Review: Islander – Violence & Destruction
- Artist: Islander
- Album: Violence & Destruction
- Release date: July 8, 2014
- Record Label: Victory Records
- Track Listing:
- "The Sadness of Graves"
- "Coconut Dracula"
- "Cold Speak"
- "Side Effects of Youth"
- "New Wave"
- "Criminals (Feat. Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D.)
- "Hearts Grow Cold"
- "Violence & Destruction"
Today I'm going to review, Islander's Violence and Destruction album, thanks to my parents! Now, while this website is for Christian bands, Islander isn't technically a Christian band. Or at least at the time of this release, only one of the members was a Christian. And it was the singer, who wrote all the lyrics. Now all the band members are Christians, and the current line-up is from all sorts of Christian bands! J.R. Bareis of Love & Death, Ezekiel Vasquez of ForeverAtLast, and Arin Illejay (or however you spell that) of Confide (Christian band) and Avenged Sevenfold (not a Christian band). But this line-up didn't record this album. Anyways, enough of me babbling, onto the review!
The first song "Counteract" was a lot heavier than I expected. It almost has a Metalcore feel to it. (That's right, I said it)
The next song, "The Sadness of Graves" is where more of their Nu-metal starts to show. (It shows through out the album, just not as much in "Counteract") The song is great and very interesting. A lot of this material is emotional. But not Screamo/EMO crap!
"Coconut Dracula". One of the best song titles EVER. It's by far the album's hit single. And it has every right to be. It's catchy!
"Cold Speak"'s into reminds me of the intro of Demon Hunter's song "The Last One Alive", except the first 5 seconds of DH's song would be looping on this song. The song is not as heavy as "Last One Alive". This song is more like hard rock. Like P.O.D. , this band has multiple genres.
"Pains" is an ok song. Oddly enough, they have an EP titled Pains. But this song isn't on there. Weird. This song isn't bad, just not their best.
"Kingdom" mostly a soft song until the middle, and then it gets crazy. A pretty emotional (screamo) crazy. I'm not a Screamo fan (quote, unquote) but, Islander is one of the few exceptions. Like P.O.D. Has some Screamo stuff, and their like my favorite band! It's a good song. (LISTEN TO IT OR DIE) *cough** *cough** I don't know where that came from.....
"Side Effects of Youth" is very thrashy song. It's very aggressive, and in the middle they have mix between Queen's "We Will Rock You" and P.O.D. (I keep mentioning them because I'm building up to something) Great song
"New Wave" has a very 'happy-go-lucky' feel to it. Like "Coconut Dracula", it's one of the album's biggest hits. It also has every right. It even has Metalcore rifts.
The song "Criminals", features Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. On it! Imagine that! (it's what I was building up to) It's a great song, and not just because Sonny is on it. (Which didn't hurt this song at all)
"Mira" isn't anything special. It's just basically an instrumental. It has clips from some movie I believe (not sure about that) and some clips of one of the lines in "The Sadness of Graves".
"Hearts Grow Cold" is a great song. (I know I've said that a lot on this album, but it's because it's true) Again, like most of the songs, it's very emotional Screamo/Post-hardcore stuff. And as I mentioned before, not a Screamo fan, (anymore, anyways).
And finally, the title track. "Violence & Destruction". The final song on the album. It seems like the last tracks usually suck. Not "End of the Age" by Becoming the Archetype, not "Despair" by Living Sacrifice, or this song. Amazing!! The song has some definitely intellectual and professional lyrics.
Sounds Like: P.O.D., Project 86
Mikey Carjaval – Vocals
Andrew Murphy – Guitar
Chris Doot – Bass
Eric Frazier – Drums
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