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Salt The Wound - "Kill The Crown" (CD)

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"Kill The Crown" track listing:

1. Kill the Crown
2. To the Top
3. Elle Ess Dee
4. Why Don't You Have A Seat?
5. Cash on Delivery
6. Early Mornings and Late Nights
7. A Year In The Suburbs
8. The Cliff Before The Fall
9. Breathless
10. Consequence

Reviewed by on June 17, 2011

"Salt The Wound are still thumbing through the well-worn copy of 'How to copy At The Gates’ best riffs Vol. 7'"

Despite some members of the metal community treating the deathcore scene with the same level of disdain as some ungodly Justin Bieber/Backstreet Boys collaboration, it’s actually not as bad as you think. Yeah, like any new genre of metal that gets popular quickly, there are bound to be a number of terrible bands, but of course, there are certainly some diamonds in the rough. Salt The Wound, however, probably falls right in the middle of the two piles.

Reforming after their original split in the first half of 2010, the Cleveland, Ohio five-piece has returned with its original line-up, including frontman Kevin Schaefer, who came back three years after his departure from the band he helped form. Tracks like “Cash On Delivery,” “To The Top” and “The Cliff Before The Fall” tick a lot of good boxes: powerhouse drum work? Check. Chugging guitars? Check. Vicious vocals? Check.

The thing is that some of the groups in the deathcore movement have learned that they’ve got to change to stand out from the herd. Bands like King Conquer and Thy Art Is Murder are making their sound much heavier, aggressive and just straight up more evil than a lot of their peers. On the other hand, Salt The Wound is still thumbing through the well-worn copy of “How to copy At The Gates’ best riffs Vol. 7.”

That’s not to take away from the songs themselves though, and for what they are, they’re pretty decent. It's just the fact that anyone even vaguely following the latest death metal trends would have heard this stuff plenty of times before. The only track that really holds the distinction of being a breath of fresh air on the album is the closing number “Consequence." Even though it’s becoming a recurring thing for modern metal releases being closed with an "epic" instrumental piece, the six-and-half-minute finisher is the album's highest point.

It’s not that "Kill The Crown" is a bad record; it’s just that during their time off, the scene has been flooded by bands that are either better or exactly the same as Salt The Wound. It’s hard to imagine that “Kill The Crown” will set anyone but the die-hard fans alight.

Highs: The songs are decent for what they are

Lows: Repetitive and you've heard it all before

Bottom line: Salt The Wound fans need only apply to "Kill The Crown"

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)