I’ve got to admit that when this one came out on June 17 of this year that my expectations were fairly high. These guys have been on a helluva run of late and it seemed like this release could be a break through album for them. However, the first few listens, I have to admit that I was a tad underwhelmed. The songs overall have been stripped down in complexity from previous releases. However, they more I listened to the album, the more it just wormed its way into my brain. So many songs I just couldn’t get out of my head. Luckily for the band, this album is getting seriously good press and the future really looks great for these lovely French dudes. Also, nice is that their constant theme of environmental awareness and protection is firmly in place. It’s a good message to continue to hammer home in the face of the shit show coming down the road from Dear Leader Trump and the corporate whores with which he is filling his cabinet.
The sample track below has just an all out trippy guitar hook in which you won’t be able to forget. It will make you want to slam the nearest climate denial into a wall.
The list so far:
20(a). Metallica-Hardwired…To Self Destruct
20. The Dillinger Escape Plan-Dissociation
19. Russian Circles-Guidance
18. Anciients-Voice of the Void
16. Death Angel-The Evil Divide
15. John Wesley-a way you’ll never be
14. Black Crown Initiate-Selves We Cannot Forgive