Greg Puciato
Child Soldier: Creator of God


4.5
superb

Review

by DavidYowi USER (3 Reviews)
November 28th, 2020 | 42 replies


Release Date: 10/01/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Don't you and I belong?"

After redefining the boundaries of metal with The Dillinger Escape Plan and reveling in his softer, synth-orientated tastes with The Black Queen, Greg Puciato has combined the two aspects of his musical persona with Child Soldier: Creator of God. The album features some of his most spacious and abrasively emotional songs in his entire career, with Puciato effortlessly gliding between contrasting moods. Child Soldier is the most comprehensive collection of everything Puciato has excelled at for his entire career, and fans of both The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Black Queen would be hard-pressed not to check this out.

One aspect of Child Soldier that might prove divisive is how this album jumps between synth-pop and metal, with both styles serving as their own entity rather than interacting with each other. It should be noted that, except for “A Pair of Questions”, the singles paint the album as more of a guitar-driven affair than what the full album entails. The singles make up most of the heavier songs on the album, with the rest of the album owing more to the electronica of The Black Queen, albeit in a moodier form. Depending on what parts of Puciato’s career you’re more invested in, you might favor one style significantly more than the other. But while these tonal shifts can make the album sound a bit disjointed, Child Soldier still manages to be a remarkably cohesive release due to the album’s brilliant structure. When taken as a whole, the songs tell a moving story of a protagonist falling back on something they’ve disavowed (“Fire for Water”), realizing why they loved it in the first place (“Deep Set”, “Temporary Object”), resorting back to the person they tried to move away from (“Do You Need Me to Remind You?”, “Roach Hiss”), removing themselves of the situation with a sense of both longing and regret (“A Pair of Questions”, “Evacuation”), then in the end wondering if they can do it all over again (“Heartfree”, “September City”). The album is a hefty 64 minutes, and it feels like it in the best possible way. Child Soldier is an album that patiently unveils its ambitions as it moves along, which gives every song and every shift in tone a sense of weight.

Without a doubt the biggest selling point of Child Soldier is Greg Puciato’s voice. None of this would work without a vocalist even half as versatile as Puciato. While it’s one thing to be able to do both harsh and soft vocals, it’s another thing entirely to sell it, and Puciato performs every song with complete conviction. It’s a joy hearing him tackle metal untethered to Ben Weinman’s distinct songcraft, as he goes completely unhinged on songs like “Fire for Water”, “Do You Need Me to Remind You?”, and “Roach Hiss” while maintaining a menacing ambience that hadn't really been explored with The Dillinger Escape Plan. Theres a sexy swagger to songs like the grungy “Deep Set” and the alluring “Fireflies” that imbues them with a romantic charisma. When the more vulnerable moments hit, like with “Through the Walls” and “Heartfree”, you can hear him welling up and giving in to his emotions. When Puciato ambiguously asks to “wander against the light” at the end of “September City”, you can’t help but be tempted by his offer.


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Rickislost
November 28th 2020


103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Awesome review.



Totally agree with this that Greg’s voice is perfect to pull this kind of album off. Songs like Do I need me to Remind you, Temporary object and Evacuation are utterly brilliant

GhostB1rd
November 28th 2020


7940 Comments


inb4 botb gets mad online that a white guy made an album called "child soldier" and sitardork comes in for backup

DavidYowi
November 29th 2020


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Damn I didn't know there were any p4k writers who used this site

Ecnalzen
November 29th 2020


10136 Comments


Never listened to any non dillinger associated Greg stuff

JoyfulPlatypus
November 29th 2020


279 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review! Even if I disagree with the rating, you made a lot of solid points. For me, it's just too all over the place.

parksungjoon
November 29th 2020


25412 Comments


good review [3]

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

Wildcardbitchesss
November 29th 2020


4597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I felt the same about the album feeling too scatterbrained stylistically, but that’s literally my only complaint. Every song here is great imo

robotmagician
November 29th 2020


1286 Comments


this record being all over the place sure makes for a weird album. I can see why people may not like it but as you said wildcard, all of the songs are great.

who saw a song like Down When I’m Not coming from Greg? it sounds like a fucking 90s/early 00s alt rock song. one of my favorites on here. one of the most impressive and versatile vocalists i’ve ever heard.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 29th 2020


64725 Comments


bet this is a 1

beefshoes
November 29th 2020


7919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really enjoyed this, though I have preferred what I was hearing on the Black Queen albums.

DavidYowi
November 29th 2020


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pots you really seem to have interesting takes about TDEP, what is it about post Ire Works TDEP that bothers you so much?

unclereich
November 29th 2020


8770 Comments


this is not good

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 29th 2020


64725 Comments


" what is it about post Ire Works TDEP that bothers you so much?"

Greg mostly. His vocal performances and lyrics got really cringe on OP imo but the songwriting was at least still interesting. after that it felt like they started back pedalling, at which point neither the vocals/lyrics nor the songwriting appealed to me anymore

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 29th 2020


64725 Comments


They had a certain career trajectory that I found really exciting all the way up to OP and with that alb it just started to fall apart and they lost me

Wildcardbitchesss
November 29th 2020


4597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah you’re probably gonna hate this then

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 29th 2020


64725 Comments


The single I heard did nothing for me

DavidYowi
November 29th 2020


305 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I can definitely see how Greg made the band goofier after IW, but I still think they stuck a nice balance between camp and aggression. In terms of lyrics I actually think Dissociation is their best in that regard

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 29th 2020


64725 Comments


I honestly cant comment on Dissociation lyrics. I was too dissociated from the band by the time that came out to give it my best attention

LeddSledd
November 29th 2020


2868 Comments


That take is totally understandable Pots, OP and One of Us didn't hook me at all compared to their first three albums. The only reason I disagree is because I feel that Dissociation was a comeback in terms of songwriting and stylistic variety

Digging: Cryptopsy - Blasphemy Made Flesh

parksungjoon
November 29th 2020


25412 Comments


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