OCTOBER 16th 2014

Review by Metal Mom

Genre: Black
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Record Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: Aug. 5th (CD, Black LP, Fuchsia LP, Digital)

Blake Judd: rhythm and lead guitars and vocals
Drew Markuszewski: rhythm and lead guitars, vocals
Will Lindsay: Bass guitar
Sanford Parker:  synths and electronics
Charlie Fell: drums

Track List:
1. Intrusion
2. Fireheart
3. Voyager
4. Into the Endless Abyss
5. In the Absence of Existence
6. The World We Left Behind
7. Tear You Down
8. On the Other Side
9. Epitaph for a Dying Star

This album is said to be the final chapter in a tumultuous, controversial and always provoking history. A Black Metal memorial, oozing of desperation, gloom and depravity. But you can never tell these days.

You know I am going to be really honest here, never heard of this band, well sorry, I have heard of them, but never once checked them out. Then I got the album to review, I wasn’t sure what to expect, so started looking into the band. Well there are so many negative things said, that I stopped looking, after all its suppose to be about the album, not all the negativity about a member.  So if you want some of the details of the band, you can dig and find out yourself. I am just going to review “The World We Left Behind”.

It has already been released in North America (Aug5) and Europe/Australia/New Zealand (Aug4), I am still not really sure what I think of it. I gave it a few listens. Musically, it was a great piece, and vocally, there was some variety that I enjoyed. But it felt a little too depressive for me. Like back in the day, when you watched a concert, lite your lighter and swayed back and forth. It was well constructed, don’t get me wrong, but I also like a little more upbeat, headbanging on an album. I totally understand writing about your experiences, which at the time would have been dark, lonely and depressing. Like I said I am of two minds on this one, but it’s an expression here, and truthfully it would depend on your mood, whether you enjoyed it or not. It may be slow and sad at times, but it also picks up, lifting so it also has many good qualities about it. This is one of those albums that you would have to buy and decide for yourself.