Altars - Something More

Published Monday 19th August 2013
Altars - Something More
Altars  - Something More

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 138627-20570
LABEL: Facedown FCD1302

Reviewed by Graeme Crawford

This, the second full album from the Colorado metalcore band, makes the same mistakes that hindered their previous two releases. There is a lack of quality and refinement in many of the tracks, leaving them as a thundering cacophony. Melodies are buried deep and hard to find. The vocals of Mike Searle are particularly disappointing, as he lacks range and finesse and tries to cover this up with sheer power. The drumming is driving, and frenetic at times. The guitars provide the most welcome moments, such as the chugging riff of "Question Everything" and the classic '80s metal style twin guitar attack on "Revolutions". Lyrically, they are mainly focussing on social and political cooperation, working together to the same ends, respect for others and their views, and to quote "Seek truth, spread hope." Unfortunately, this album fails to deliver the 'Something More' that is needed to drag it out of mediocrity.

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