Released: 2014, Candlelight Records
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Earth Crisis is not unknown to hardcore and generally extreme metal camp. They are around since 1989 with a 6-year hiatus in 2001. They are about to release their seventh studio album (not counting LAST OF THE SANE as it’s a cover album) Musically the record is the best post-hiatus Earth Crisis effort and its name: SALVATION OF INNOCENTS.
When I have listened to SALVATION OF INNOCENTS for the very first time I thought it was another Earth Crisis album, BUT, it wasn’t. I am not much of a hardcore fan or into hardcore albums, BUT here the things are slightly different. It’s not a pure hardcore album. It’s infused with doom metal elements, down-tempo and clean vocals (‘Shiver’ and ‘No Reason’), thrash-iness in ‘Devoted To Death’ and the first guitar riff in the opener ‘De- Desensitize’ which contains one of the greatest mid-tempo thrash bridges. And those different elements make this record versatile and really good.
My only complaint is the album’s sound. They seem to get loose some of their distinguished sound. I don’t know what’s going wrong with that, but the too modern production has left behind the sound issue a little bit and as a result fans are not going to get who is playing that song from the first moment.
To sum up, SALVATIONS OF INNOCENTS is a good piece of hardcore/extreme music. EC fans will get what they expect from this album and surely they most certainly won’t be let down.
Earth Crisis though are quickly becoming masters of taking so many different elements and styles and weaving them into this unique tapestry of sounds and aural experiences.