Rating:
5.3
Kingdom Of Sorrow - Behind The Blackest Tears
8 June 2010


01. Enlightened to Extinction
02. God's Law In The Devil's Land
03. Monuments Of Ash
04. Behind The Blackest Tears
05. Envision The Divide
06. From Heroes To Dust
07. Along The Path To Ruin
08. With Barely A Breath
09. The Death We Owe
10. Sleeping Beast
11. Torchlight Procession
12. Salvation Denied
13. Soldiers Of Hell [Running Wild cover] [Limited Edition bonus]
14. No Class [Motörhead cover] [Limited Edition bonus]


Kingdom of Sorrow is a sludge/metalcore band for the good ol' US of A. Now, I am a huge fan of this genre, great riffs, shrieking vocals, add that together with amazing live performances and you get a really fun experience. Well… most of the time, that is.

I popped my headphones in expecting to hear that amazing, fun time. What I got from listening was boredom so intense, I wanted to cry. The album is essentially one track, now that's good if you're Sunn O))), but for a sludge/metalcore band? It's horrendous! The album is so monotonous it's almost unbearable. The drums pound endlessly, the vocals… just yelling, not even good yelling, it is a major turn off in this album. However, there is one glimmer of hope: the guitar work is quite good. The first track is an amazing intro, of course it has to be ruined by the awful vocals, but the guitar was good none the less. I also liked the album art, but don't be fooled, it's just like make-up on a dirty whore.

Now kiddies, let's go through the anatomy of a Kingdom Of Sorrow song.

1. Have a kick ass intro
2. Ruin it with awful vocals
3. Make it even worse by adding clean vocals on top
4. Add a simplistic solo in hopes of bringing the quality up
5. End the song after three seconds of the solo

Overall, I don't even know why I bothered to listen past the first few tracks; I guess I'm stubborn like that. Do not buy this album.

Highlights- the first 20 seconds of "Enlightened By Extinction"

Performance: 6
Songwriting: 4
Originality: 6
Production: 9


 


written by Boxcar Willy | 12.02.2012


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K†ulu - 12.02.2012 at 23:32  
So how many times have you listened to the album?
Boxcar Willy - 12.02.2012 at 23:35  
Written by K†ulu on 12.02.2012 at 23:32

So how many times have you listened to the album?

1 and a half.

Anymore and I'd have died.
K†ulu - 13.02.2012 at 20:33  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 12.02.2012 at 23:35

Written by K†ulu on 12.02.2012 at 23:32

So how many times have you listened to the album?

1 and a half.

Anymore and I'd have died.

I just think that listening to an album one and a half times is simply not enough really comprehend, let alone review it; but that's me.
Boxcar Willy - 13.02.2012 at 21:25  
Written by K†ulu on 13.02.2012 at 20:33

Written by Boxcar Willy on 12.02.2012 at 23:35

Written by K†ulu on 12.02.2012 at 23:32

So how many times have you listened to the album?

1 and a half.

Anymore and I'd have died.

I just think that listening to an album one and a half times is simply not enough really comprehend, let alone review it; but that's me.

Maybe you're right, but for me to listen to this twice, all the way through...


Not going to happen.

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