Death Sentence

June 23, 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 23, 2014
  • Release Date: June 23, 2014
  • Label: Facedown Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Facedown Records
  • Total Length: 42:53
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  • ASIN: B00KHQML54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,438 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Donahue on June 28, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
Those Who Fear caught my attention with their debut album "Unholy Anger." I loved their penchant for dark, crunching riffs, gruff vocals and lyrics addressing the dark side of Christianity. "Death Sentence" could have been equally good and I'd have been pleased. However, it clearly raises the bar not just a notch, but several notches. The grooves are groovier. The darkness is darker. The brutality is more brutal. The lyrics are still smart and address issues of the faith that many stray away from while remaining ultimately edifying. John Healy is definitely one of my favorite front men and he is a beast on this album. "Death Sentence" definitely propels Those Who Fear to the top of the Facedown family's lineup of bands. Absolutely no filler on this amazing album, but personal favorites include "Bear These Scars", "Ego Trip" and "The First Amendment." If you loved their first album, you'll be even more impressed with this one. If you are looking for some uplifting, window rattling hardcore grooves focusing on the Christian faith, then you should give this a listen as well.
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Let’s make one thing clear from the beginning. By engaging heavy thematic content through even more brutally chugging guitars and the occasional conviction of capital punishment to their drum set, Those Who Fear are about as subtle as a sledgehammer blow to the skull. Don’t misread that, if you are a fan of heavy music, you know that this is exactly what you’re looking for. Following their previous album Unholy Anger, TWF lose no momentum as they return with an even angrier set, more bold thematic choices, and a continual barrage of heavily brutal tones.

I’ve mentioned this a lot lately, and will probably continue to do so ad naseum until the label makes a noticeable misstep, but in my year or more covering every Facedown Records release, the powerhouse heavy music label has yet to release a lesser album across any of their artists. Though some have shined more than others, such as Everything in Slow Motion’s masterwork Phoenix, there has not been a distinctly poor album to be found in recent memory. With Death Sentence Those Who Fear (TWF) keep the winning streak alive as it moves towards 1990’s Bill Goldberg-level dominance.

Everything that made 2013’s Unholy Anger a winning formula with fans is present here, with certain additions and flourishes, such as an appearance by Fit For A King’s Ryan Kirby and a brief foray into record scratching to give a light rapcore feel (minus the rapping) for the briefest of moments.
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By P J Willoughby on July 30, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Those Who Fear are a brutal American hardcore band signed to Facedown Records. They explored the darker side of faith and ideology on their debut `Unholy Anger' (2013). This is their furious sophomore album `Death Sentence' (2014) where TWF tackle yet more weighty personal and societal issues. Their sound has been stated as "a more aggressive interpretation of the east coast hardcore sound". On this release you can hear their progression due to the addition of new drummer Jacob Wilder and the return of engineer Josh Schroeder (Random Awesome).

After the intro, they launch into `Bruised' with crunching hardcore riffs and gruff vocals "Back when I was bruised and young / Naive was my middle name / I would never care about anything / But now those times are gone". The tracks are short and brutal as you are whisked into `Bear These Scars' and on to `Ego Trip' (featuring Ryan Kirby of Fit For A King) where the technical skills of their new drummer come to the fore.

At this point the momentum has peaked and they introduce some distracted background dissonance in `The Pain I Feel' whilst contemplating being trapped by your own mind. "Help me free me from myself / I have built my own prison / Help me tear down these walls that keep me here". There is a similar background sound that runs through `The First Amendment' and parts of `Saturday Night Special'.

Then we reach another peak as `Cop Out' features the second guest spot with Nick Arthur of Molotov Solution. This moves between leaden drumming, heavy bass and brief sections of introspection. It also spits out the challenge "Does it help you sleep at night when you lie to yourself / Does it make you feel any better even when you know you're wrong".
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By xGhostx777 on August 25, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Death Sentence’ pretty much takes off where ‘Unholy Anger’ left off and the formula that made ‘Unholy Anger’ such a joy to listen to is present once again. It’s utterly pissed off musically and vocally, from the shuddering chugs on ‘Bruised’ to the visceral venom spat on ‘The Pain I Feel’ it’s all wrapped up exactly as you’d want it. The switching of tempos and atmospheric layered leads add to the overall effect and the beastly production of the album is once again delivered with stunning results. The production is one area where I hear a few new ideas, whether it was down to the band or not I’m not sure, but I enjoyed the clever techniques used to give the album those moments that raise a smile.
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