Repentance – God for a Day

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Reviewed: February, 2021
Released: September 25, 2020
Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: The Elitist Metalhead

When it comes to modern metal, or what is deemed modern metal by a certain fan base, I’m hit or miss. The American scene is one that leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. These bands play this hybrid of groove metal, mall core, and just enough melodic guitar solos to kinda hook you in and make you think it’s old school thrash metal…..but not so much. Sometimes it takes more than just a melodic guitar solo to hook me in. Repentance is a band is not far from what I described above. The band was put together by Shaun Glass (Soil, Dirge Within, Broken Hope) and Robby J Fonts, vocalist of mall core band Stuck Mojo. My elity senses went off immediately. But….I decided I would give this a chance. I mean, Markus Johansson (THEM, Sylencer, 4Arm) was slinging the axe so we’re gonna get some nice riffs and killer solos, right?

The short answer is sort of. The longer answer is that the album GOD FOR A DAY is pretty much how I initially thought it was going to sound. Yeah, it is really heavy but heavy is only one ingredient. If you have heavy and no riffs, you just have a chug fest. GOD FOR A DAY is a mixed bag of both. The intro, “Repentance” is actually a nice build up to the first proper song “Only The Damned Die Young.” The song is not awful and the downtuned chugs are not that offensive. There is a really nice solo in the middle. There’s some breakdown action that screams core but it’s the vocals I can’t do. I’m into death metal guttural growls and black metal shrieks and rasps, but these core vocals are not for me. But these guys are sneaky. For instance, on “Clarity” they throw this really heavy core breakdown at you with those core shouts and just when you’re about to jam pencils in your ears, they throw this godly solo at you that makes you stay around for the end.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some redeeming qualities to this album. The title track and “Snake Oil Humanitarian” have some nice riffs as does “Born To Choose.” All of those have riffs that remind me of Nevermore, which is a modern groove metal band I loved. “Deliverance” is a heavy song. That I can agree on.


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Lineup:
Robby J. Fonts | Vocals
Shaun Glass | Guitar
Markus Johansson | Guitar
Mike Sylvester | Bass
Kanky Lora | Drums

Tracklist:
1. Repentance (Intro)
2. Only The Damned Die
3. Clarity
4. God For A Day
5. Snake Oil
6. Enter The Gallows
7. Where The Vultures Gather
8. Born To Choose
9. Deliverance

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