Leaders - Indomitable

Published Monday 28th October 2013
Leaders - Indomitable
Leaders - Indomitable

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 144230-21049
LABEL: Facedown FCD1342
RELEASE DATE: 2012-03-27

Reviewed by Ian Webber

Opening with the doom laden toll of a bell you could be fooled into thinking this was a gloomy, death metal offering. You do not have to wait too long however before this Californian quartet serve up usual Facedown Records' fare. "Hell" bursts through the speakers with chugging guitars, throaty growls and a fair smattering of punchy breakdowns. The riffs are relentless and some of the heaviest I have heard in a while. Blast beats add to the overall feel of the album that would have plenty of mosh pit devotees drooling. Variety does not seem to be too high on Leaders' agenda and the first vocal change appears on "My Home" with a semi clean growl in the style of Brian "Head" Welch. Lyrically the band does not hold back from sharing their faith, with themes of spiritual warfare and trust in God that manage to avoid typical clich├ęs. "Struggles" is an honest reflection of the writer's doubts and questions set to a pounding rhythm. Indomitable is not really innovative, but it is loud and enjoyable. The instrumentation and production is polished and crisp allowing you to turn the volume right up. Sturdy and in your face, there is no let up in pace until the last, quieter keyboard chords sound in the final outro.

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