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Earth Crisis - Salvation Of Innocents

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Posted: 01/23/2014 | Comments: 103 | Rate:

While I make it clear that White Zombie is my favorite band of all time, I also make sure to mention that there is no band out there that has affected me on a more personal level than Syracuse’s Earth Crisis. Known for their hard stance against drugs and alcohol as well as their affection for all living creatures, their message made such an impact on the confused 14 year old me that I have adopted a lot of their message in my own life. From the moment I first heard them and all the albums from All Out War to Breed The Killers, Earth Crisis was flawless to me and seemed to improve with age. Then Slither happened. It has been since that record that I now go into a new record from the Militant Vegan Straightedge Fivesome with a cringe like all characters from every horror movie as they open the closet, not knowing if the killer is in there or not. Jumping headfirst into the bands 7th full length album, Salvation Of Innocents was no exception.

Before Earth Crisis “broke up” in 2001, they were band that rarely conformed to trends. The nu-metal friend Slither was the sole exception. Destroy The Machines, along with records like Systems Overload and Truth In The Age Of Lies, was as important to what would become the metalcore scene, as records like Master Of Puppets and Reign In Blood were to the metal community. Their style of groove heavy metalcore without traditional song patterns was a sound that many bands tried to replicate. Upon the bands return from their hiatus, the roles seemed to have reversed. While 2009’s To The Death was arguably the bands heaviest offering, it marked a change in how Earth Crisis formatted their songs. More traditional verse/chorus/verse friendly material dominated the record and continued onto the follow-up in Neutralize The Threat. These records were solid and only marked a mild change after 8 years of being out of the game but it seems the writing was on the wall for more conformity.

This brings us to Salvation Of Innocents.

One of the biggest complaints that Slither had was the inclusion of clean vocals. It seems like a petty thing to complain about but when a band as angry at the world as Earth Crisis us that type of a melodic curveball it really takes the wind out of your sails. The album has been so poorly received that even the band kind of jokes about it in that “sorry for that” attitude. I’m all for a band trying to branch out and experiment, especially when the message is the most important aspect of the music. However, there is a point where you have to draw the line. The band didn’t do that and they paid dearly for it in criticism. Here we are 14 years after that debacle and we’re being thrown that curveball yet again. Yes, the clean vocals are back. Now it’s not nearly as bad as the vocals that reared their ugly head on Slither, it’s more of the current trend of trying to replicate the Kirk Windstein, half whine in misery type of clean vocals. Hell, even the 3rd song sounds like the band was listening to some Time Heals Nothing when they wrote it. Before everyone stops reading and gets all mad at the re-inclusion of these vocals, I will say some of it comes off rather tolerable after you get through the initial shock of hearing them and the good news is they only appear on half the songs.

Musically the record is still post-hiatus Earth Crisis. The verse/chorus/verse format still exists but the band has decided to experiment in some other positive ways. Along with the aforementioned Crowbar influence, the band seemed to tastefully include some elements of European melodic metalcore. It’s a throwback sound in terms of the where the metalcore genre is currently but it really worked blended in with Earth Crisis’ signature sound. Known for their relatively mid-paced approach to song speed, the band did write some fast jams this time out and the band blasts out of the gate right away with easily the 2 fastest Earth Crisis songs ever written.

It really pains me to give Earth Crisis less than a 100% positive review. As a band that really reached out to me with their message, I want nothing but the best from people I could consider idols. However, Salvation Of Innocents is a disappointment for me. It’s not all bad. Songs like The Morbid Glare, Out Of The Cages, and Final Breath are some of the best songs they’ve written post-hiatus and definitely worth the listen but the clean vocals and some of the melodies around them lost me on a bunch of the other tracks. With half the record being really good and the other half being a matter of your own personal taste, I would say to still check it out. This is one that a review isn’t going to give you enough of an idea, it’s one you need to decide on your own.

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Comments
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
Sounds like I'll be skipping this one.
Pulp Free
52,193 Posts
35/M/PA
The more reviews that come out with a single comment on the clean vocals, I expect more and more people to have the same feeling as you Dan. I have listened to it a dozen times straight through and some parts grew on me, some got worse.
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
I've always liked Earth Crisis, but never been huge on them. So I'm okay with skipping over something that would be considered mediocre by their bigger fans.
still oh so ill
8,438 Posts
37/M/MD
This review bums me out... but I'll still check out the record. Hearing that there are clean vocal parts makes me happy that the Art Space has a shitty PA, so maybe I won't have to actually listen to them live. lol
TIGHTDICKPLAYA
24,550 Posts
42/M/PA
i just heard the new track from it and i'm not impressed. it sounds like they're happy being mediocre and trudging along to capitalize off the name.
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
It's gotta be better than the new Freya.
Pulp Free
52,193 Posts
35/M/PA
My review should indicate that it isn't all bad. There are still some really solid songs and even the songs that lost me, they were good around the questionable clean vocal/melody parts.
I have no legs!
27,235 Posts
8/M/PA
Mr. Theory is angry. Please do list off 50 hardcore/metalcore bands from their era that are better, remember that era is the 90s . They were teenagers that influenced a genre, countless bands. They weren't trying to be technically proficient, but that came as they got older. Technicality doesn't equate to amazing songs. Also, bringing PFC into the argument is asinine, those people you're bitching about are morons. I know countless EXC fans that LOVE PFC, even the band themselves loved EXC as at a PFC reunion they had a cover band called Destroy the Machines that covered said album start to finish. BTBAM have also covered EXC. If they didn't do something MANY perceived to be important, we wouldn't be talking about them over 2 decades later. All of that said, the new song I just heard is just decent, still curious to hear the rest.
I have no legs!
27,235 Posts
8/M/PA
I never said other bands weren't heavier. I said hardcore and metalcore, clearly different genres. You're also clearly trolling, so have fun.
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
Originally posted by: grungling



edt*** Craley, don't lurk my profile.



the only reason that happened was to make sure this was you because although i have you blocked on the forums it doesn't work in reviews and news......i had to verify that there was still only one self righteous lunatic on this site

also, I'll do whatever the fuck I please
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
Lol please teach me about reality.
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
hahahaha please do
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
are these insults?
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
I'm gonna take a nap....I'll be back in an hour or two to see what you have to say.
I brought gifts
17,766 Posts
33/M/MD
Originally posted by: grungling

What's it like knowing your daughter won't see you at her 18th birthday because I'll make you take your life? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA



It's going to take you 18 years? You aren't very efficient are you?

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