Full Blown Chaos

Heavy Lies The Crown

Written by: PP on 10/09/2007 00:37:45

If you've wondered where me and my daily reviews have been for the better part of the last ten days, I've been writing a ridiculously long report for my university. But fear not, the daily album review stream is about to return, and what better way to start it than with one of the more exciting releases of August, namely Full Blown Chaos' newest record "Heavy Lies The Crown".

The band plays a nice mix of New York Hardcore and Hatebreed-style moshcore, but essentially it's something we've all heard before: bone-eschewing hardcore that doesn't extend a centimetre across the pre-defined genre description. Frontman Mazzola's growls are as intense as Jamey Jasta's, and are top quality within the genre. The lack of originality doesn't matter, because for the better part of the album the songs work. The angular guitars of "Firefight" are jumpy and have a degree of freshness to them. But "Heavy Lies The Crown" is undoubtedly the best track on the album. It's mid-tempo, the guitars are quirky and the main riff is solid and memorable. The distant "Hey, Hey, Hey!" gang shouts will surely raise a sea of fists in a live environment, fitting perfectly to the whole hardcore scene the band is so aligned to. Occasionally, a bit of thrash influence is thrown in as well, but not enough to put you off the hardcore setting you'll have come in terms with halfway through the album.

However, there are times on the album when the riffs just kinda blend together to Mazzola's growls, and the tracks begin to sound a tad bit too much alike. That's also why this album isn't getting as good grade as tracks like "Over The End" otherwise suggest it should. "Raise Hell" is as brutal as the other tracks for example, but it lacks the same kind of memorable guitar picking as the title track, or the semi-catchy chorus of "Halos For Heroes". All in all, "Heavy Lies The Crown" is great during its best moments, but only average for the rest of the time. But should you be a diehard Hatebreed/Terror fan, there's no way you should be able to skip this album.

Download: Firefight, Heavy Lies The Crown, Over The End
For the fans of: Hatebreed, Terror, Madball, Sick Of It All
Listen: Myspace

Release date 20.08.2007
Ferret Records
Provided by Target ApS

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