Vocals – Jeffrey Wellfare
Lead Guitar – Jye Menzies
Guitar – Kris Sheehan
Bass – Maurice Morfaw
Drums – Tyler March
1. Reign of Terror
2. Red Light District
4. To Whom it May Concern
5. I Hate You
6. Oxy Sunrise
7. Beating the Blade
9. Make War, Not Love
‘Reign of Terror’ is an anthem filled tribute to the by gone sub genre that focused on the coming of age, it’s tempting to say that the sub-genre has never really been put to bed, more just floated in the background.
With this band in particular there is hope, of this coming back and being part of the hall of fame, with the ranks of In Flames, Head PE and Still remains in the influence sphere it’s not too surprising that the album contains strong hooks, impressive melodies and if not frank but completely relatable lyrics about teenage angst, that person who got away and the fact that there was no one to go to the prom with.
Opening the album with a track of the same name “Reign of Terror” arrives with a raspy and time released growl that allows you into the soul window of the album, you can feel pain as it quickly divulges into “Red light District”.
Now this is location that doesn’t on the surface necessarily conjure up a horrible time, however the troupe address the issues of heart break with a strong and anger filled echoing melodies with emphasis on certain words that are highlighted with orchestration. The chorus is a swan song of despair and a desolation that could only work with some swearing and lots of keyboards to emphases the annoyance.
Outside of this being an angst broiled piece there are some good guitar licks as “Smirk” starts as it truly means to go on, with the Soilwork sounding keyboards with moments that are getting very close to being mistaken for an In Flames record.
With later songs like “Oxy Sunshine” whose keyboards you can’t help but think have been used in a female fronted goth rock band work well behind the screams and gruff pronunciations. Although it’s not until penultimate track “make war, not love” do you start to get a feel of the sound that the band are trying to get hold of and make their own. With a acoustic closure in “Janina” there is a heavy theme over a calm exterior, it’s worth a listen or two as there are some good qualities to it.
There seems to be a lot going on at once and not really enough sound space to cover it all. Along with listening to this without any of it’s tales releivent is odd, as this genre is lost past outgrown personally. But, once you get over the vast similarities to the old school Nu-Metal pastiches it’s not a bad album, it’s well mixed and would benefit from being heard within a live setting as there is a lot of energy within it.