Son Survivor - Age Of Conscience
Review by Shannon Shumaker
Denver metal band Son Survivor have crafted a very well rounded and timeless release with their new full-length album, Age Of Conscience. Carried by powerful vocals, spectacular guitar work and a rhythm section to be reckoned with, Age Of Conscience packs a punch from start to finish and finds a perfect balance between melodic moments and explosions of sound that’ll remind you why you fell in love with music like Son Survivor's to begin with.
Age Of Conscience’s opening track sets the tone of the album right off the bat and lets listeners know what to expect from the following ten songs - a perfect push and pull between melodic, clean choruses and aggressive screams as well as wild, intricate guitar work and surprisingly spectacular bass. You’ll quickly come to realize that each song has a little something impressive to it, though, be it powerful lyricism (“Cosmic Decay”) insane bass work (“The Wheel”) or simply just explosive energy (“Self Loathing”).
Although some of the songwriting patterns on Age Of Conscience can threaten to become repetitive, there are plenty of stand-out moments that help to shake things up and keep you interested throughout these eleven songs. For instance, the second song, “Digital Diary” further explores the wide range of Son Survivor’s abilities in the bass and drum driven intro that is quickly rounded out with sweeping guitar and wild screams. This is followed by the high energy, “Self Loathing,” which also helps to shake things up.
If you’re looking for the perfect taste test of Age Of Conscience, then “Cosmic Decay” is the song for you. Not only does the stunning guitar work really help to split the album up and stop things from feeling stagnant, but the lyrical content of the song (especially lines like “Should I put up a fight or should I just give up?”) is incredibly powerful. The album’s final bass-driven track, “The Wheel” is also a standout for similar reasons. Meanwhile, “Kerosene” and “The Optimist” host some of the album’s most dynamic vocal work.
From track to track, Son Survivor’s Age Of Conscience is sure to surprise you with timeless vocal work and spectacular songwriting. These eleven songs are not only dynamic, but they further cement Son Survivor’s place in the music scene. Age Of Conscience has that little spark that’ll remind you why you fell in love metal and artists like Son Survivor ten or fifteen years ago, making this album a surefire long lasting release.
LISTEN TO: "Cosmic Decay" or "Kerosene"
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