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Earth Crisis - To The Death

WREN   (346 reviews)

Posted: 03/08/2009 | Comments: 62 | Rate:

Holy Bejebus! Earth Crisis is back! One of my all-time favorite bands ever returns with their first album in 9 years entitled, To The Death, and it's by far their heaviest material to date.

I'm sure you are recalling the nightmares that were Slither and Last Of The Sane. I implore you to try to scratch those travesties from your brain, for it seems that the band has done the same. Gone are the nu-metal overtones, clean vocals, and those silly pleather jackets. It seems that Earth Crisis took the criticism to heart from those last two outings and ditched all the negative aspects of what their music became. They even went as far to not return to the now terrible label they were apart of.

While the band has returned to form with this newest release it's hard to strictly compare it to a single album from their back catalog. Long before the album was finished recording one of the band members made the statement that it sounded like "Breed The Killers meets Destroy The Machines". A statement like that would make you think it would sound very similar to Gomorrah's Season Ends. Well if you go in expecting that you'll be in for a surprise.

I was given the album only a few days ago and I've been able to get through the entire disc atleast 20 times since. Each time the disc cycled through the tracks I found myself picking up more and more influences from the earlier records. Scattered throughout I caught elements that reminded me of all the earlier albums. It's not much secret that as Earth Crisis moved along their career they started to incorporate more metal into their arsenal, but the earlier recordings still had hardcore as the backbone. The hardcore elements of old definitely still creep out throughout the record as if to make sure the signature sound remains in tack. Elements of the newer albums sneak in from time to time as well but more to add some accentuating melodies atop the firestorm (pun intended) that is the rest of the music.

Added to the mix is a new sound that has never been heard on an Earth Crisis record. I liken it to some of more groove parts that Hatebreed has incorporated into their material. It's nice to see the band try something new and not obliterate the wheel in doing so. They tried that with Slither and failed miserably.

The production on this record is the best they've ever had. The guitars have a lot of beef to them. It's a crunch that is new to them. The bass has a nice click to it and stands out just enough to really add some support to the guitars. And Dennis Merrick is still flawless behind the kit. I believe he is the perfect drummer for this band and he sounds better everytime they record. Even Karl has returned to form here. I was a little worried going in because I thought he lacked some power in the newer Path Of Resistence record, but he wiped all doubt away on this album.

Oh, and how can I forget about the message. An Earth Crisis record wouldn't be an Earth Crisis record without a purely pissed message about Veganism and Straightedge. You definitely still get your healthy dose of both in a way only Karl Buechner can dish it out. The title track to this album takes a cue from the title track of Gomorrah's Season Ends and becomes the Vegan anthem for the band stating "VEGAN-FOR LIFE" in the final four bars. I'm sure you get the comparisons between the songs.

This album is so good that it makes me forget all about Slither. Normally when bands reunite after a few or even after a lot of years, a lot of fans do not want new material for fear that they'll ruin a good thing. Well if a band is going to do a comeback album this is the type of stuff they should shoot for. This album has me excited for Earth Crisis again. Now if only they'd play a show at the TLA with Indecision and All Out War again, my life would be complete.

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Comments
GK 9
7,574 Posts
35/M/PA
hmmm, I'm getting it off brickhouse right now
GK 9
7,574 Posts
35/M/PA
ew, but could be worse.
The Legend
2,905 Posts
32/M/PA
cant wait. good review wren.
GK 9
7,574 Posts
35/M/PA
its definitely heavy as balls without being too chugga chugga


After hearing a couple songs, the production is my biggest complaint, but the music is their best in YEARS

And I do love their first 3 or so records.
WastedPotential
6,659 Posts
38/M/VA
Originally posted by: terrorsathan.

hmmm, I'm getting off brickhouse right now

Pulp Free
52,194 Posts
37/M/PA
Originally posted by:terrorsathan.

its definitely heavy as balls without being too chugga chugga


After hearing a couple songs, the production is my biggest complaint, but the music is their best in YEARS

And I do love their first 3 or so records.




really? i think the production is awesome. Sure the rawness of their earlier albums is gone but they sound amazing on this record.
GK 9
7,574 Posts
35/M/PA
you know me
NLFTW
15,148 Posts
35/M/DE
holy fucking good album
LIFE IS PAIN
18,467 Posts
33/M/PA
all i've been able to hear so far is the one song they've released already..

Originally posted by: PHAT MATT

my opinion..... if the whole album sounds just like this song, i will be slightly disappointed. i mean, it's good, don't get me wrong... but it just sounds too much like other stuff they have done.

to me, it sounds like they're taking the commercial "slither" approach with the song structure (choruses, etc.), and adding it to the more metallic and less creative aspects of "breed the killers". i actually felt as if i was listening to freya, which isn't BAD, just not what i want to hear when i'm listening to earth crisis. none of their previous albums have had the same sound as another. that is something that i've always loved about them. they always kept the same theme and feeling, but managed to make every album fresh.

by the looks of it, this will be the weakest song on the album, because it is the one they are doing a video for, trying to make it appealing to a wider audience.

i have high expectations, because they are my favorite band. i love every album they have put out so far. the only way i could be disappointed is if they lose that creative and fresh edge they've always had and basically "re-write" one of their previous records.

Pulp Free
52,194 Posts
37/M/PA
like i stated they have parts throughout the entire record that will remind you of older material but they didn't re-write any of their albums. They borrowed from all to form another album that sounds nothing like the rest but is still Earth Crisis.
LIFE IS PAIN
18,467 Posts
33/M/PA
vanilla gorilla
213,890 Posts
40/M/PA
i think it's pretty decent, and i never got into this band too much back in the day
the sandman
36,573 Posts
9/M/NE
reading this review, sipping a can of yueng
im gay
45,344 Posts
35/M/NY
i need a copy

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