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Bad Omens - The Death Of Peace Of Mind review



Reviewer:
7.9

30 users:
6.77
Band: Bad Omens
Album: The Death Of Peace Of Mind
Release date: February 2022


01. Concrete Jungle
02. Nowhere To Go
03. Take Me First
04. The Death Of Peace Of Mind
05. What It Cost
06. Like A Villain
07. Bad Decisions
08. Just Pretend
09. The Grey
10. Who Are You?
11. Somebody Else.
12. IDWT$
13. What Do You Want From Me?
14. Artificial Suicide
15. Miracle


A bit out of my comfort zone, but overall an enjoyable time.

You could say that I’m not the biggest expert when we’re talking about metalcore. Usually it’s not the genre I’ll specifically look out for, since to me, it’s often a very hit-or-miss kind of thing. This specific record was recommended to me by a friend who thoroughly enjoys The Death Of Peace Of Mind.

Me? I like it, but that’s something most of you astute sleuths have already found out by looking at the score, of course. So, what exactly do I like about Bad Omens’ latest? The strong band performances, and just an overall feel that these guys have their own voice within the metalcore circles.

Speaking of voice... Noah Sebastian did a pretty spectacular job on the vocals here. Bear in mind that this is the first time I’ve listened to a record with him on vocals. Both the softer and heavier moments benefit from his vocal additions. The harsher vocals are very traditional for the genre, but the softer ones feel a bit more unique. There’s a certain haunting touch to them, which does fit quite a few of the songs very well.

The other thing that should add a bit of personality to this record are the electronic touches. Now, it’s very much not the first time a metalcore band makes use of these to give their songs a bit more gravitas. I spoke about how metalcore for me is 50/50 kind of genre; with electronic elements, I’d say there is only about 40% chance I’ll be liking it, simply because it’s often not implemented satisfyingly. A lot of the time they result from shallow attempts at adding catchiness or a bit more memorability. Luckily, I didn’t find that to be the case with The Death Of Peace Of Mind. In general, the electronic elements add to the atmosphere of this album.

To get a feel for whether you’ll like this album or not, you’d simply have to listen to the title track in my opinion. It’s basically the blueprint for the other tracks on The Death Of Peace Of Mind. More often than not, the band is looking for that contrast between soft and harsh elements. To great effect, you might ask? Ehm yes... for the most part... However, they use it a lot and as a result you get songs that can feel a bit more like filler than the ones that click immediately and a have a more memorable chorus to them. And after a couple of extra listens, I don’t really feel like there are tracks on this album that will grow on me more in the future. Is that a bad omen for the staying power of this record? All puns aside, for me personally I don’t think it’s a problem, because I also realized while giving this record a few more spins, that I still immensely enjoy the ones that clicked with me from the start.

In conclusion, yes, I do recommend The Death Of Peace Of Mind. I might not be the biggest expert or fan of the metalcore genre, but this one did hit its mark for me. And that counts for something, I guess. I’d say give it a chance.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8





Written on 05.06.2022 by You know I'm right, you just haven't realised it yet...


Comments

Comments: 4   Visited by: 110 users
06.06.2022 - 00:35
Rating: 8
Nejde
Philosoraptor
Very nice review and I think it's spot on. I really enjoyed this album when it was released back in February because it didn't feel generic at all like most other metalcore releases do these days. The clean vocals is the highlight of the album. Imo Like A Villain is the best track closely followed by the harsh Artifical Suicide and the mellow Bad Decisions. Gonna go back and spin this album some more now so thanks for the review
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06.06.2022 - 13:14
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Really glad to see you covering this one, since I considered covering it when it came out. They're taking the Bring Me The Horizon approach in their own way, with a lot of the stuff here sounding closer to what you'd expect someone like The Weeknd to do rather than a core band, but they're very good at it.
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06.06.2022 - 16:54
MetalManic

I don't recall having even seen a parental advisory mark on an album cover featured on MS---at least not in the past decade
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06.06.2022 - 19:19
Rating: 8
tominator
At best deranged
Written by RaduP on 06.06.2022 at 13:14

Really glad to see you covering this one, since I considered covering it when it came out. They're taking the Bring Me The Horizon approach in their own way, with a lot of the stuff here sounding closer to what you'd expect someone like The Weeknd to do rather than a core band, but they're very good at it.


Yeah, it does have some qualities to it, that you wouldn't immediately expect from a metalcore act. And that's what keeps things fresh and interesting. And I agree completely that they manage to pull it off really well.
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