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Review: Left To The Wolves – In The Absence Of Humanity

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Left To The Wolves’ In The Absence of Humanity is a death filled journey that is sure to satisfy metal enthusiasts of most every genre, with heavy influences deriving mostly from deathcore, death metal and black metal. In The Absence of Humanity is an outstanding album that pulls the best from genres all across metal, and presents them in a favorable way time and time again. Left To The Wolves have proven themselves capable song writers and masterful musicians with a knack for putting together great songs.
In The Absence of Humanity starts with the track “Broken Bones Upon The Alter“. It’s a great intro that gets straight to the madness and shows fairly accurately what to expect of the rest of the album. From blastbeats to panic chords, slam breakdowns to slow ballad-like bridges, this track contains a variety of tools to fit as a soundtrack to a massacre. As the album progresses, you’ll find guitar solos, standard metalcore guitar riffs, machine-gun drumming, heavy bass lines and vocals you could expect to find on either a black metal or deathcore album.

Andy Yates (Vocals), Daniel Brown (Vocals), Chris O’Bryan (Guitar), Brandon “Thor” Thompson (Guitar), Anthony Palmiero (Bass), and Austin Hamilton (Drums) all perform very well. The vocals are well practiced and fit very well with the music. The highs sound very black metal/deathcore, while the low screams and growls sound very much like classic, gruesome deathcore. Both of the guitarists play technically well, with the rare solo sounding great and the staccato picking sound very much like Miss May I or Keep of Kalessin. You’ll notice metalcore-like riffs weaving in and out occasionally, the breakdowns switch between a metalcore and a deep, legato deathcore sound. The bass chugs away, keeping the tracks heavy while the guitars shred, though it’s very much a background instrument. The drums are always busy, whether smashing the snare, blasting through kick hits or creating impacts or transitions with cymbals.

Overall, all nine tracks on In The Absence of Humanity are heavy, intense, have great energy and just plain fun to listen to. You’ll rarely find yourself in a slump of too-generic song writing, and each song on the album differs enough to stand out without making the album sound experimental, or like it was just thrown together with random songs. In short, In The Absence of Humanity is a great addition to any metal-head’s collection that I’d recommend to anyone who likes angry, heavy, deathcore with intense vocals, but isn’t just interested in the mindless chugs. There are plenty of fast riffs a metalcore fan would appreciate, guitar solos a death metal fan will love, and breakdowns any deathcore fan could get down with.

9/10

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