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Review: A Night In Texas – The God Delusion

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Review by Andriana.

As many of you may know, A Night in Texas is a 5 piece deathcore act signed to Skull and Bones records. The God Delusion was one of the most anticipated albums of 2015, does it disappoint? Let’s delve into the world of deathcore for a bit to discuss this fine album. It can be purchased from iTunes, the band’s Big Cartel, and Google Play. If you just want to listen to it, and not buy it, you can listen to it on Spotify.

The God Delusion starts off with “The God Delusion”. It’s a misleading song for 60 seconds or so, but that is soon forgotten when a wall of guitars and high­ pitched vocals smack your face. Once the short intro is over the song is fast from start to finish. Tremolo­ picked high notes played behind the satisfyingly horrific vocals really make the song sound demonic and secular, if you will. There is pulsing blast beats accompanying down­ tuned riffage during each breakdown, all of which are heavy and don’t leave you hanging around. Cymbals, toms, and the snare come in very clearly and sound balanced with guitars and vocals.

“Satan’s Upheaval” is next and was actually released as a single a while back. The album version of this song sounds a bit faster than the original, but equally as sick. This song has ambient elements at parts leading into breakdowns. One guitar plays long high notes while everything else is flaming away. The guitar wall returns two times in “Satan’s Upheaval” with cinder blocks and are mind­ blowing, face ­melting breakdowns. The frantic vocals fit this song perfectly; it would be difficult to use other vocal styles and make it work as well. I often find it somewhat difficult to review songs I really like because it isn’t enough to simply say “it’s sick” or “brutal”, but I’m going to do that with this song.

“I, Godless” is track 5 and has a similar ambient sound as “Satan’s Upheaval” by ethereal high notes sustaining through extreme drumming, heavy riffs, and the spectacular vocals. There are sections where the drums match what one of the guitars plays, which I really like because I feel like there is a bit more style added to the drummer. The drums stood out to me in this song because of the synchronization. The speed of the guitar riff is the speed of the drums. If there are a sequence of chugs then there are a sequence of bass kick, it’s great.

“Heathen” comes after “I, Godless.” “Heathen” gets right to the punch, almost literally. This song is played very fast, yet so accurately. By that I mean nothing is sacrificed for speed. This song still delivers the riffs and brick­ dropping breakdowns you would want from ANIT. I know I already mentioned the drums a lot so far, but they are too interesting to ignore. Quick and short fills are thrown in and there is a lot of cymbal smashing. Pig squeals make an appearance here halfway through the song. They were a colorful addition to a breakdown.

The others songs were great to listen to. If you liked one, you will probably like the rest. The album fit into the metaphorical shoes rather well. I know I say this in most of my reviews, but I would like to hear the bass more. I couldn’t really make it out at all, even during the bone-shattering breakdowns. Overall the album was, indeed, face ­melting and everything else was audible. I really liked the sound of the snare drum and the guitars tones. The guitars were heavy and were loaded with distortion, but I was still able to hear individual notes, meaning it wasn’t overbearing distortion. The vocals pair with the music all too well and can only be explained as high­ pitched madness. I feel like this album was a good follow up from Invigoration ­EP.

If only I could hear the bassist this album would be close to 10, but for now I rate it 9/10

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