From the intro,"Illuminaudio", I could tell this album would be a lot better
than their debut album with Craig Owens. This is the first album featuring their new singer, Brandon Bolmer, and I can already tell that he does much better than Craig did in Chiodos. His coive is much crisper, though it is still higher pitched, and the screaming is much better sounding. It doesn't sound like he's struggling with it, it comes with ease for him, so its nice to hear.
Every song on the album flows surprisingly well, even though each song does sound similar musically. Much like All's Well That Ends Well, but better.
I really liked the track, "Let Us Burn One" because its about someone not being there when you thought they were. Its a real life topic that is very relatable, and to me personally, it means a lot. "I gave it all to you. Everything I had and then you took my soul. You took my soul away." Sadly, this happens a lot. With every person that does you wrong, you cahnge a little. So in a sense, they do take your soul away, or at least parts of it.
If you listen to the tenth track, "Stratovolcano Mouth" and listen to the 2009 demo they released featuring Craig, "Thermacare", you'll hear a similarity. "Stratovolcano Mouth" features the audio to "Thermacare". The actual song was redone as "The Only Thing You Talk About" by Craig's new band, D.R.U.G.S.
There's a great difference between this album and the previous two featuring
Craig Owens as the singer. I do feel that Bradley Bell, Matt Goddard, Jason
Hale, Pat Mcmanaman, and Tanner Wayne do better now than they ever did with
Craig on previous albums. The sound, which is similar, has been refinsihed to
work perfectly for the band, and sounds better all around with Brandon.
I do recommend this album, there is not a single song on the album I did not like somewhat. For that reason, I give this album four stars.
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