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Now here is where musicianship comes in. Darkest Hour has grown a lot since "So Sedated.." and they are able to pull off a more epic sound. John Henry had to EVOLVE his vocals to fit. His screams and growls still dominate the album. He has only added another element to his vocals. Kinda like what Matt Heafy had to do with Trivium when they put out the Crusade, except not nearly as extreme.
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There are always those "original" fans that cling on to the old school and reject the new. Yet they fail to make any comparisons between the two sounds. Darkest Hour has been playing this style of metal since they were kids. "Deliver Us" is a progression of that style -the band did not take on a new sound. If I did not follow this band I would assume that "Deliver Us" came before "Undoing Ruin", as it actually ties "..Sadist Nation" and "Undoing Ruin" together. If you loved either one of those albums then you will like this one.
When I first listened to the album and the song Demons came on i thought "what? is john trying to sing?". I was really bored by the chorus on that track.Read more ›
That was the first word that I could say when the opening track for Darkest Hour's fifth true full length kicked off. If "Doomsayer" isn't the closest thing to classic In Flames that's been released since the birth of metalcore, I don't know what is. Opening with acoustic guitar work that explodes into a mid-paced drum groove with shades of Gothenburg leads underneath, the song quickly becomes a straight In Flames cut when they kick it into overdrive. The lead work is strong and the growls are true. No melodic sing-song chorus here, just brutality. From the melodic breakdown to the syncopated rhythm section that lead into an excellent solo, the song is trademark In Flames and, despite all of that, is actually quite good.
The opening track gives you a good idea of what Deliver Us is all about. Darkest Hour has grown as a band through the years and I believe are beginning to reach their full level of maturity with this disc. The Gothenburg influences have become their sound yet, they manage to remain unrelenting in their crushing riffs and speed. I have to give credit to John Henry for limiting his melodic vocal approach on the disc in a time when everyone in this scene is singing every chorus (including In Flames!). I wouldn't mind seeing him back off even more though and let the music do all of the talking though. This style of music has always been about the guitar work.
"Doomsayer" is followed by a short burst of energy called "Sanctuary" which has a brief glimpse of a melody in the vocals but is buried quickly. "Demon(s)" then kicks in and that pure Gothenburg sound returns. The lead that takes over after the breakdown isn't cheese laden, like most metalcore, but powerful and emotive.Read more ›
And even though none of them can claim to be outright amazing, there are certainly still some standout tracks that are very worthy of your time and attention. Opener "Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)" finds lightly-picked dual acoustic guitars being underpinned by a melodic bass groove, and topped off a handful good melodic solos. The next two songs adopt the melodic/tuneful choruses described above. So while even though "Sanctuary" might be a fiery and urgent modern thrasher with brisk, chugging riffs and deftly cracking skins, it retains a bit of melody when it does ease back and open up for a surprisingly melodic chorus.Read more ›
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You're here because you already know how awesome this album is. Is a review really necessary? Buy this album.Published 8 months ago by FrostC1Elite
Gift for our grandson and he is crazy about it. He has told us he listens to it all the time.Published 20 months ago by alice hill
If Darkest Hour's Undoing Ruin (2005) was a lesson in battling depression, then Deliver Us (2007) tells about the struggle not to fall back into it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ben
Darkest Hour has delivered its fans another masterpiece from producer Devin Townsend brazingly entitled Deliver US. Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by J.P. Bollmann AkA
And that's what Darkest Hour did. Sure, they decided to go kind of soft with the melodic singing (to get more fans) but they are still one of the best metal bands out there. Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by chris
All I have to say is Doomsayer. If there is any reason to buy this CD it is for that song, and that song alone. Read morePublished on October 18, 2008 by Plagueofsevendeaths
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I don't believe we are talking about the same album... have you ever heard Darkest Hour before?
Jul 12, 2007 by Zero7827 | See all 4 posts
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