made the modern metalcore sound stand out

TooLateToGoBack
July 17th 2015


1981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seven is easily the highlight of the album.



I almost never say this, but the vocalist definitely should do cleans more often.

Insurrection
July 17th 2015


24736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah seven is a damn good song

pjquinones747
July 18th 2015


3117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd definitely like to hear more tracks like Seven going forward. I'm sure a few acoustics from this record will surface at some point which is exciting too.

JeetJeet
July 18th 2015


7417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

JEEEEEEEZUS CHRIST.



Just listened to Truth be Told, and holy shit that intro slaaaays.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
July 18th 2015


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really not feeling this one like the last two for some reason



still good tho

JeetJeet
July 18th 2015


7417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

really think its stupid how they have like 3-4 different 1-minute interlude tracks that all sound the same. like chill the fuck out, your music is good but this dramatic movie theater shit aint cutting it.

BlueSwan
July 19th 2015


564 Comments


Checking this today

Insurrection
July 20th 2015


24736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listening to this again made me realize that no track remotely compares to 'seven' except the closer. every other song is like the band on auto-pilot while those two tracks are the band realizing their potential

also i havent heard their other albums, are they worth checking out based on how i feel about this one?

nathantownsend95
July 20th 2015


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seven freaking rules. Has to be released in the shadow of ABR's newest album, but this album still manages to stand out. #spreadtheshred has never been more true. Great review btw

nathantownsend95
July 20th 2015


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seven freaking rules. Has to be released in the shadow of ABR's newest album, but this album still manages to stand out. #spreadtheshred has never been more true. Great review btw

nathantownsend95
July 20th 2015


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seven freaking rules. Has to be released in the shadow of ABR's newest album, but this album still manages to stand out. #spreadtheshred has never been more true. Great review btw

pjquinones747
July 21st 2015


3117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Insurrection Certainly. In my review I was hinting at their turn for a slightly more accessible sound (obviously in a positive light because accessibility + shred retention = happy me) meaning that the previous two albums are much more dynamic. Really both records have tracks of the sort. Try: From a Burning Sun, Grace Disguised by Darkness, Dyson Sphere, The Wishing Well, and most notably Thegodmachine: The Rider.

BlueSwan
July 22nd 2015


564 Comments


This is such an Instagram band

Asmodeuss1990
July 27th 2015


369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit.



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