Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Review: Spineshank - Anger Denial Acceptance
The electronic elements of Spineshank that gave them their industrial metal title in the 90's is less on offer on Anger Denial Acceptance but when it makes it's appearance supporting the already stone rooted pounce of The Reckoning the extra depth and tenseness it adds to the overall effect is awe-inspiring. When the electronic elements are fully focused on in interlude Ploriato Morbus proves that the ability to summon up a cold soundscape is still possible by the band's standards.
But amongst all the hardcore madness, the band still make the time to craft more melodic emotional moments into their songs. One has the ability to get confused when Jonny Santos unleashes his clean vocals to smoother verses. It's hard to tell wether he sounds awkward at these moments and it doesn't really support the song itself or if these moments are him trying to sound uncomfortable and at emotional unease in a Jonathan Davis kind of way but when powerful choruses are unleashed on the storming title track and The Endless Disconnect, there is a most sincere impact.
All of this comes together in the closing set of songs on the album, comprising of God Complex (Anger), Motive Method Opportunity (Denial) and Exit Wound (Acceptance) which seamlessly flows from rabid hardcore fury to unsettling industrial soundscapes to emotionally draining metal balladry. It's a flawless performance that really sums up the main goals of Spineshank which they seem to be looking to deliver once again frequently.
While still looking to stand by my claim that nu metal is long dead, not only is it surprising to see Spineshank make a return in 2012, but to see them make a return on top form sounding more refreshed and inspired than ever is an entirely different phenomenon. With a new influence from the traditional metalcore scene rather than the simple riffs of nu metal, Spineshank use Anger Denial Acceptance to pick up where they left off stronger than ever.
Spineshank's Anger Denial Acceptance is out now via Century Media.