Youth Code and King Yosef
A Skeleton Key in the Doors of Depression



by kildare USER (1 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2021 | 4 replies

Release Date: 03/09/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Excellent music. Not wild about King Yosef's vocals.

Sara Taylor’s vocals and Ryan George’s music on this album are ***ing awesome as usual. But I’m disappointed. Oh, it’s not the tragic HORROR I experienced back in 1991 when I first popped in Metallica’s Black Album, when I finally accepted that what made Puppets such a great album had died with Cliff Burton. But, still, this new Youth Code album is disappointing. King Yosef’s vocals remind me very strongly of Ivan Moody’s (Five Finger Death Punch), and it feels incompatible with Youth Code’s sound.

Of course, guttural vocals aren’t new to industrial music; Al Jourgensen changed to a guttural style with Psalm 69. But I much prefer his (processed) hardcore/thrash style on Rape and Honey and Terrible Thing to Taste. Curiously, Sara Taylor’s vocals are basically guttural; why do THEY work for me, but not Yosef’s? Because she’s female? Sounds like a personal problem on my part. I don’t know, but guttural, death-metal vocals have always sounded, since I first heard them in 1989 on Death’s Leprosy, like an act to me. The vocals on all his subsequent albums (except Symbolic), were also great disappointments, since Chuck Schuldiner’s MUSIC is about as good as metal gets. To my ears, though, a pissed off guy about to kick some ass sounds a lot more like Tom Araya (Slayer) than Chuck Shuldiner. In fact, I can’t think of any other context outside of death metal vocals that a guy would put on such a voice. It sounds more like puking than screaming in rage.

Yet my tastes are apparently in the minority. For the exception of Slayer, guttural vocals in bands like Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage seem to be more commercially successful than a traditional hardcore/thrash/screaming style. I note too that Ministry’s Psalm 69 was more commercially successful than its predecessors. Maybe that’s what Youth Code is going for with the addition of King Yosef? All the luck to him and Youth Code, but his vocals just aren’t for me.

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April 3rd 2021



April 3rd 2021


Album Rating: 4.0

Wasn’t planning to review this but I think I might now as I vehemently disagree with nearly every take in this review. It’s your opinion but, man, I really don’t understand some of the comparisons and complaints lodged against the album in this review.

April 3rd 2021


Woah cvlts livez

Do it man

Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2021


"Sounds like a personal problem on my part."

Should have been the summary.

Didn't know they had a new one, gotta check.

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