Ice Nine Kills
Every Trick in the Book


4.0
excellent

Review

by branm25 USER (1 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2015 | 101 replies


Release Date: 12/04/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ice Nine Kills use "Every Trick in The book", plus a little more.

A little on my history with the band. I became a fan when I first saw them at warped tour in 2014. The Screamed vocals from Frontman Spencer Charnas and Guitarist Justin deBlieck just instantly grabbed me as I thought they complemented each other so well. The instruemtns were punishing, their performance was great and i thought that they stood out a lot in a sea of generic metalcore and post hardcore. After seeing them I checked out their current offering "The Predator Becomes the Pray", but that is not to say they did not need room for improvement.

Now, here we are in in 2015 with "Every Trick in the book" .This is a nice step up from TPBTP. Mainly Because of the lyrics. Where INK fell a little bit flat on their last offering was the lyricism. Lines such as "I'm ***ing done with you" just felt a bit too stale and boring. But here, we have lyricism revolving around Famous stories, and Classic novels. We have songs about Romeo and Juliet, Stephen Kings 'Carrie' and even one of my favorite novels, 'Animal Farm'. Plus many more. Now, Speaking of the one about animal farm, 'The nature of the Beast' is a damn near perfect opener to the album. It starts slow, with an almost anthemic styled vocal approach from Spencer, and then the song explodes in an Aurora of strings, great instrumentation, and a superb vocal performance from Spencer.

The vocals are all around fantastic. Spencer has a great clean voice. He is recognizable, not too nazaly, and isn't too over produced (which is something that can't be said for a lot of bands in the genre). A lot of the clean sung choruses are done brilliantly, with some fresh hooks and great vocals. Songs that come to mind would be 'Alice', the single 'Me, Myself, and Hyde', and of course. The amazing standout track 'The nature of the beast'

Now, That's not to say the rest of the album does not have standout tracks. The erie and haunting song Communion of the cursed has a very spooky tone to it, as it is based on The Last Exorcist. Spencer manages to put a horroresqe sound to his vocals and it comes across very strong. Another would be 'Star Crossed Enemies', which is another strong track. It is about Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and is told in a heart breaking way as The the two embrace their last moments before their suicides. While there are a lot of standout tracks, great vocal perfromances, and some great instrumentation, espically for the genre...the album does have some weak points.

While The instrumentation can be damn good at times (such as guitar solos in tracks such as 'The Plot Sickens') it can also be a chug overdose at times. 'Me, Myself, and Hyde' sadly suffers from this in its kind of messy chug fest of a breakdown. While it doesn't take too much away from the song or the album too much, it is worth noting as it can be a little bit bothersome. Some tracks are also a bit weaker. I was sadly let down by songs such as 'Hell in the Hallways' and 'The Plot Sickens' as they did not do much to push for anything outside of just another Post Hardcore song (Aside from the nice guitar solo thrown into 'The Plot Sickens'). That's not to say they're bad though.

This album is their best yet, their most epic yet, and is all around well crafted . If you love INK you will certainly love this, if you don't really like INK, you may still find enjoyment out of this. There is a lot to like here. The story telling is spot on, and the album just sicks you in at times. You get engulfed with soaring vocals, intense unclean screaming from Spencer and Justin, and some epic strings in tracks like 'The Nature of the Beast'.
Rating, A high 4/ light 4.5.

Pros
-Spencers and Justin's Vocals
-Song Atmospheres
-Good Variety
-High Production
-Great Instrumentation (at times)

Cons
-Breakdowns
-Two lack luster songs
(Nothing to detract too much)


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Comments:Add a Comment 
branm25
December 1st 2015


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My first review, constrictive criticism please

Durrzo
December 2nd 2015


1610 Comments


Review is good though it does read as fanboy/girl-ish. I can't criticize much for that as it's an easy thing to fall into when talking about a band you're passionate about and really enjoy. I'm fairly certain I'm guilty of the same in some of my own reviews. But it is possible to say great things about an album without sounding like you could be biased in the band's favor. That's just how it read to me though. Just for future reference. Otherwise all good.

I'm really digging the album I have quickly become a big fan of Spencer's new range. I love me some good high screams and his have developed veeeery nicely.

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Ebola
December 2nd 2015


3344 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good review for a first, have a pos.

Really dug their last album, excited to check this out. These guys definitely have a leg up over the rest of the post-hardcore/metalcore crowd.

Snake.
December 2nd 2015


21065 Comments


why did you feel the need to capitalize famous and classic js

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2015


10406 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

been a big fan for a while but i find their horror movie schtick to be wearing pretty thin lately. they need some new blood to their sound

betray
December 2nd 2015


9379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i bet this blows

hogan900
December 3rd 2015


2866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Band used to be pretty good with The Burning, this is ok I guess.

torts
December 3rd 2015


4300 Comments


why is this featured LOL

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2015


11589 Comments


Gotta agree with torts here. While this a good effort for a first review, it's riddled with problems. You have typos, inconsistencies, repetition, way too much unecessary first person, you state "that's not to say" about 5 times etc.

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brainmelter
December 3rd 2015


6008 Comments


i bet this blows[2]

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
December 3rd 2015


16045 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"If you love INK you will certainly love this, if you don't really like INK, you may still find enjoyment out of this."



whoa slow down!!

branm25
December 3rd 2015


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, my review is pretty bad. Is there a way to delete it? I'm new to the site and don't know if I can or not.

cliiint
December 3rd 2015


1357 Comments


I've never seen someone ask for their featured review to be deleted lol what's going on here

cliiint
December 4th 2015


1357 Comments


Regardless, I really liked safe is just a shadow... like really liked it for some reason still jam it to this day. If this is as good as that album I'm down

Hospital
December 4th 2015


2102 Comments


I'm cool with this band as far as this brand of metalcore goes. I think they do what they do pretty well.

betray
December 4th 2015


9379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

unclean screaming

grindcorecore
December 4th 2015


619 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

it's not the worst review i've ever read. i like this album, it's the best thing they've done imo



EDIT: this got worse with every listen

JS19
December 4th 2015


6929 Comments


This sounds like the literal worst album I would ever hear

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Durrzo
December 4th 2015


1610 Comments


"Yeah, my review is pretty bad. Is there a way to delete it? I'm new to the site and don't know if I can or not."

Whoa easy there it got a feature on the front page so someone likes it. It's really not a bad review.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2015


11589 Comments


Yeah dude don't delete it, I want trying to be mean. I'm just saying, like everyone's first, it needs a bit of work. Keep going man!



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