Makes me wonder just what it is that has me hooked. The more I think about it, I think it is the fact that the album is rock solid. No, it doesn't tread new territories, but not everything has to. Sometimes, too much attention is paid on being completely original and not enough stock is put into solid song creation. Jasta and Windstein have teamed to write and album that combines their strengths into a solid wall of sludgecore (I love that term, it seems so appropriate in describing this sound). Jasta brought his distinctive vocals and blunt lyrics of empowerment and Windstein brought his signature guitar sound, thus slamming their two home bands into one that takes strengths from both.
While the Jasta/Windstein connection is the core of the band, they are not the only guys here, they have a solid supporting cast that fill out their sound and create a bed of sound as playground for them to create in. On drums is Unearth's Derek Kerswill, while Louisiana local Matthew Brunson handles bass playing duties, adding to the guitar sound is Steve Gibb (son of BeeGee Barry Gibb), formerly of Black Label Society, and currently a member of Crowbar.
Songs to pay attention to include: "Piece it All Back Together," "Demon Eyes (Demonized)," "Screaming into the Sky," and "Buried in Black." Although, truth be told, this album is strong from front to back, and coming in under forty minutes, it does not waste time and does not overstay its welcome.
Bottomline. While this cannot be called a great album, I like it a lot. I have a feeling that a lot of you will find it the same way. This is a collaboration that just takes two guys with different, yet similar styles and puts them together to have a little fun in creating some music. Give it a shot, you may be surprised by what you find.
01. Hear This Prayer for Her 3:56
02. Grieve a Lifetime 3:23
03. Piece It All Back Together 3:33
04. Lead into Demise 3:12
05. Demon Eyes (Demonized) 2:35
06. With Unspoken Words 3:20
07. Free the Fallen 2:51
08. Screaming into the Sky 5:40
09. Lead the Ghosts Astray 2:31
10. Begging for the Truth 3:33
11. Buried in Black 4:04