– lead vocals
Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
Christ – bass, backing vocals
Find set…Huntington Beach, CA in 1999, what were you doing? A group of guys got together to jam and create some
wonderful music. Under pseudonym the band began to write music and released two demos in 99 and 2000. Their debut album Sounding the Seventh Trumpet was recorded when the band members were only 18 years
old. It was released on Good Life Recordings in 2001. Soon after Gates joined the band they re-released the album with a re-recorded
“To End the Rapture” on Hopeless Records in 2002. In 2003 they hit stores again with Waking the Fallen with their
fourth bassist Johnny Christ. They hit the Vans Warped Tour the following couple of years then signed with Warner Bros. Records.
City of Evil hit the masses in 2005 selling 30,000+ the first week. The band really
started to gain speed with “Bat Country” and hit Warped Tour again. October 2007 seen their self-titled release
hit stores and debuting at #4. They released a live album from the headlining Taste of Chaos tour in 2008. Late 2009 tragedy
struck the band as their drummer The Rev pasted on as they just finished up with their fifth album. It was released the end
of July 2010 and is titled Nightmare. The album opens up with the titled cut.
The track brings with an eerie crib toy sound that turns into a blast of guitars and drums ripping up the stage. Shadows comes
in and screams the title. “Nightmare” features a great AX7 sound with backing vocals, soaring guitars,
and great pounding drums blended with extras. It leads the album off just like you would expect it to. The guitar solo is
insane and it’s topped off with a sinister laugh. “Welcome To The Family” continues with a blitz of sound
and multiple vocals. It has that feel of being a huge live tune as the track moves fast through its transitions. The lyrics
are a bit jumpy and with the speed of the track and those transitions it will stick you a bit odd though you will get use
to it. “Danger Line” begins with awesome tunes with a lengthy intro that will make your mouth water in anticipation.
It doesn’t live up to the hype though. It cruises on like most of the others with the same attitude and it starts to
get really old. The slow down period, which is a good chance of pace, is weird for the band. They sound completely different
as they abandon what they are known for. The whistling towards the end will have you saying “what the hell is that.”
If they continued the first half of the song it would have been good, but with the second half of the track they killed the
entire offering. “Buried Alive” really continues the second half of “Danger Line.” It’s a slower
track, but has a heightened awareness to it. They blast vocals at you while maintaining a good balance of tunes. They step
up with many excellent spots during the track. It’s a phenomenal track that I’m sure you will hear at a live show.
It does bust into what sounds like a Metallica track at the end of the offering. “Natural Born Killer” begins
fast and furious with insane drums and raging guitars that will make you go wild. It is a killer track that, although they
go soft in a couple of spots, hammers a great one home. Just sit back and enjoy. “So Far Away” is a heartfelt
track with awesome lyrics, but really doesn’t translate into a great track. It really lacks the star power and muscle
that it needs. It just falls short. “God Hates You” opens up with a vengeance trying to make up for the last track.
The gang vocal scream that open up the track vocally really gets you into the mood. They get things going once again as the
music gets intense once again. I still don’t know about it though. They
do go off the hook many times throughout the track, but it doesn’t flow well. “Victim” is a seven and a
half minute low key ride. It seems to glide past for a lack luster performance. the guitars get to let loose a couple of times,
but overall the song is just there. “Tonight The World Dies” continues on that same path. It doesn’t have
much to offer as “Fiction” gives you some piano and an eerie feeling. It does peek your attention, but once they
start to sing I asked myself “what the hell were they thinking?” it is completely out in right field and will
probably be a one and done for many fans. They only thing that might get fans to listen more times is the fact that is The
Rev’s last track he ever wrote. It might hold a sentimental value to hardcore fans. “Save Me” ends the album
on an 11 minute adventure. It begins with some cool tunes that turns into a long intro. They glide in with some soft vocals
that sweep across the stage with ease. the ending of the track is pretty cool, but the middle section just seems to drag on.
Overall I was pretty disappointed with the album. I know that they just went through a lot and it had to of weighted heavy
on them in this album. it is evident that there were many tracks that were dealing with the loss that they went through. With
that said though, there are way too many slower tracks on the album. out of the entire album I would give 3 or 4 tracks heavy
rotation on my computer or iPod, other than that they would be once here and there if at any after the first few go-arounds.
The guitars were there almost the entire time and the drums had their moments. The vocals were sharp for the most part and
the addition of the backing and gang vocals in spots added a lot to the track. As a whole though the album was just missing
something, the aggression and attitude wasn’t there most of the time.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Tracks to Watch:
Nightmare, Buried Alive, Natural Born Killer
- Welcome To The
- Danger Line
- Buried Alive
- Natural Born
- So Far Away
- God Hates You
- Tonight The
- Save Me