Thanks again to Keith for the CD. Always good
to get hold of an advance copy! So how will this one do when on
The Bereaved. If the album
starts as it means to go on then this is promising! Opening
riff is an absolute cracker, murderously heavy but with an
underlying groove. Tempo changes galore follow, vast majority
are very subtle, they are all skilfully handled. Slower section
towards the end is as brutal as ever, intricate basswork and
clever kick-drumming. Quality track.
Playing The Role Of God.
Blistering opening salvo leads into a cleverly executed slower
section. Essentially the song is a cross between thrash and
hardcore. Contains another trademark slower bridge, which
is immensely powerful.
Relentless. Maiden feel
to opening riff, albeit much beefier. Similar lines to preceding
tracks, clean vocals after the second chorus were slightly
mystifying, otherwise it works well.
While You Sleep. Slower
track but no less vicious. First lengthy solo of the album
during the bridge section, and first real airing of a trademark
Adrenaline breakdown shortly afterwards.
Sins Of A Thousand. Minimalist
start hints at quiet before the storm and doesn't disappoint.
Chunky riffing and familiar construction ensures that this
one is suitably ferocious.
Provoking The Thought.
Onslaught from the word go until a brutal breakdown is unleashed.
Complex track made to sound very simple.
No Ones Promised Tomorrow.
This one clocks in at just over six and a half minutes. Dramatic
change from their usual material but works very well. Think
stadium rock meets extreme metal and you'll be close. Chorus
has an absolutely superb hook.
Hand Over Fire. Back
to familiar territory. Stunning breakdown, clean vocal section
missed the mark for me.
Kill It For Me. Return
of the groove-laden opening riff! Otherwise it's a fairly
standard Adrenaline tune.
Inertia. Faster track,
pinch harmonics in the chorus are a nice touch.
Smile. Restrained intro
before all hell breaks loose. Trademark song with savage breakdown.
Nos Da. The usual mix
of brutality and finesse. The breakdown on this is the most
vicious on the album.
Outro. Acoustic guitar
with swirling wind effects concludes the hostilities!
Production is much crisper than their previous
CD. The quality of the musicians, combined with the strength of
the songwriting, is evident throughout. Loads of tempo changes,
many being very subtle, all deftly handled. “No Ones Promised
Tomorrow” is a very different track for the band, and a
brave move, but they take it in their stride well. Extreme metal
fans should appreciate this album, it's brutal yet retains their
distinctive sound. Hope it does well for you fellas!!