Grrrrr. These fellas like to play it rough. With some soulful bluesy lead breaks to show that, you know, they're also sensitive souls really. For some reason this CD gave me a headache which, I suspect is down to the LOUD mixing/mastering and the frankly awful scratchy guitar sound. The so-called loudness war really does need to stop if listening to music on headphones is going to be such an awful experience like this. Anyhow, sound vulgarities aside, I guess we should mention the songs. By and large they are metalcore with a very Gary Meskil-alike shouty vocal. Sweet. Even sweeter are the beautiful swells at the end of 'Chasing Aside', segueing into 'A Simple Taste Of'; a short instrumental piece designed to break up the tension (and give my ears a break). Still, a minute later, it's back to sanding-down the inner workings of my lugs with their aural scrubbing brushes. Moments later 'The Everlasting Grace of Mind' is another welcome relief from the head-pummelling. So, what impresses most is the lead-work of Zack and/or Nelson (not sure which played the leads, if not both), along with the gentler moments. What doesn't impress is the production/mixing/mastering; back to school for you guys. As for the bulk of the songs themselves, they're a decent set of metalcore tunes, not quite anthems, which push the anger buttons in all the right places. Marred only by the odd choice of production. Finally, the title track shows a great deal of promise as it takes a slightly epic turn, mostly due to the intro piece, which would be beneficial to utilise more often. Should you buy it? Only if you enjoy the sight of blood in your ears, and can't get enough crazy metalcore shouty randomness. Otherwise, look elsewhere for now.
Metal Blade Records
THE ASTONISHING FURY OF MANKIND
Review by Steve Cowan
8th June 2009
2) Hell Eve Hate
3) Immersion Inner Nation
5) Chasing Inside
6) A Simple Taste Of...
8) By My Own
9) Dare I Say
10) The Everlasting Grace of Mind
11) The Astonishing Fury of Mankind
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
"...a decent set of metalcore tunes, not quite anthems, which push the anger buttons in all the right places."