Kingdom of Sorrow "s/t" CDPosted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 @ 7:56am » permalink
I've already read many mixed accounts regarding the long-awaited debut full-length from Kingdom of Sorrow (released by Relapse Records), the side project spearheaded by Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta and Crowbar's Kirk Windstein, and oddly enough one of the chief complaints seems to often be, "Well, it just sort of sounds like a cross between Hatebreed and Crowbar." Now, call me crazy, but what exactly is the problem with that equation!? Seriously, I bought this album as mp3's off of Amazon.com so I don't have the booklet, so I'm not sure how the writing credits are broken down or anything, but I mean, at the end of the day both of these guys have easily identifiable vocal styles, and Kirk's riffs are definitely uniquely identifiable as well, so… I mean, I guess what I'm getting at is… how could you not expect this to sound like a cross between Hatebreed and Crowbar!? I don't know, I'm not really into "Free the Fallen" for some reason, but the rest of the disc is totally fuckin' solid, and there are a few absolutely awesome tracks here. And it's not a one-sided record, either. The chugging, stripped down elements of the Hatebreed sound are generally kept to a minimum, and when employed are often glossed over with at least a hint of that sludgy Crowbar vibe, but the bulk of the material tends to be efficiently diversified in terms of tempo changes and stylistic variety. There are some darker clean passages and singing vocals, plenty of those totally epic, "Planets Collide"-esque melodic riffs (I can't get enough of that shit, to be honest with you), a few quick lead runs… I don't know, I mean, to me, if you're a fan of both Hatebreed and Crowbar, I just don't see what the hell there is to complain about, you know? I guess maybe the fact that the album was completed so long before it was released might have hurt them in long run with certain listeners, because it gave them too much time to continually build their hopes up or something, but… fuck it. I like it. I'm satisfied.