Reviewed: July 2011
Released: 2011, Century Media Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The Southern California purveyors of pain are going to quickly change the landscape of heavy music upon the release of their much anticipated release, “Against The World”, which is a perfect metallic assault of angst ridden fury. The group went back to their roots channeling the basic, urban hardcore elements, which made their Century Media Records debut offering, “Decimate The Weak.
“Rise The Dead” intro is luring us into a brutal start to the album. Pounding guitars, great drumming along with determined vocals, it provides a great start to the cd. “One for the Butcher” grips you from the start and is one of my favourite tracks on the cd.
“Drop The Match” has a more rap feel to it whilst still retaining the strength and power. “Built For War” starts off slow and melodic before the speeding up to a superb tempo of drums, guitars/bass and destructive vocals. “Refined in the Fire” has a mellower beat to it along with strong vocals. It brings us into the short spoken track “The Warrior Code” with ease.
“Against The World” & “Monsters” continue in the heavy melodic style. These show off how much each band member can do. “Most Hated” is heavier and more powerful. Before it slow down and into track 10 “Only Song “is a short instrumental track which combines mixture of styles and tempos. It has been formed together well and a pleasure to listen to. “California” & “Strength To Dominate” bring the tempo and brutality back up again and round off the album perfectly.
“Against The World” has beautifully captured the power and diversity that Winds Of Plague can offer. Each track has its own style and sound which stands out from each other. The full album flows well from track to track, leading us on an aurally pleasing journey. This is an album that deserves to be listened to, go check it out!
Review by Shelia Hamilton
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