Winds of Plague
Blood of My Enemy


4.5
superb

Review

by Ninjahague USER (7 Reviews)
June 6th, 2018 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From Failure, Comes Clarity

Ever since their seemingly unstoppable deathcore hit “Decimate the Weak”, its seems Winds of Plague been a down a downward spiral since 2008. Sure, The Great Stone War wasn’t bad by no means, but had a hard time living up to their older brother by fans and critics. This by no mean made it a bad album, just an overshadowed concept album with not enough room to grow. From this, we got Against the World, which was plagued by bad production and any sort of enjoyability. Resistance sought out a more hopeful direction for Johnny and the crew( + 1 token female) but again found itself lacking in heart of spirit of the first 2 albums just like its predecessor. At this rate, it looked as if Winds of Plague would either stop music altogether, or dig themselves into a further hole of mediocrity.

And then Never Alone was released

The gang shouts, the heavy symphonics, the aggressive guitars, fast paced drums and energetic vocals saw Winds of Plague right in the former face of “that 2008 ***”, but in a new light. Could the rest of the album even begin to compare to this song" Or would we be faced with a one hit wonder as Sewer Mouth was in Resistance"

No Resistance 2.0 here boys, Blood of my Enemy showcases Winds of Plague at the best they’ve ever been. Top notch production, aggressively groovy instruments with unique and energetic choruses are found in every song. From the symphonic gang shouts of “Snakeskin” or the emotionally distraught tone of “Nameless Walker”, or the simply spoken aggressive nature of “Soul Eater” every song has its own thing going for it. Despite the lack of vocal diversity, Johnny Plague delivers his best performance yet, showcasing such a destructive energy that works beautifully in front of the symphonic groove found in every song. This energy is best show cased in “5150”, where Johnny sounds straight pissed the *** off. One could say Johnny was Never Alone (hah) as keyboard player Adrienne Cowan also finds herself in the chorus of the self titled track, working magnificently alongside Johnny, but unfortunately singing for this track alone, leaving her voice to be possibly desired in other tracks.

From a deathcore fans perspective, it's hard to find a lot truly wrong with this album, but one cannot ignore the cheesy “do your best” and "about to lose control" lyrics found in the affairs of “Snakeskin”, "Kings of Carnage" and such, but they are in no way terrible writers and the music definitely backs it up. For instance, I can't help but get incredibly hyped before the breakdown of the s/t track with Johnny exclaiming he would “Go to War Without a Shield” and “Gladly Die on the Battlefield” (quickrhymes) before diving into a breakdown. As corny as it may sound, it's undeniable of how fun this album can be. I found myself loving the symphonically backed breakdowns and aggressive nature of Johnny Plague, but others may obviously find fault in this, because all in all, its still another deathcore release from one of deathcores most prominent acts.

But it's great to not only see Winds of Plague return, but to see them come back stronger than ever, showcasing that one of Deathcore's old dogs still has alot of bite to back its bark.

Recommended tracks
Never Alone
5150
Nameless Walker
Blood of My Enemy



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Nocturtle
June 6th 2018


937 Comments


Decimate the weak is a classic dxc album m/

I only listened to this once and it wasn't very memorable, maybe I should give it another spin

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2018


9453 Comments


Completely doubtful that this is as good as it says here

BlackMalachite
June 6th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The problem here is the production, it completely saps all the fun out of the music.

Nikkolae
June 6th 2018


5428 Comments


There is no way in hell this is a 4.5, even in a vacuum this is a 3 on a perfect day

Ninjahague
June 6th 2018


1231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Where does the production go wrong here? I think it's stellar.





And I have a tendency to overate things, most people might find this at a 3.5

Get Low
June 6th 2018


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Finally a review on this. As I stated in my soundoff, the album sucks but the title track is amazing. They would be so much more interesting if they utilized Adrienne's vocals more. The band lost every shred of creativity after Decimate the Weak.

pizzamachine
June 6th 2018


14168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Heyyyyyy, a review! Album riffs 🐇

Doctuses
June 6th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

xXxHCxXx

Darius the Great
June 6th 2018


20403 Comments


i can't get over the fact that this band's name is essentially analogous to a rancid fart

Get Low
June 6th 2018


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Their sound is analogous to a rancid fart as well.

Doctuses
June 6th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Or the sound of a piano smashing against concrete at terminal velocity

Ninjahague
June 7th 2018


1231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

my favorite

Get Low
June 7th 2018


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Omfg I just noticed the recommended section. lmao

Doctuses
June 7th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Vertical Beta suxxors

botb
June 7th 2018


12911 Comments


There’s a ton of grammar and spelling issues all over this review, might wanna correct those

Ninjahague
June 7th 2018


1231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

me not being able to find what type of errors there is really showcases my writing maturity

Pebster49
June 14th 2018


3021 Comments


I'll give this a listen then, good review

Get Low
November 6th 2018


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm not okay with this album having a higher average than Decimate the Weak.

Ninjahague
November 6th 2018


1231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

36 votes vs 500 votes lol

Get Low
November 6th 2018


5088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sill, 36 is a big enough sample size.



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