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Light the Torch: Revival (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

I guess one of the questions here is whether this the debut album by a new band, or if it is actually the third album from Devil You Know. Both singer Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage) and guitarist Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) were founder members back in 2012, while bassist Ryan Wombacher (Bleeding Through) joined in 2014. Many things happened in 2016, and this resulted in the guys deciding to start over again, bringing in Extinction A.D. drummer Mike “Scuzz” Sciulara to complete the album. As one would expect from those involved, what we have here is a metalcore act, with a high focus both on melody and sheer heaviness.

If I was to pick one song from the Killswitch Engage canon it would have to be “My Curse”, where Howard is as it his absolute best, but here he seems to be even more at home. It is hard to describe just how melodic this album is, while also maintaining a skull crushing heaviness at all times. True, there are times when the band almost stop to let Howard get on with it, but they always come crunching back with some force. This is an incredibly accessible record, from the first song through to the very last note, and I wonder if the switch in names is going to bode well for them as I can see this gaining a great deal of airplay in the States, and a lot of metalcore fans around the world are going to be seeing this a fresh and energised beginning. Solid.

Rating: 7/10

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Track list:
1 – Die Alone
2 – The God I Deserve
3 – Calm Before the Storm
4 – Raise the Dead
5 – The Safety of Disbelief
6 – Virus
7 – The Great Divide
8 – The Bitter End
9 – Lost in the Fire
10 – The Sound of Violence
11 – Pull My Heart Out
12 – Judas Convention

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Links:
https://www.facebook.com/LightTheTorchOfficial/
http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/

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