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4.75 stars - Awesome musicianship, songwriting, & production,
This review is from: The Hymn Of A Broken Man (Special Edition)(CD/DVD) (Audio CD)
To me this is the perfect mix of heavy, ambient, rock, and heartfelt melodies. Don't let the cover fool you. Listening to this actually feels like the end of a rain storm (which the cover may be hinting at). Listening to this leaves me feeling light & hopeful rather than weighed down, depressed, & angry.
Are you searching for Him? You may be in the darkest time of your life, and yet there is still hope. Turn the reigns over to God because He cares.
From a purely musical standpoint, this album is beautiful. It may be too heavy for some, but that's alright, 'cuz that's just how I like it. If you're young and trying to get your parents to be OK with this, just tell mom that the lyrics are what sets this apart from other crap you could be listening to. There's screaming, sure. But what is Jesse screaming about? Hope & perseverance in the face of struggle. Metal. Heavy. Fast. Moments of slow intertwined with moments of some pretty sweet headbanging moments & low-end grooves. There's just enough metal here for any fan of the genre, and there's enough melody to put mainstream radio to shame. That's another point I'd like to make. The songwriting & musicianship (and the production) on this album soar far above what I've heard in quite a while. I would liken the sound of this album to people who actually care about their craft & being pure musicians rather than the fame, the glory, the money, making the most hyped-up album you've ever heard, making an album solely to push musical bounds (even though I think this album does just that). I especially appreciate the ambiance they have created on this album.
Who knew someone could record all the music himself? Who knew someone's voice could have so much range & accuracy (and sound good at what it tries to achieve)? It's not often we get to hear something like this. I know this is kind of a journey into the unknown for Adam & Jesse (& company), but it feels like something special that can't really be concluded in just one outing.
Conclusion: Are you willing?