Release Date: February 26, 2002
Reviewed by Vin Cherubino
Subject to change is exactly how the title said it would be, the advance copy of this album was available since last year, and the album had seen numerous delays and a few changes. Their major label debut off Immortal has been anticipated for a long time, and the final copy is one of the best metal CDs I have heard this year (and last year).
Songs like “Religion”, “Four Walls”, “Walk Away”, “Reflections”, “Skins”, and “Inside” are some of the heaviest yet melodical tunes of metal bliss you will ever hear. The anger and emotion present is so powerful, you become part of it. You feel the intensity, the rage, and at the same time you totally enjoying the amazing riff work and song melody. Ben Schigel’s dramatic vocals pound out the screams and soften up the melodies, a very good mix indeed. A dark atmosphere with rock done right is an excellent reflection of the album. Not as powerful as Slayer, but hey it’s not supposed to be. Nu metal? I don’t think so. The album is too good to be labeled anywhere near that genre. This is an all out release of aggression.
For those of you interested in seeing these guys in action, they are playing the latter half of Ozzfest 2002, something that should not be missed by any means. The CD shouldn’t be looked over either. Check it out, you won’t be sorry.